I have no idea where to post this. I'm sorry if this is the wrong place. I thought maybe it should go in the loss section, but I'm looking more for answers for future pregnancies or for other people that have heard of or experienced this particular issue.
Let me start with my background. In 2008 I was pregnant with my second child. An u/s around 12 weeks changed my due date from December 4th to December 18th (I had the u/s because they couldn't find the heartbeat and feared I had miscarried). On November 11th, 2008 my son was born still. At the time they believed I was 34w6d (I still believed my due date to be the 4th tho, so I felt I was 36w6d). Benjamin was born 6 pounds, 3 ounces and seemed perfect. Based on his weight and length they decided that he was, in fact, 36w6d.
I recently requested all my medical records, including the autopsy report for Benjamin. I already knew the cause of death was blood clots in the umbilical cord and his lung. I had gotten pregnant again 2 months after he was born so we had all the blood clotting testing done to make sure what happened to Benjamin wouldn't happen to the new bean I was carrying. That pregnancy went off without a hitch (well, except our anxiety levels!!). Even though we had no reason to think that what happened to Benjamin wouldn't happen to this baby we still also believed we had no reason to believe it wouldn't happen (since there was no reason to think it would happen to Benjamin either). At 38 weeks I was induced and gave birth to a healthy screaming baby. The best sound in the world.
Now, on to my question... The autopsy report states that "there is a discrepancy between body measurements which correspond to a later gestation of 38-39 weeks gestation, and the placental weight, which corresponds to 33-34 weeks gestation." His weight and lengths (bone length, crown to rump and crown to heel lengths), head circumference and foot length all indicated a gestational age of 36-40 weeks (the foot length was 36 weeks, all the rest were 38-40). How can the placenta have only been 33-34 weeks gestation? How do they even know this? I've never read of a placenta being 'younger' than the baby.
Could this have somehow contributed to his death? Could the fact that he was so much 'older' than the placenta have caused things to not work properly and caused the blood clots? The report gives no answers at all, just has left me more confused. I know it really doesn't matter, that it won't change anything. But it's frustrating. It's mostly frustrating because I wonder if they had known that he was older than they thought then maybe something could have been done. IDK. It's just frustrating.
So my main questions are these: What would cause a placenta to be that much 'younger' than the baby? Does this have health concerns to the baby? Could something have been done (I am not looking to place any blame, I'm just wondering for any future pregnancies). My daughter that was born after Benjamin was always on the small side and I had more monitoring with her (since we were so anxious). I would like to have one more baby and thought I would be fine with less monitoring, but now this has me all freaked out. I'm worried that something that we could have caught caused his blood to clot.
TIA for any insight.