Found out there are only two blood vessels in baby’s umbilical cord? Here’s what exactly it means for you and baby throughout your pregnancy.
What’s the best way to treat a two-vessel umbilical cord?
You won’t need to treat it, but the doc will monitor baby’s organs and growth closely to make sure everything’s okay -- and to be sure there’s adequate blood flow to baby’s heart and brain.
What can I do to prevent a two-vessel umbilical cord?
Sorry, but you can’t.
What do other pregnant moms do when they have a two-vessel umbilical cord?
“I was diagnosed with a two-vessel cord at my 22-week ultrasound. They sent me to a perinatologist for further workup of this (among other things), and they looked super-close at her heart and kidneys, and said that sometimes it can be a sign of kidney or heart problems, but that if everything was there and formed correctly, there was little to be worried about. Since she looks great, they’ll just keep an eye on her size.”
“I am currently 19 weeks, and I just found out on Monday that I have a two vessel cord.... But I’m going for a second opinion because the specialist I’m seeing is a bit of an alarmist and scared the crap out of me. I don’t want to stress out, because I know that’s not healthy for the baby.”
“My daughter had a two-vessel cord, diagnosed at our 20-week growth scan. They sent me to a pediatric cardiologist to do an extra scan of her heart, and all was well. They also double-checked her size a few times to ensure her growth was keeping up. However, I'm not sure if we would’ve had so many checks if we weren't having twins.”
Are there any other resources for two-vessel umbilical cord?
March of Dimes
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Your Guide to Prenatal Tests and Checkups
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