What is a calcified placenta?
A calcified placenta occurs when small, round calcium deposits build up on the placenta, causing it to deteriorate gradually. The process occurs naturally as you get closer to the end of your pregnancy. However, if placental calcification occurs before your 36th week, it could cause complications for you and your baby. Complications such as fetal growth restriction and fetal distress are four times more likely in cases of preterm placental calcification. How does placental calcification cause such serious health complications? Excessive preterm placental calcification may lead to decreased blood flow in the placenta and compromise fetal circulation and growth.