PROBLEMS which are encountered in the late pregnant mare may originate from before conception but, more commonly, they result from developmental abnormalities of the fetoplacental unit which occur during pregnancy. Many problems manifest themselves in late gestation because this is the period of greatest fetal growth when maximum metabolic demands are made upon the placenta. Problems arising on the maternal side may also have adverse consequences for the developing fetus.
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