Queen Placenta

Progesterone† is a helluva drug.  Because of my recurrent losses and age, I take supplements whenever I know I’m pregnant.  I’ve now been pregnant for more than 12 weeks or in junkie terms, 84 needles.

The placenta has now taken over.  I saw it on last week’s ultrasound.  The placenta is queen.  All hail the placenta!  She will now provide naturally what 84 needles did painfully.

I get bigger when I’m pregnant, that’s progress, but for me pregnancy is also about shedding.  Stopping these daily injections is like a baptism.  I am reborn in a drug-free body.  Soon all the shackles of being managed will be removed and this child and I can get on with our business of being born which is coincidentally and ideally, no one else’s business.  Except yours Dear Readers, with you I share everything.  I’m speaking of those wielding prescription pads, stopwatches and syringes.  And speaking of syringes . . .

. . . goodbye needles.

Progesterone: The follicle from which the egg was released is called the corpus luteum. It will release progesterone that helps thicken and prepare the uterine lining for implantation. The corpus luteum will produce progesterone for about 12-16 days (the luteal phase of your cycle.) When the egg is fertilized, the corpus luteum will continue to produce progesterone for the developing pregnancy until the placenta takes over around week 10. Progesterone is the hormone that helps maintain the pregnancy until birth. Sometimes, the failure of the corpus luteum to adequately support the pregnancy with progesterone can result in an early pregnancy loss. Progesterone inhibits immune responses, decreases prostaglandins, and prevents the onset of uterine contractions. – http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancycomplications/earlyfetaldevelopment.htm

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