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What does womb flesh look like?

(10 Posts)
Cattleprod Sat 04-Jun-11 13:23:59

Does anybody know? I've just realised I have no idea. I kind of assumed it would be a bit like the inside of your cheeks, but during pregnancy the uterus has the capability to expand to something like 1000x its volume and then more or less return to its original size. Most other skin-like structures on the body would give up and go extremely saggy after much less stretching than this - just look at tv programmes about weight loss. It must be amazing stuff to be able to cope with such drastic size changes.

jasmine51 Sat 04-Jun-11 15:10:52

Quite agree - my MW descibed the vagina as 'like the coastline of Norway' so has the ability to stretch out considerably. In fact she says to repeat the mantra 'I am Norway' in birth to visualise everything opening out but my text books dont actually show it as full of folds so must just be super stretchy. Lets hope it does all go back into shape afterwards eh!

Crevix Sat 04-Jun-11 15:14:02

meaty. and squishy.

ninedragons Sat 04-Jun-11 15:15:03

I don't know, but my midwife offered me my placenta in a plastic bag.

I was still a bit out of it at the time, but I recollect that it looked like a Christmas pudding.

aethelfleda Sat 04-Jun-11 15:35:00

It's got muscle on the outside and squishy spongy tissue on the inside. So sort of a two layer affair. The muscle is the tough bit that keeps everything secure (and contracts when you're in labour to push baby out). The spongy bit is the part that attatches to the placenta and sheers off when it delivers, and then the spongy bit is what breaks down to make the discharge (lochia) you get after birth.

Cattleprod Sat 04-Jun-11 17:58:23

Oh I didn't know it had layers. That makes it even more exciting!

So I guess the main structure is a very stretchy elastic muscly bag, and the inner layer builds up and sheds itself as required? So would a period just be a very thin layer of the lining bit? And lochia, with the spongy bits that look a bit like overcooked beetroot, is a much thicker layer?

ninedragons what on earth would the midwife think you wanted the placenta for? Do you look like a lentil weaving earth mother type that perhaps might want to cook and eat it?!!

aethelfleda Sat 04-Jun-11 18:35:40

Yep, thats it, cattleprod.

Re the placenta- I had a mummy friend from the Ukraine- and she insisted on taking the placenta home- not to eat it, but to bury it under a tree- apparently it's a Ukranian custom, pick a tree you like, and then it becomes "their" tree, as the tree takes up the placental nutrients. As the child grows they are taken to visit their tree every year....

ninedragons Sat 04-Jun-11 22:09:48

I live in a very lentil-weavery area, so I'm sure the hospital does get a fair few mothers wanting the placenta for ceremonial reasons!

Joannezipan Sat 04-Jun-11 22:57:00

on the first inside the human body program it showed lots of crinkles inside too...some of the sperm got lost in them. It was excellent - well worth a watch on iplayer.

ShowOfHands Sat 04-Jun-11 23:00:14

We bought a tree and planted it when I was pregnant with dd and wanted the placenta to plant under it (planned home waterbirth). Ended up with an emcs though and it was sent off to be incinerated in the chaos.

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