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Anyone else diagnosed with single umbilical artery?

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 

Cross-posting from my due date club:

 

So yesterday was the 20 week scan. It's a boy! love.gif I was also diagnosed though with single umbilical artery. I never heard of that until the doctor mentioned it: usually there are two arteries and one vein in the umbilical cord, but in a small percentage of pregnancies (around 0.2 to 1%) there is only one artery. It's associated with a higher risk of certain defects, low birth weight and preterm labor - that's the bad news.

 

The good news, and the doctor was trying to be so positive, is that most SUA babies are born normal. Baby boy's organs looked all normal, he was quite active in there and he's measuring a week ahead so no growth problems. Still she'd like me to go to a more detailed ultrasound "just to be sure".

 

I guess I shouldn't be too worried but it really is weighing really heavy on me. I've been feeling very down since the appointment. I woke up in the middle of the night feeling quite upset about this and couldn't fall back asleep. Hopefully the second ultrasound will help.

 

anyone else here diagnosed with this? I'm trying to stay positive but it's all I can think about this morning greensad.gif

post #2 of 4

I have not ever heard of this.  Try to not worry too much.  They are usually very blunt at the 20 week u/s so

if they're telling you not to worry and that chances are that you're fine, try to trust that right now.  xx

post #3 of 4
One of my twins had this. We had an echo gram just to be sure but thank G/d she is a happy healthy 9 year old today smile.gif
post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the replies ladies. The internet is filled with stories of mothers who had this and had perfectly fine babies so I'm a bit more relaxed now.

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