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    An_218671 posted:
    Hello everyone I am 32 weeks, I went to the dr yesterday and she told me that my placenta is mature 36 week but i dont know if this is a bad thing nor do i know if i will be able to make it to my due darte which is july. Is this really something i should be worried about?
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    jenfur79 responded:
    I kind of had the same thing with DS.It just means they will keep a closer eye on you, to prevent you from getting an 'over ripe' placenta which can compromise fetal blood supply.
    This is one of those 'normal abnormal' things that happen to some of us. You will probably be delivered early by induction, if you don't go into labor first. I just went in weekly for an ultrasound toward the end and everything ended up being just fine. I delivered on my own at 38wks 3 days with no induction.
    Me(30) DH(35) DD(10) DS(2) New LO EDD 12/28/2010
     
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    Robert O Atlas, MD responded:
    The other reply is essentially correct. A mature placenta was once thought to be an important finding and increase the risk to the pregnancy. However, we do not believe it really is a very important finding anymore.

    Now, having said that, if you have any high risk factors like smoking, then it may mean something.

    We usually will do a test called Dopplers (this is measuring the blood flow by ultrasound). If they are normal there is very little risk. If they are abnormal, then further monitoring and possible early delivery will be then recommended.

    I would not be too worried but would suggest you follow you physicians recommendations.
     
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    teemamma replied to Robert O Atlas, MD's response:
    me and my sister in-law were a month apart she was told by her doc in her 36 week that her placenta was matured than in her 37 week when she went in for her check up they could not find the baby heart beat her placenta after giving birth to her daughter (stillborn) the placenta and umbilical cord was filled with blood clots i personally don't think its worth the risk and i think instead of the doctors making that decisions we should be able to she was too far that doc should have taken my niece now we don't have her, I,m currently 32 weeks and to be honest im scared but now that I,m aware i would not take the risk personal opinion
     
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    teemamma responded:
    me and my sister in-law were a month apart she was told by her doc in her 36 week that her placenta was matured than in her 37 week when she went in for her check up they could not find the baby heart beat her placenta after giving birth to her daughter (stillborn) the placenta and umbilical cord was filled with blood clots i personally don't think its worth the risk and i think instead of the doctors making that decisions we should be able to she was too far that doc should have taken my niece now we don't have her, I,m currently 32 weeks and to be honest im scared but now that I,m aware i would not take the risk personal opinion


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