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placenta conditions health brief

The placenta is a temporary organ that only exists in the uterus during pregnancy. It develops in the uterus 7 to 10 days after conception and attaches to the uterine wall away from your cervix (V1, V3 ). Complications can occur in the way and timing of how the placenta grows or detaches from the uterine wall.

Complications include life-threating bleeding, need for blood transfusion during birth, preterm birth via C-section, removal of the uterus, and in rare cases, stillbirth. Following up with routine ultrasounds reduces the risks of complications and helps finding the right treatment option.

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