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Is your placenta showing ‘signs of aging and deterioration’?

is your placenta showing signs of agingHave you ever been told that your placenta is “showing signs of aging and deterioration” and that this is a reason for induction?

I once was. ?
Well, this evidence-based article debunks the myth of ‘placental inefficiency’ being a cause of increased perinatal mortality.

Definitely worth a read (and a re-read as you get closer to your estimated due date). ?

A review of the available evidence indicates that the placenta does not undergo a true aging change during pregnancy. There is, in fact, no logical reason for believing that the placenta, which is a fetal organ, should age while the other fetal organs do not: the situation in which an individual organ ages within an organism that is not aged is one which does not occur in any biological system. The persisting belief in placental aging has been based on a confusion between morphological maturation and differentiation and aging, a failure to appreciate the functional resources of the organ, and an uncritical acceptance of the overly facile concept of “placental insufficiency” as a cause of increased perinatal mortality.” https://fn.bmj.com/content/77/3/F171
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