What you ought to Know of the Placenta


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The placenta is a pancake-like organ that attaches to the inside of the uterus during pregnancy. The umbilical cord connects the fetus to the placenta so that nutrients, blood, and oxygen can get to the fetus from the mother. It also helps remove waste from the fetus’s blood. The placenta, an organ that develops inside your uterus, provides a connection between you and your baby.

This connection (via the umbilical cord) is what helps to sustain your developing baby. The placenta is a unique organ. It’s temporary, it develops only during pregnancy. Each pregnancy results in the development of a new placenta. The placenta is a larger circular organ that will eventually grow to be about the size of a dinner plate.

The placenta acts as an intermediary between you and your baby, processing the foods you eat and turning them into your developing child’s source of nutrition. Other functions of the placenta include the followin. The placenta is an organ that develops in your uterus to support the fetus during pregnancy.

It usually attaches to the top or the side of the uterus and grows at a rate comparable to the fetus at first. At as early as 10 weeks, the placenta can be picked up on an ultrasound. The placenta is a temporary organ that forms during the first trimester of pregnancy, usually is fully developed by week 13. The developing fetus and the mother are connected through the placenta via the umbilical cord. Characteristics of the placenta.

The average placenta at term: Has a blue-red color and a discoid shape. An organ that only existed in pregnant women, the placenta serves as the main source of life support for a developing baby. It provides the baby with oxygen and vital nutrients, and filters out the things that aren’t needed via the umbilical cord, which is attached to the baby and the placenta. 9 What is Placenta Previa?

A placenta is an organ that is connected to the uterus of the mother during pregnancy. It plays the most important role of delivering nutrients and oxygen from the blood of the mother to the blood of the baby. An umbilical cord connects the placenta to the baby. What is.

If you want to keep your placenta—to eat it, plant it in the garden, create art with it or whatever else (we’re not judging)—let your midwife or obstetrician know. Most hospitals will release it to you without a fuss. After delivery, a nurse will place it in a clean plastic bag or bucket.

The blood vessels and other parts of the placenta grow deeply into the uterine wall and prevents the placenta from detaching naturally as it is supposed to after the baby is born and can cause a life threatening situation.

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The placenta and its layers allow for exchanges between the maternal and fetal circulations so that nutrients can be supplied and wastes removed.

“Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals” by R. Michael Akers, D. Michael Denbow
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Describe the functions of the placenta.

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The placenta is highly vascularized tissue with a large surface area that comes in contact with a relatively large volume of maternal blood, which is required for normal placental function, and thereby makes the placenta vulnerable to toxicants.

“Veterinary Toxicology: Basic and Clinical Principles” by Ramesh C. Gupta
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The major function of the placenta is to provide for diffusion of foodstuffs and oxygen from the mother’s blood into the fetus’s blood and diffusion of excretory products from the fetus back into the mother.

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Its main functional units are the chorionic villi within which fetal blood is separated by only three or four cell layers (placental membrane) from maternal blood in the surrounding intervillous space (Fig.11.1), termed as “blood-placental barrier.”

“Drug Transporters in Drug Disposition, Effects and Toxicity” by Xiaodong Liu, Guoyu Pan
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The placenta is an organ full of blood vessels that take oxygen and food from the blood of the mother through the wall of her uterus and pass them into the blood of the baby.

“Facing the Facts: The Truth about Sex and You” by Stan Jones, Brenna Jones
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The human placenta is a multifunctional tissue and during pregnancy it is involved in the transport of nutrients and metabolic products to the fetus as well as the release of hormones and enzymes into the maternal circulation.

“Mucosal Immunology” by Jiri Mestecky, Warren Strober, Michael W. Russell, Hilde Cheroutre, Bart N. Lambrecht, Brian L Kelsall
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The normal placenta has three general layers: the decidua, which is maternal in origin and adherent to the uterus; the chorion, including the chorionic villi; and the amnion.

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Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011

The placenta is a network of blood vessels and tissues that allows nutrients and oxygen to be transferred from mother to fetus and waste products to be transferred from the fetus to the mother’s blood for elimination.

