What effect does the mother's health have on the placenta?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
One of the reasons we care so much about a mother's health during pregnancy is because it will influence the way the placenta functions by determining the amount of surface area of the placenta available for the efficient exchange of nutrients.

For example, smoking or having uncontrolled hypertension or diabetes can cause your placenta to calcify, thus limiting the area available for the proper exchange between mother and fetus. That limits the amount of nutrients that the fetus can receive and can lead to issues that have a major influence on your baby's health both inside the womb, as well as further down the road.
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