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The placenta is a large organ that forms in your uterus when you are pregnant. It supplies your baby with nutrients and oxygen through the umbilical cord.
The placenta does not always develop normally. This can mean that the placenta is too small, too thick, or too thin. Or it may not be attached well to the uterus. If the placenta is not normal, your baby may not get the needed food and oxygen.
Placental insufficiency may cause your baby to grow more slowly or there to be less amniotic fluid around your baby. This can be related to high blood pressure in pregnancy and pre-eclampsia.
Your healthcare provider will watch your baby's growth and health carefully during your pregnancy. You may have ultrasound tests more often to give you and your healthcare provider information about your baby's growth and how much amniotic fluid there is. Your healthcare provider may advise you to follow a plan to help you have a healthy baby.
If your healthcare provider thinks that your baby's health is at risk, you may need to see them more often and, in some cases, they may recommend an early delivery.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your healthcare provider or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Share this information with your partner or a friend. They can help you watch for warning signs.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your healthcare provider, midwife, or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your healthcare provider, midwife, or nurse call line if you have any questions or concerns.
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Adaptation Date: 3/21/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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