What Was That?

Just sitting here, sipping on some red Merlot wine and what was that . . .

“Have you pondered recently on the placenta your mother nourished you with as a fetus lately, dear?” 

“Not lately, no,” I respond, with a, oh-my-god, kind of face.

“How about you?” I ask, thinking it is probably enough wine for now.

With great surprise, I stumbled across a Human Placenta Project website organized by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and here they write: the human placenta “is the least understood human organ but arguably one of the most important. It influences not just the health of a woman and her fetus during pregnancy, but also the lifelong health of both.

Fascinating.

I say we take a quick peek at the human placenta.

Get smarter. Live better. 🙂

As we view the Science Friday: Picture of the Week the Human Placenta photograph above, the large white looking thing is the umbilical cord. Normally the mother’s blood flows through two scarlet arteries and carries nutrients and oxygen to the fetus. A single black-blue vein transports fetal waste, you know, like carbon dioxide, through the umbilical cord to the placenta, and takes it back to the mother’s bloodstream to be discarded.

The placenta resembles vast rivers and tributaries.

Cool findings and I feel smarter already. And, did you know that if a mother’s umbilical cord is found thicker than normal, it may show a diabetic condition on her part?

One last thing I’m sure you want to know:

– The Benefits of Placentophagy, or, the practice of consuming the placenta, the only human organ belonging to two people, the mother and infant.

Okay, I’m done thinking on the human placenta . . . did I cover everything one should know about this topic? 😆

Signing off until next time! Cheers!

 

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15 thoughts on “What Was That?

  1. angelswhisper2011 says:

    OMC Granny almost choked on her coffee when she saw the placenta, Sun. Interesting post, you can eat it too…it seems to be a new kind of Super Food…YIKES… well, we animals already knew that, when we have baby’s we clean them all, but I don’t see Granny eating it MOL 😀 Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend 🙂 ❤

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  2. aFrankAngle says:

    I recently read an article about the correlation of thoughts of placenta while drinking wine. Amazing … actually, Merlot showed the highest correlation of the red wines, while Zinfandel was the lowest (of the California wines). However, as a group, drinking white wines showed a higher correlation, with Chardonnay being the highest.

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    • Sun says:

      hmm, very interesting, Frank…i’ll have to put that white wine to the test one day. *laughing* 😆 have a great week!!!

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  3. Sonel says:

    I am sitting here laughing at the comments Sun, especially Little Binky’s. 😆
    Very interesting post. I have enough wine here too. You coming over? LOL!

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