Essay on Pregnancy : A Woman 's Body

1520 Words Nov 25th, 2014 7 Pages
Running head: PLACENTA PREVIA

Placenta Previa
Monica Cooks
Virginia College Jacksonville
November 16, 2014

Placenta Previa
When a woman finds out she is pregnant, it is probably the most exciting news of the year. It is a treasurable moment and cherished for the rest of her life. The news of a wanted pregnancy spreads from family to peers like wildfire, and the joy is overwhelming. As a potential mother, the anticipation and excitement build as a woman 's body goes through physiological, mental, emotional, and spiritual changes endured to prepare for the baby. The horror of finding out something is wrong is devastating to say the least. Problems during a pregnancy can be detrimental to the mother and fetus if not managed accordingly. One problem that can accompany a pregnancy is placenta previa.
Pathophysiology
According to Carson-DeWitt (2011), the placenta is responsible for all the nutrients that are provided to the fetus during utero, and it is believed that the placenta begins to develop along with the embryo right after conception. Carson-Dewitt explains that the umbilical cord is created by the interlinking of two arteries and one vein that unite the placenta to the fetus, and by all means allows the nutrients and oxygen from the mother to pass through the placenta and into the fetus. Because the mother is the nurturer of the pregnancy,…

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