• pregnancy
  • Essentially, the placenta performs the functions of lungs, kidneys, and digestive system for the fetus until it is born, not to mention supplying the hormones needed to support the pregnancy and being a filter to keep out most harmful substances. (blogspot.com)
  • result
  • As a result, the open ends of the arterial capillaries spout little fountains of blood behind the placenta, and the open ends of the venous capillaries return the blood to the mother's heart, like little bathtub drains. (blogspot.com)
  • forms
  • A lake of blood forms behind the placenta, and the baby's capillaries in the placenta, which remain intact (like little loops), are continually bathed in this lake of the mother's blood. (blogspot.com)
  • post
  • The placenta is like a trading post or interface where mother and baby exchange goods (nutrients, oxygen, and waste) back and forth. (blogspot.com)
  • blood
  • Mom's blood flows into the blood lake on her side of the placenta, which bathes the chorionic villi that are threaded through with fetal blood vessels. (blogspot.com)