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Why is the placenta important?

The placenta separates at birth, triggering the uterus to contract and for the breasts to start producing milk.

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What can I do to improve my placental function?
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What hormones does the placenta make or secrete?
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How does the fetus receive nutrients from the placenta?
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What effect does the mother's health have on the placenta?
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