About the placenta
The placenta is a large organ that develops during pregnancy.
It is attached to the wall of the uterus, usually at the top or side.
The umbilical cord connects the placenta to your baby.
Alcohol, nicotine and other drugs and medicines can cross the placenta and damage your baby.
What substances can cross the placenta?
Other substances that pass through the placenta include red blood cell antigens, carbon dioxide, oxygen, some viruses, and nutrients.
What week does the placenta attach?
The umbilical cord attaches to the baby at the abdomen and to the mother at the placenta. The cord forms during the fifth week of gestation (seventh week of pregnancy).
What harmful substances can pass through the placenta?
Tobacco, alcohol and drugs can have harmful effects on anyone’s health. When a pregnant or nursing woman uses these substances, her baby also is exposed to them, for all substances cross the placenta through the umbilical cord and enter into the baby’s bloodstream.
How does food pass through the placenta?
Food reaches your developing baby through the umbilical cord after being filtered through the placenta. After digestion, the food will be absorbed into the blood and passed from mother to child through the placenta, a very efficient filter that rejects harmful elements, such as bacteria, that can harm the fetus.
Does ondansetron cross the placenta?
On the other hand, high molecular-weight drugs like heparin (20,000 daltons) do not cross the placenta. It is therefore widely used to treat hypercoagulation during pregnancy. Zofran (ondansetron) has properties that cause it to easily cross the placenta in substantial amounts.
Can drugs cross the placenta?
Most drugs with MW < 500 Da cross the placenta, and most drugs with MW > 1000 Da do not cross the placenta (ex. heparin, protamine, insulin). Neither succinylcholine (highly ionized) or non-depolarizing NMBDs (high molecular weights) cross the placenta.
Can you feel the placenta attaching?
The placenta can attach virtually anywhere in the uterus to nourish your baby. Usually the placenta positions itself at either the top or side of the uterus. But it’s always possible that the placenta will attach to the front of the stomach, a position known as an anterior placenta.
Does the placenta attach at 7 weeks?
In these early weeks of pregnancy the embryo is attached to a tiny yolk sac which provides nourishment. The embryo is surrounded by fluid inside the amniotic sac. It’s the outer layer of this sac that develops into the placenta.
Why do hospitals keep the placenta?
The placenta is an organ that your body creates to give your soon-to-be-baby oxygen and nutrients while in the womb. Some moms want to keep the placenta to eat at home as a way to potentially stave off some of the less enjoyable after-effects of birth. Others want to plant it with a tree to commemorate the birth.
What can harm a unborn baby?
What are the risks to my baby?
- miscarriage or stillbirth.
- low birth weight.
- sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
- asthma and other respiratory problems.
Can chemical fumes harm a fetus?
Chemical exposure can occur in a variety of ways. You can breathe it in, ingest it in foods or beverages, or in some cases, absorb it through your skin. For most hazardous substances, pregnant women must be exposed to a large amount of chemicals for a prolonged period of time for them to be harmful to baby.
Can pushing on belly hurt baby?
It’s fine to ‘poke’ the outside of the baby bump. Of course, just because it won’t hurt baby, doesn’t mean she can’t feel you poking — in fact, baby will probably feel you move and poke before you can start to feel her, which is usually at around 18 to 20 weeks. And when baby’s big enough, she might even poke back!
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