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My Placenta – Finally

10/09/2013

Belle

Sheesh, I can’t believe I forgot to share these incredibly disgusting and supremely awesome placenta pictures with you all!

You might remember that Sabine, a.k.a. “Chicken,” had two complications working against her: 1. she was breech and 2. she had a bilobed placenta with cord insertion between the two lobes in the thin membrane. Their were two big concerns about this placenta: She might not grow properly due to lack of nourishment or the cord might detach from the placenta should active labor start.

Thank heavens none of these scenarios panned out and my funky placenta did a fabulous job growing a beautiful little girl. Allow me to inspire any Mamas who stumble upon my blog while Googling strange things like “Bilobed placenta complications” in the wee hours of the morning – Just because your high risk doctor mutters horrible scenarios under his/her breath does NOT mean they are destined to play out. Sometimes things work out just fine and you end up with a perfect baby and the craziest placenta the hospital has ever seen that draws medical students out of the corners to view it. 🙂

Let’s add a cat photo before we get into the gross organ photos for those who are squeamish. Placenta pics after the cut…

Yum Yum has a hard life :)

Yum Yum has a hard life 🙂

These photos were taken by the woman who did my placenta encapsulation (another review I still need to write). She was just as jazzed about seeing my placenta as all the doctors, nurses and med students at the hospital!

Bi-lobed placenta from one side. Pretty crazy, isn't it?

Bilobed placenta from one side. Pretty crazy, isn’t it?

Bi-lobed placenta from the other side. The two hunks are of almost equal size and the cord insertion is so unusual.

Bilobed placenta from the other side. The two hunks are of almost equal size and the cord insertion is so unusual.

Closeup of the cord - perfect vascular structure with no vasa previa.

Closeup of the cord – perfect vascular structure with no vasa previa.

Cool, right!  Now go eat your breakfast 🙂

 

 

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  1. October 9, 2013

    ew! lol. I’m so glad I am an early bird and breakfast was an hour and a half ago!

    I literally laughed real hard when you preceded the placenta pictures with your cat. Under normal circumstances I probably wouldn’t have scrolled down knowing what was coming, but since there was a cat there….

    That’s crazy, though. Good job to you and Sabine for showing the team something as crazy as this and making it through everything unscathed!

  2. October 9, 2013

    Ew!! Breakfast thankfully was an hour ago. Lunch is going to be hard. But seriously, good job by the placenta 🙂

  3. October 9, 2013

    Love it! We have photos of mu placenta too.i find them fascinating!

  4. October 9, 2013

    That was grosser than I expected! haha but really cool.

  5. Emz #
    October 9, 2013

    wow- that is some freaky s***! I’m sure that’s going to be making an appearance in my dreams tonight…

  6. October 9, 2013

    Bodies are so cool.

  7. October 9, 2013

    Wow, so bizarre! I completely missed seeing mine last time, but I’m hoping to do encapsulation this time.

  8. October 9, 2013

    Dude, that is RAD!!!

  9. October 9, 2013

    I think placentas are the grossest part of the whole birthing process =) Ew. But cool at the same time!

  10. Elizabeth #
    October 9, 2013

    I am so happy that someone else thinks looking at placenta pictures is cool! I just encapsulated mine, and took a bunch of pics along the way. The whole thing was utterly fascinating to me.

  11. mylifeisaboutthejourney #
    October 9, 2013

    Makes me jealous that I didn’t get any pics of my placenta that I heard was ginormous! Totally fascinating! Thanks for sharing!

  12. karaleen #
    October 9, 2013

    Wow…that was interesting for sure. I have seen placentas in person as I attended a few live births before having my own kids (both by c-sections…those little buggers)….but I know what a routine placenta looks like….it is NOTHING like these pics. Yikes. But the veins looked sturdy and good …they kind of had a tree trunk root look to them like they branched out to the good blood supply. Thanks for sharing….my geeky self found it really fascinating.
    kd

  13. October 9, 2013

    LOVE IT! (Something tells me you might enjoy this: http://www.mothereffed.com/2013/03/placenta-revenge.html )

  14. stupidstork #
    October 9, 2013

    I’m thinking you could make a shit ton of shampoo or whatever you’re supposed to do with those out of that. 😉

    Having never seen a placenta before, I’m super excited that you broke me in. 😉

  15. Esperanza #
    October 9, 2013

    Wow. Just… wow. That’s all I got.

  16. A Wee Nest #
    October 10, 2013

    I wasn’t brave enough to post my placenta photos, but I think you had a duty to do so, given its uniqueness! You satisfied my curiosity. Thank you! Did you chose to encapsulate?

  17. October 10, 2013

    Hahaha — amazing! I mean, gross, but totally cool… who took those pictures anyway? I wonder if Sabine will get a kick out of looking at that thing when she’s older. Did the docs ever suggest a reason for why placentas sometimes grow in this way?

  18. jak #
    October 10, 2013

    wild, rare, and unique specimen you have there!!! looks like it was frozen and thawed, yes? i too have a picture of our placenta in the bucket right after i squeezed it out (felt like a big dead fish slipping out of my hoo-ha. i couldnt believe how big it was. wished i had weighed it,.. at least 3 lbs…

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