Estrogen


The pregnant woman at term produces more estrogen in one day, than a nonpregnant woman produces in 3 years! Estrogen is responsible for enormous changes during pregnancy.

The most common estrogens in the human are:

The fetal adrenal glands and the placenta interact in order to produce estrogen in appropriate amounts.


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The fetus and the placenta must interact for appropriate production of estrogen.

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Estrogen has so many functions during pregnancy. The following is only a partial list, but it should cover the most relevant. To organize these functions, they are separated here between those that "build tissue," and those that "change tissue" in some other way.

Estrogen has a major role during pregnancy of building tissue. It accomplishes this by either increasing the size or the number of tissues, vessels, and blood cells.


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Estrogen is responsible for the increased size of the uterus, and more blood vessels both to and from the uterus.

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Another function of estrogen is change in the character of tissue.


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Estrogen causes a decreased ability for the blood to clot in a pregnant woman.

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