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Dr pointed out on the ultrasound that the placenta is forming calcium deposits

Hello, im between 37 and 38 weeks pregnant and my Dr pointed out on the ultrasound last week that the placenta is forming calcium deposits. She said not to worry and that the baby is fine. I haven`t been able to find much information about it at all, and am wondering if it means because the placenta is mature if I am going to deliver early, or if I am more likely to be induced. My next appointment is on Wednesday and I will find out more then, im just a bit worried in the meantime. Could you please give me some information about it? Thank you so much, Amanda.

Sarah...
Answer: Hi Amanda, As the baby gets close to maturity and more so after maturity the placenta can start to not function as effectively. The showing of deposits can be a sign of the placenta not working as well as it should. If your doctor was too concerned they should order a more thorough ultrasound and further tests. If there are signs of problems there may be plans to birth the baby earlier. Best wishes, Alex
Answered: 29 Jun 2009