When you're an expecting mom, your body develops a specific organ to keep your preborn child alive and well. This organ is commonly referred to as the placenta – your baby’s life support system as he or she grows in your womb. It plays a significant role in ensuring your baby is safe and healthy upon delivery. To give you a better understanding about its function, here's what the placenta can do for your baby:
Delivering oxygen and removing carbon dioxide is probably the most important function of the placenta. Since babies don't have the ability to breathe on their own, it will serve as their respiratory tract all throughout the period you're carrying them in your womb.
Another essential function of the placenta is to supply your preborn child with the proper amount of nourishment to support their growth and development. Placenta transports nourishment (both food and drink) to them so they could get all the nutrients, minerals, and vitamins they need to stay alive and well.
Protects from Infection
In addition to providing nourishment and oxygen, the placenta acts as a layer of protection to your preborn child. This gives them immunity from common diseases such as colds, influenza, sinusitis, ear infections, and other types of illnesses. It serves as your baby's antibodies as you carry them in your womb.
The placenta is key to the healthy growth and survival of your baby until the day of your delivery. As such, you need to be consistent when it comes to monitoring your overall condition and be more careful with what you eat as it will impact not only your health but your baby’s, too.
If you want to check on the health and condition of your placenta, it's best to consult your doctor for advice.
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