Placental insufficiency

Placental dysfunction; Uteroplacental vascular insufficiency; Oligohydramnios

The placenta is the link between you and your baby. When the placenta does not work as well as it should, your baby can get less oxygen and nutrients from you. As a result, your baby may:

  • Not grow well
  • Show signs of fetal stress (this means the baby's heart does not work normally)
  • Have a harder time during labor
Anatomy of a normal placenta

The placenta provides the fetus with oxygen and nutrients and takes away waste such as carbon dioxide via the umbilical cord.


In the placenta, nutrients, wastes, and gases are exchanged between the mothers blood and the babys blood.



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