What Is a Placenta and How Do You Keep It Healthy?
Your body goes through fascinating changes when you’re pregnant to create the perfect environment for a baby to grow in. One such change is the formation of the placenta.
The placenta is the crucial connection between the fetus and the mother. Throughout the pregnancy, it carries out all the biological functions that fetuses can’t do for themselves yet. It supplies nutrients and oxygen and eliminates waste produced by the fetus. It produces pregnancy hormones – the placenta produces a number of hormones throughout pregnancy, each of which plays an important role in supporting the pregnancy.
Placenta fully develops by week 18-20 of pregnancy, but it continues to grow to support the baby’s oxygen, growing nutrition, and immunity needs.
Behind a healthy baby is a healthy placenta. Here are a few tips for maintaining a healthy placenta throughout your pregnancy:
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet – lots of fresh vegetables and fruits
- Exercise regularly during your pregnancy.
- Take part in stress-releasing activities such as meditation and spending time with loved ones.
- Avoid smoking and alcohol.