Many factors influence the health of a baby while it is developing, and the mother's health has considerable impact, mainly through the placenta. The placenta is a channel by which the mother's body can supply a growing embryo with nutrients and other compounds. It helps the embryo develop throughout the entire course of the pregnancy and also impacts the mother's health and hormones. But the placenta is an intricate and multi-dimensional organ that performs many duties.


1. What Is the Placenta?

The placenta is a temporary organ that develops during pregnancy. It is the only organ of its kind, performing the functions of multiple other organs simultaneously and is discarded when no longer needed. It provides both oxygen and nutrients to the fetus and removes waste from the baby's bloodstream. This waste includes carbon dioxide, which means the placenta acts as a respiratory system. It also helps build the baby's immune system by providing antibodies against diseases.

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