Impact of diet reduction in obese ewes during early pregnancy on placentomal type and cotyledonary vascularity in the ewe
An ovine model of over-nutrition during pregnancy is currently in development at the Center for the Study of Fetal Programming at the University of Wyoming. In 2007, an estimated 54.5% of women of childbearing age (20-39 years) are overweight or obese. This model examines the effects of maternal obesity on the health and lifespan of the offspring. Sheep were used to examine these health risks and effects, as fetal development sheep and humans is similar. In the sheep, the nutrient transfer site of the placenta is called a placentome, with both a fetal cotyledonary (COT) and a maternal caruncular ...
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