Abnormal placental vascular development leads to ischemic-hypoxia thereby causing fetal growth restriction, preterm labor, and spontaneous abortion. Multiecho Cartesian MRI can characterize placental hypoxia by quantifying R2*, but is susceptible to motion artifacts. We have developed a new free-breathing (FB) multiecho R2* quantification technique using 3D stack-of-radial imaging (Radial). In n=16 subjects as part of an IRB-approved study, we observed an R2* range of 5 – 30s-1 at 3 T using the new FB Radial technique in the placenta during early normal gestation. Our new technique and the measured normative range of R2* may improve management of pregnancies with placental ischemic-hypoxia.