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OK, this is my shot in the dark, but I've been hearing about placental deterioration just for educational reasons, considering I'm past my due date - after 40 weeks a placenta can start to calcify and deteriorate, and it no longer helps to produce amniotic fluid. This can create an environment where it is no longer a good place for the baby to be, and it's in the baby's best interest to help it come out as soon as possible.
I'm assuming that this is what your OB is talking about - that your placenta has reached an age where it might be starting to go beyond being completely healthy. I am scheduled (hope I don't need to go) for an AFI next week, an ultrasound where they will check the state of my placenta and the amount of amniotic fluid. These are to help determine whether the uterus is still a healthy place for baby to be.
: mama to T 9/04 and E 11/08