Did you know that once your baby is born there is one more thing that still needs to come out? Your placenta! (Thanks @iheartguts on Instagram for the visual!)
The placenta is an organ just like your liver or lungs. It has a VERY important role in the development of your baby. The placenta works to filter out toxins and provide a place for baby and mom’s blood to exchange vital nutrients and oxygen/carbon dioxide.
The blood of the mom and baby don’t actually touch or mix but the thin membranes in the placenta allow for these vital substances to exchange.
The placenta delivers after baby and this can take just a few minutes or up to 30 minutes. 🕛🕧
Sometimes the provider will massage your uterus – called a fundal massage- to help the placenta detach and come out.
It can feel kind of painful or crampy when it’s delivering but it is a HUGE relief once it’s out! 😀
What did it feel like after your placenta was out?
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