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I posted this here because I'm hoping people who have already experienced this and given birth will see it....(rather than just the pregnancy board).

I found out on my us last week that my baby's umbilical cord has only 2 vessels instead of the normal 3. Has anyone experienced this? I'm trying not to freak out

My ob said it happens in 2% of pregnancies and everything might be just fine, although it can be associated with other problems.

As if I needed *another* pregnancy complication (so far I've got: high risk for preterm labor <dd was a 29 week preemie>, diabetes, and now this) ....I'm trying not to be totally depressed about this.

I feel ashamed and upset with my own body for just not *%^ing working right.
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I think I had that. They didnt' even know until ds was born. I didn't remember them saying anything about it but DH remembers that they said something about the cord only having 2 vessels.
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RileysMom-

I was just thinking about you the other day, and wondering how you were doing.

I am wondering if you could ask for more testing, and further clarification, and even second opinions, if that would help put your mind more at ease.



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You need to get a complete ultrasound asap.....
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rileysmom. i don't know too much about it, but just wanted to say we're thinking about you. i read a few things about a two vessel cord online and it sounds like most of the time (75% or more) it causes no problems, but it can be associated with some abnormalities which is why they recommend the further diagnostic ultrasound or other tests (amnio...). i think you should take hilary's advice and have confidence in yourself. chances are the two vessel cord will just be a two vessel cord and nothing else and your babe is fine and growing and wonderful.

positive energy to you and take it easy on yourself. your body is doing its job!

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They actually found the 2 vessel thing when I was having a level 2 ultrasound and according to the tech and the Dr., everything looks good with the bladder (had urine in it), kidneys (although early to tell about everything I guess), heart, brain, spine and digestive system (there was fluid in the stomach, so the baby is swallowing ok).

I guess I'm trying to feel reassured, but I was alone at the Dr appt and was so overwhelmed (and crying a bit) that I couldn't think of coherent questions to ask (like "could problems show up later or are the good US results pretty positive?" etc....)

My Dr, (who is a high risk specialist) seemed very reassuring and calm about it. I wish I could be.

Thanks for the responses and that link...I hadn't seen it.
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Carolyn,

Please try not to worry. The Level II ultrasound didn't show anything other than an abnormal umbilical cord, right? My dd had one of these...her umbilical cord had 4 chambers instead of three. I haven't researched it because we didn't know about it until she was born perfect and healthy. My guess is that this abnormality would have come with its own concerns had we known about it earlier.

Listen to Hilary -- draw a line in the sand and focus on the things that are in your control.

Best wishes to you!
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Quote:
Originally posted by Hilary


Do what you CAN do, and forget about what you can't.

Great advice! With my 2nd pg I have a very dangerous, and
rare case of placenta previa (vasa previa). I was devistated
by that news and it consumed me for days! All I could think about
was what "bad" things that could happen. I then had to refocus
and try to be positive. You can't keep up with 9 months of
pg thinking the worst! Take care and enjoy it!

Tmoving this to the pg forum now
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Another thought - My first was born ten weeks early, naturally.

My Second was induced (mismanaged labour and delivery -

another thread sometime)

and my third biological child was exactly two weeks *late*.

I've read in more than one place that labour in any given womyn

may follow a specific pattern of sorts, yet the gestation period

itself can definitely vary widely. Take special care of your

nutritional input. I know that in itself can prove quite challenging

at times.

Keep your chin up, girlfriend.

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One of my twins has a 2 vessel cord as well. We found no abnormalities on the Fetal Echocardiogram or on any of the (monthly!) u/s I've had.

We were told that he could be smaller and weaker than his sister, because of the less blood and nutrients getting through the cord, but he has consistantly out-measured and out-weighed his sister.

We will have to wait until they are born to know for sure, but we're fairly certain that there are no abnormalities. (I'm officially "due" on August 10, but I think they are coming soon- like in the next few weeks.)

Here is a link to the thread I put up when I found out about the SUA, I think there were many mamas who had babies born who have advice...

By the way, it is NOT your fault. Pregnancies are tricky, I know-- both of mine have been really rough. But, remember, you gotta do want you can and don't fret about what you can't. Take care of yourself, and you'll take care of that baby. (((hugs)))
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Thanks for all the replies guys. I'm doing a pretty good job staying calm these days--I was a bit overwhelmed at first...

I am looking forward to my next ultrasound (never thought I'd be saying that!) just for more reassurance, but I'm just trying to cruise through the days and chill
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