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Placenta

Placenta

Overview

In the placenta, nutrients, wastes, and gases are exchanged between the mother's blood and the baby's blood.

Review Date 6/8/2020

Updated by: LaQuita Martinez, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Alpharetta, GA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.