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