“Nutrition: Science and Applications” by Lori A. Smolin, Mary B. Grosvenor
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Wiley, 2019

placental membrane, a layer of tissue in the placenta between the fetal and maternal blood systems.

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  • Disgusting savages! Medical cannibalism is cannibalism and people who practice it will end up in Hell. Science has evidence of this practice being unhealthy.

  • I mean… animals eat their own shit too, not to mention eating their own babies… but yea! I mean, if it’s proven to have all of these nutrients, both common and unique, then why not?

  • One would think that if the placenta contained such benefitial nutrients then the body would not expel it in the first place… just sayin…. im pretty sure there is a reason excreated things should remain external to the body.

  • Hi doc. I am 13 weeks pregnant. Yesterday evening i started bleeding with no pain in back or uterus. We visited doctor and saw our baby. He is perfectly fine and was playing at that time. Doctor said that its partial abruption. She has asked me for complete bed rest and to wait. What are the chances of baby doctor. Its my first pregnancy, i dont wanna lose him.

  • I like the language and terminology. The whole process kinda gets me imagine every bit of it and get there to feel the placenta. Oops:-P

  • 0:15 sometimes what sometimes blended into a fine liquid and injected into your veins, sometimes dehydrated dry as hell blended crushed obliterated into fine powder and snorted?

  • Lost my baby following an abruption at 34weeks. 13 weeks pregnant now with high pressure in uterine artery… On aspirin 150mg daily. Does the future look grim for us?

  • I thought animals ate their placenta because when you are breastfeeding your offspring you couldn’t really go look for food.
    Also everything is natural. Everything is made out of elements created in the big bang and following chemical reactions. Things are created by people, made of those element. The specific situation that sets up the person to create the thing comes from items made of the elements.

  • Personal testimony here with placenta encapsulationwanting to breastfeed my child naturally I opted to have my placenta kept until I determined if I could produce milk on my own. After 72 hours of desperately trying with zero breast milk and minimal colostrum I called and she brought it to me within 24 hours. 48 hours later I was mass producing milk and did so for nearly 2 years. There are benefits from it so many positive things he didn’t mention and although I cannot vouch for the post depression effectiveness, the gift of health being able to nurse my child is priceless

  • We burry the mother’s placenta in a tree trunk. And we made sure no wild animals would eat it or be able to dig it up. So burry it deep. It’s kinda like giving back to mother earth. This is what we do in our village in the far east. South east asia.

  • Eating placenta is honestly just cannibalism. Placenta is also an organ that the baby creates, not the mother. It is illegal to eat human tissue, even if that tissue belongs to you.

  • What if the reason the organ is eaten in the while is an evolutionary response to not have warm fresh bloody meat luring predators. What if that is all it is, you’d look pretty silly eating it for no reason.

  • I’m always gonna go with evidence. I understand the building blocks of our health is what is provided for us in this earth. But when I heard about this…hell no.

  • Good video though not bad on the term basal plate, I know it is technically correct though can be confused with the embryonic neural tube.

  • I always wondered what happened to mine, i saw they brought a big trash can but they did not put the placenta inside instead the doctor took it with him n he carried it in protective way i didnt think much but next time im going to take it n plant it

  • Human meat contains dangerous prions which can damage your brain and give you a long and painful disease called man human disease which will slowly kill you

  • But the majority of studies were done with dogs and mice?…wouldn’t studies on humans help reveal / dispel if there any actual correlations? ��

  • Fantastic video! Thank you for taking the time to teach this material so concisely, accurately, and simply!

    I believe there is an error @ 8:37. Shouldn’t it be that the UMBILICAL arteries have many branches, not the UTERINE arteries?

  • It has become very clear that sci-show is establishment biased do you think that dogs and every other mammal on earth are doing something intuitively and are wrong this sight is selling ignorance to just plain lying

  • The diagram that was used in the placenta part of your program us actually abnormal. What was shown was a case of placenta previa which if not diagnosed before delivery will cause massive hemorrhage.

