Our bodies make a disposable organ that not only nourishes and protects our baby, but also as this new study finds...

It is "the placenta—not the mother—that provides the hormone serotonin to the fetus’s forebrain early in development. Because hormones play an essential role in brain wiring, even before they function as neurotransmitters in the brain, placental abnormalities could directly influence the risk of developing depression, anxiety and even autism." (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=fetal-armor

What is the placenta?
The placenta is an organ that develops in your uterus during pregnancy made of your baby's DNA. It provides oxygen and nutrients to your growing baby and removes waste products from your baby's blood. It attaches to the wall of your uterus, and your baby's umbilical cord comes from it. In most pregnancies, the placenta attaches at the top or side of the uterus.And now we know it shapes neurological development.  It is birthed soon after the birth of the baby.

How can I grow a healthy Placenta?
  • Eat well: Do your best to eat non-processed whole foods regularly throughout the day.  Try to eat something every 2 hours, high in protein, so that the placenta does not need to work harder or breakdown a little in order to feed your baby.
  • Stay away from toxins: Smoking anything, breathing unhealthy air, or taking in un-necessary medications that make the placenta work harder can prematurely cause your placenta to age faster than normal.
  • Keep your blood pressure within normal
Most of the time, placenta's grow nicely and provide a safe and cushy environment for the growing baby.  There is no need to worry about it, just be aware that your body and baby are doing amazing things, and you can provide all the necessary ingredients for a healthy placenta and healthy child.