In the Latin “placenta”, which means “cake” is where the etymological origin of the term that now occupies us lies. However, we cannot forget that this word, in turn, emanates from the Greek “plakous”, which can be translated as “flat cake”.
Precisely it is considered that placenta was used with that meaning of sweet until the sixteenth century, when it began to be used within the medical field to designate that organ that is established between the fetus and the mother and that is also where the umbilical cord arises .
The placenta is the organ that arises in the umbilical cord and that allows the intermediation between the mother and her baby or baby while gestation develops. Thanks to the placenta, which is fixed to uterus , the baby can nourish, breathe and expel waste.
There are different types of placenta depending on the species. In the case of Humans , the placenta is qualified as hemocorial since the tissue of the fetus comes into contact with the mother's blood.
As the pregnancy progresses, the placenta loses thickness so that the exchanges are more intense. Once the birth occurs, this organ must not fulfill any other function, so the mother the ejects . Some animals, and even human beings according to culture, can eat the placenta once removed from the mother's body.
The intake of the placenta is called placentophagy . There are physical reasons that justify such behavior: by its components, it can facilitate the secretion of breast milk and reduce the stress which is produced by childbirth, for example. A few years ago there was a stir when the actor Tom cruise said he would eat the placenta of his daughter's mother Suri , although later denied.
At present, we must recognize that the placenta has begun to occupy an important place in what is the beauty sector and the image in general. Thus, different treatments have emerged that are based on the use of it, because it is considered that it has properties that make it a great tool to achieve, for example, a younger, radiant and soft skin.
Specifically, with either the woman's placenta or the sheep's placenta, there are aesthetic treatments that establish that these benefits can be achieved:
-To put an end to acne problems.
-Exercise as a natural collagen and, therefore, the skin achieves greater elasticity.
-Have a much more hydrated skin.
- Undergoing such treatments is also considered to be a way of slowing down significantly what is aging.
-Make sure that the facial skin is much more reaffirmed.
It is known as previous placenta , on the other hand, to a problem that can arise in pregnancy when this organ adheres to the lower region of the uterus , which can cause the cervix to block. The placenta previa, therefore, prevents the fetus from leaving the uterus through the birth canal.