  • Your videos are great, but I suggest if you made a brief conclusion of the whole video or this small lecture on one or two written slides that would be so beneficial for us to study

  • between the small hard to make out thumbnail and the title I thought this was going to be about some new phenomenon of babies trying to eat or swallow the placenta in the womb

  • It can have risks, and barely any benefits.
    I’m considering doing it anyway.
    If someone wanna argue with me, show me the reasons why not to, I’m interested in it (also this video is old, about the lead and mercury and stuff found in the placenta, more recent studies show that those levels are below the dangerous levels for the human body;
    and any bacteria could be eliminated by cooking it properly)

  • I lost my baby last Tuesday because my water broke and I had a low laying placenta I did have a csection in 2003 and I will be turning 40 I do want to try again but I’m scared to lose another baby my last one lasted 16 weeks and 5 days to afaid to have a baby

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  • thanks for this video I lost my baby 2 weeks ago and that was my second pregnant and i don’t know what o should do next to prevent that cause I don’t smoke or alcohol only God

  • Hi Dr, thanks for such informative and positive video.
    I had my first ultrasound (abdominal) at 5 weeks we couldn’t see our baby but the OB saw a little placental abruption and just told me to rest as much as possible. Recently we went back to our second appointment at week 9, we where able to see our baby, heart rate 160, baby moving but the placental abruption still was visible, she told is that it was a 2 centimeter tear, haven’t had any bleeding, I don’t smoke or use any drugs, im 33… again she suggested to keep resting as much as possible.
    Should I seek for another clinic/doctor?

  • Fantastic resource, thank you. Do you have anything about development of a term newborn baby’s gut? I thought this would be helpful to get parents thinking about issues such as colic.

  • Here in Japan, there are a lot of face masks and creams on the market which supposedly contain placenta. Many beauty products claim to have some high-tech ingredients like rejuvenating stem cells from placenta which is mostly bs I guess, but is it actually possible that stem cells from another person can be injected into our body? Through creams or maybe any other method, to reverse ageing?

  • Hi Doc..your advices are so useful…thanks..but the background music is so loud and disturbing…can’t concentrate on your speech….Thanks…

  • Well placenta contain stuff which support life system of an unborn child which means if a person eat its placenta then there will be affect of over consumption of those organic compounds with lead mercury and cadmium which is not good for human body in any medical condition. If you eat someone else placenta then may be your body will not accept it and may leads to serious health issue.

  • Also eating rhino? (I think it’s rhino) horns make you have a massive boner because that’s how penises work apparently… I have also heard from the friend of a fatman that sleeping with underage virgins cures your puffpenis.

  • Most animals eat the placenta so the scent does not attract predators to their vulnerable young… not for nutrition! And humans, obviously, don’t need to stop predators from finding them lmfao

  • you are using blue for the arteries which usually represents deoxygenated blood so do the veins carry the oxygenated blood to the fetus in the placenta?

  • those earthquakes are made because the water is less dense so the ground can break off and fall in the water and that causes the earthquake

  • I have not indulged in placentophagy myself; but I have given birth twice, once naturally and once by C-section, and I can state (anecdotally, of course) that one is starving post-birth (the moreso because they don’t want to let you eat anything-although you can drink-in case they need to use a general anaesthetic on you in an emergency), and after the natural birth particularly, I found myself craving rare-to-raw meat in particular. Had it been offered to me I would happily have eaten the damned thing raw; raw liver would also have probably fit the bill, more than raw beef, even. I think it was a combination of the mouthfeel and blood as well as the taste I was after.

    I’ve heard that animals eat the afterbirth to both clean the area up so as to not attract predators, and as a bonus, as a way to gain additional nutrients, especially iron and protein, after what is, after all, a hell of a work-out. I mean, I felt like I could have gotten up and run a marathon once the endorphins hit; but I certainly was pretty exhausted by it all. So I wonder if the urge is carried over from that?

    I suspected that it might be tied to the chemicals released by giving birth vaginally, as well, because while I was certainly hungry after the C-section as well, I didn’t feel such a strong urge for raw placenta/liver as I did after giving birth naturally.

