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What are the risks of an over matured placenta at 33 weeks pregnant?

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Asked by Yngmomnwife at 4:44 PM on Oct. 21, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • All placenta's mature. How mature is your placenta? If you are 33 weeks, is it 34? 35? Once your placenta is aged 40 weeks it will deliver less nutrients to the baby, generally speaking. You'll need to speak with your OB for more details and what they will be watching for. Matured placenta has been linked to an increase chance of hemangioma's (vascular birth marks on babies that happen in about 10% of babies).

    Answer by Serafyna at 5:16 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

  • He said it was a fully matured placenta, that it looked like a 40 week placenta.

    Answer by Yngmomnwife at 5:21 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

  • Did he schedule you for another ultrasound in a few weeks? My guess is they will measure the baby to make sure growth is still happening in line with fetal age (to indicate the baby is still getting enough nutrients) -- and that your amniotic fluids still remain good. Placenta age isn't a "sure" thing. Call your doctor for more detail if he didn't explain better what this means. Ask for a best and worst case scenario so you can put your mind at ease.


    Answer by Serafyna at 5:34 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

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