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Placental Insufficiency

Survivability of Placental Insufficiency

Placental insufficiency can have deleterious effects on the survivability of the baby. In the most severe cases, the baby can be stillborn. The baby simple cannot properly grow if it is not receiving the proper amount of nutrients and oxygen. And as placental insufficiency is also associated with intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), it can lead to problems at birth, including:

  • Decreased oxygen levels
  • Low Apgar scores (this is an assessment that identifies babies that have adaptability issues after birth)
  • Meconium aspiration (i.e., the baby inhales the first stools passed in utero, which can lead to difficulties breathing)
  • Issues related to body temperature
  • Too many red blood cells (a condition known as polycythemia)
  • IUGR has also been linked to long-term growth problems in babies and children

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