    And now I wonder how many of those weird food cravings during pregnancy are our brain getting us used to going, “I want to eat that!” and just doing so without thinking about how much it might normally gross us out, so as to prepare us to automatically just eat the placenta without thinking much about it. Certainly herbivores wouldn’t normally eat that type of thing. I wonder if any of them display weird pregnancy-related food cravings, and if they would eat a raw-meat/organ alternative offered to them immediately post-birth in lieu of the afterbirth? Hmm. Anyone with cows, horses, or sheep notice any weird food cravings in your pregnant animals? (Of course, what a domesticated animal is craving, and what it has access to eat, might be two completely different things).

    Now I kind of want to do a study…

  • Think about after you give birth and after everything is done a chef comes in the room and asks ” do you want your placenta medium rare or well done?”

  • I’m giving birth to first baby in two months and this helps so much to know what ten heck is going on in there lol very interesting! Great explanation. Thanks so much!

  • The arteries (red) carry oxygen and nutrients away from your heart, to your body’s tissues. The veins (blue) take oxygen-poor blood back to the heart. Arteries begin with the aorta, the large artery leaving the heart. They carry oxygen-rich blood away from the heart to all of the body’s tissues.

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  • How about we stop comparing ourselves to instinctual, herbivores that probably eat it to keep predators away, and use our fucking brains instead. WE DON’T EAT PLACENTA!

  • Shows a picture of a diagram showing earthquakes from 1973-2014, and this video was in the middle of 2015… but said “recent” earthquakes…??!??!!!

  • i never understood what was written in those massive embryology books.. This one is a concentrate of all that stuff. Brilliant work guys

  • no study will ever say placenta is good becouse then people will be more enlightended to the fact that the human body is allready in perfect health if you just give it what it needs…no big drug company can make millions from weomen privatley placenta eating at home so there never gonna push it.

  • Excellent video.

    my biology teacher asked us ine question you might be able to help me with.

    what would the process that the fetus do in order to breed have in common with a bacteria that has plasmid?

    Do you have any ideas?

  • Hi Dr. Wolf! Thank you so much for all this information. I was in that 1% and you saved the lives of Wyatt and me in Dec 2009! We love you and your great team!!!!

  • I lost my baby at 36 week due to abruption last week. it was my second pregnancy n c section. I am 39 n I want another child what should I do.

  • Does the placenta provide any real health benefits?

    Yes it does for the baby. The mother fills up on placenta, so she doesn`t eat the baby

  • Rabbits eat their placentas not for health benefits, but to keep predators from scenting blood. They’re literally eating food they are not normally capable of eating, just to protect their babies. I have no idea what sort of health effects it has on them after the fact:\

  • Why is it usually women who come up with these illogical ideas when it comes to “natural” “organic” “healthy” without first knowing what they’re talking about?

  • Bravo, very good video, simple yet thorough and a great studying tool. Unfortunately, why do you not go further in the developpment of the placenta? And the anatomy of the placenta? Thank you

  • I am 27 y/o and 19 weeks pregnant with my first baby. An abruption was found at 18 weeks. I’ve had light bleeding and cramps since being 8 weeks pregnant but doctors kept saying “you’re fine it’s normal”. Since finding this abruption, they didn’t think we’d make it to 19 weeks, but here we are. I’m praying to make it to at least 30 weeks. I’m so confused and devastated because I don’t smoke (only hookah before pregnancy) or drink (since being pregnant). Though I’m in that 1%, I have faith that my baby girl will be a successful birth.

  • The reasons why animals eat their afterbirth and placenta is because they don’t have hands to rip their babies out of the after birth or take the placenta off like chimpanzees and humans

  • My pregnancy book wrote literally this: Feed your placenta to your man, it will make him devote to you for all your life. After reading it I thought it was funny and gross at the same time so I asked my husband if he would like some… sadly he denied my offer ��

  • Isn’t it not cannibalism because it says cannibalism is when you eat ANOTHER HUMAN BEINGS flesh or organs
    They call this self-cannibalism or something

  • Could it of been 100 or so wells wouldn’t do much but since there are so many now, their has been a cumulative effect with the whole earthquake thing?

  • Got a B on my lecture exam thanks to khan academy, i recognize this guys voice on certain videos and I’ve realized he gives the best explanations

  • Anyone who talks like this you can’t trust. It’s natural to keep it on because it falls off naturally and cutting and clamping instruments are a modern invention.

