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Mature placenta, odd kidney 
20th-Mar-2014 01:32 pm
I fell two days ago and went in for bleeding (turns out it was from a cervical exam, nothing to do with the baby) but they admitted me anyway and I was under observation for 24 hours. I had an in depth ultrasound (that showed I was 37 + 5, even though I'm 1000% sure I'm on target because I was charting when I got pregnant) and I'm 39 weeks today.

They said that my placenta was mature. I was in a lot of pain at the time and super tired and didn't ask what it meant. I'm just curious. The baby also has a sickle shaped kidney that was a little large. None of this was discussed with me, just observations I made and put in the back of my mind. Otherwise, he's just cozy up in there and I'm not holding out hope he's coming till around 40 weeks or more.

Nothing was wrong, I just got holed up in the hospital for a day for the observation and was sent home with instructions to stop stepping over baby gates and tripping.

39 weeks, 3rd pregnancy
20th-Mar-2014 06:36 pm (UTC)
I had an exam at 6 weeks (my first one) and was fine in the office but was bleeding for the rest of the day when I got home. It wasn't bad, and there were no cramps, but I didn't expect to bleed and wish I was told it could happen. Now I know in the future that it can and does happen.
21st-Mar-2014 12:42 am (UTC)
A mature placenta means that your placenta is aging and might not be functioning as well as it used to due to calcifications. At 39 weeks I would expect your placenta would be mature though. There are three grades of maturity, I had a level 3 at 32 weeks with my first and she was induced at 38 weeks because she had stopped growing, most likely due to placental inefficiency. Did they tell you what percentile your baby was in? I was induced when mine dropped to the 3rd percentile or so at 5lbs 2 oz. If the baby is under the 10th percentile they should start watching you for Inter uterine Growth Restriction (IUGR). My little one didn't have any adverse effects from it, and is now in the 80th percentile!
21st-Mar-2014 01:19 am (UTC)
I was told I had a mature placenta because it showed calcium deposits. I was told I would not be allowed to go over 41 weeks because of it, but the baby came on her own at 39 weeks so it wasn't an issue.

Also, my daughter had prenatal hydronephrosis (not sure if it's the same thing yours has?) they told me just to let the pediatrician know at birth. She had normal diaper output and at 2 months they did an ultrasound of her kidneys. It was normal at that time, it had resolved on it's own. Again, not sure if it's the same thing, but just make sure to let your ped know about it when the baby is born.
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