The placenta is the only temporary organ in the human body that is lodged in the female body for a unique and exclusive period such as pregnancy. In addition to this curious fact, it is extremely important, not for the mother, but for the baby that grows inside the mother’s womb.
Appearance of Placenta
Similar in appearance to the liver, the placenta is full of veins and vessels that are irrigated by the mother’s blood. It is responsible for taking the necessary nutrients for the formation and also the oxygenation of the fetus.
The baby does not breathe inside the womb , all the oxygen that the baby consumes is supplied by the placenta through the umbilical cord, oxygen supplied by the mother’s body. But such an important organ can pose some doubts for moms when examined by the doctor during prenatal care.
In this post we will explain some definitions that are mentioned in the ultrasound reports and that may or may not mean a warning sign. With you: anterior placenta, posterior placenta and low placenta. To better understand, we must remember that pregnancy is accommodated in the uterus, which is, after the skin, the second human organ that has the greatest expansion capacity. It is capable of growing to about 100 times its size. During the pregnancy, the baby and the placenta are accommodated, which, through the umbilical cord , takes the baby everything needed for their development.
The anterior placenta is the location on the front wall of the uterus. For this reason, it is called anterior, which is anterior to the uterus and close to the pregnant woman’s belly. The anterior placenta can be located on the right or left in the uterus, but always on the front.
The posterior placenta, like the anterior one, is called the location of the placental fixation position in the uterus. Unlike the anterior placenta, the posterior one is attached to the wall near the pregnant woman’s back. It is also possible that the placenta is attached to the right or left of the uterus.
The fundal placenta is located at the top of the mother’s uterus. It is located at the top closest to the tubes and from a distance, it is the best place for fixation of the placenta.
The low placenta of all options is the only one that can mean a problem in pregnancy, however, this problem only for childbirth and not for the pregnancy itself.
Since it is located close to, if not on, the cervix, it can prevent the baby from being born through normal delivery. Even if the woman has dilation, if the low placenta is complete, it prevents the baby from passing through the cervix.
The low placenta can be located anteriorly or posteriorly within the uterus, but always below what it should be, at the top of the growing uterus. You can learn more about the low placenta in this post on the website .
Aspects of Placenta Anterior, Placenta Posterior and Fúndica
It is important to remember that the location of the placenta is determined by the location where the zygote (embryo) is fixed after fertilization. The best place for fixing the baby is the lower and softer part of the endometrium.
placental positions in utero
Fixation will determine whether the placenta will be low, posterior or anterior. It is also possible to determine degrees of the placenta , the smaller, the better it will be and the healthier it will be. If your placenta is in grade zero or 1, it means that it is still quite young from grade 2 onwards and maturing grade 3 means that it is old , but is still capable of maintaining a healthy pregnancy. So the pregnancy is going well and the prenatal care is well accompanied, there is nothing to worry about.
It is possible that the uterus accommodates more than one placenta at the same time, in which case the pregnancy will be twin and not all placentas will have the same accommodation inside the uterus. If there are more than 2 babies, then it is possible that they have all the positions mentioned here in this text, simultaneously.
Speaking of which, it is also worth remembering that the placenta may not be fixed in the same place for the same woman in different pregnancies. So if there was a low placenta in the first pregnancy, it is not a worrying precedent for the second pregnancy, in this case the maxim that each pregnancy is unique is really true.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.