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The placenta is a large organ that develops in the uterus during
pregnancy and is connected to the fetus by the umbilical cord. Through the
blood vessels in the umbilical cord and placenta, the fetus receives oxygen and
nutrients from the mother and gets rid of wastes.
The placenta is delivered soon after the baby is born. (This is
sometimes called the afterbirth.)
Current as of:
March 16, 2017
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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