    Cut off your baby’s placenta at birth, vaccinate them with neurotoxins at 6 months, and continue to do so until your child is autistic. Sound’s good!! ��

  • There are people who ate placenta after birth.
    Me:Fu*k are they goats ��������
    Me Also:naah it didn’t matter there are also those people who ate their Sperm ������

  • Hi I was wondering if you had a placenta rupture and I lost a child what are my chances at having another pregnancy it happed 4 years ago and I haven’t conceived yet

  • Whaaaat? I came here to find out if I should eat my wife’s placenta and he goes off on a tangent about fracking and earthquakes? I’m laughing, like, how sidetracked did the host just get.

  • Wow so first of all why is there a man telling women whether or not it’s ‘safe’ to consume YOUR own placenta. Number one rule: NO UTERUS NO OPINION!
    Second of all.. Is takes a celebrity to tweet about it for doctors to decide to do further research on the matter?? What a brainwashed small minded world we live in. Consuming your placenta after birth has been done for THOUSANDS of years by all of our ancestors. Why in the new age do we always have to get the opinion of the privileged MAN when it comes to our own FEMALE bodies. Women need to take back their own bodies & stop listening to what western medicine has to say all the time. Connect with your mothers & grandmothers. These are the women you need to surround your self with during birth. It’s a spiritual miracle that no man will ever experience & therefore never understand. Take back YOUR BIRTH and do whatever you feel is right! Mother Nature is guide.

  • All these comments are so rude and mostly from men. It could work like a placebo effect which is something else that scientist can’t explain but have seen signs of it somehow helping people. I’m not even pregnant but I would be interested in exploring this idea to avoid ptsd after pregnancy since it runs in my family. God forbid anyone have even the slightest bit of an open mind these days.

  • that’s gross disgusting in the world even put something that is nasty eating other person in the day or creepy or run away from them

  • Animals eat their own placenta, yes. They also eat their own babies and rape and cannibalize each other and shit/piss everywhere and kill each other over things like food and territory and don’t always eat what they kill:D

  • In the video seems like placenta belongs to both mom and fetus. But in the faculty lesson professor told us “Placenta only belongs to fetus”. Which one is true?

  • Gross,..certain animals only, eat it to cut down on the smell of new birth..to give their baby time to get up on their feet…still human,s……gross.

  • I cant stand people that eat or do things for there “health benifits” when there Is no scientific basis and when u tell them that they get mad

  • I’m surprised people don’t know about this. I meanI don’t judge them, you can’t know if you’re never told. But that’s probably why it’s not as disgusting for me. I was always told it was beneficial, and natural, but that you didn’t have to

  • People are fucking RETARDED. The placenta IS NOT HUMAN FLESH. Flesh contains muscles and fat in it, PLACENTA does not have muscles or fat. Its not Cannibalism because she they arent eating another human being. �� Eating the placenta helps women raise their milk quantities and can be made in pills, Also give them energy. You cannot eat ANYONE ELSES placenta beside your own. Highly dangerous.

  • khan! comon bro i needed you for the menstrul cycle!!! you are literally the only person who can teach me and I’ve never met you.

  • People don’t get that animals could have different enzymes that can handle eating that placenta. eeew I would never, its not a natural instinct to us man.

  • When i had my baby i took my baby’s placenta to where his father grew up and we barried it so that way baby will always know where home is. Its a navajo tradition. But i NEVER heard of people eating it!!! Omg gross..

  • out of curiosity, just asking ^_^ what does he mean by “breed” since a fetus, in the case of a boy, hasn’t reached spermatogenesis and if a girl, then her gonads have been stopped in the “ovocyte I” (french term…sorry) until birth…

  • For fuck’s sake don’t eat your placenta……it’s fucking disgusting. I don’t care if science even says it gives you superpowers. I would never even touch a woman that has consumed her placenta. Hard to bilieve freaks actually consume it. Zombies!

  • Reading the description of this video made me think the question “WTF is wrong with you?” But because it actually isn’t you asking the question I will direct that comment to anyone that actually does this.

    Seriously…….get help.