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Hi does anyone know what causes the placenta to age too fast in latter stages of pregnancy. My last baby was born at right on 39wk and the placenta was heavily calicified and affecting his growth. Is there anything I can do nutritionally or herbs I can take to help the placenta?
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You may want to try posting this on the birth professionals board.

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No idea, but I was told it was fine that the placenta was breaking down and calcifying at 37 weeks. Just that they needed to keep an eye on it to make sure it didn't speed up. My son was evicted at 42 weeks. He was perfectly healthy but did have some signs of post-maturity. (Though I wouldn't think that would be that uncommon with a 42 weeker). My daughter was born at 41 weeks and the placenta aged much slower than it did with my son. She was a larger baby than he was so I don't know if the baby's size puts more demands on it or not. (She was 11lbs 4oz. My son was 10lbs 8oz).
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