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#1 of 13 Old 04-28-2006, 10:40 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Well the doctor office called me this afternoon and is sending me to a specialist in Denver. My ultrasound showed that my umbilical cord has 2 veins and 1 artery- instead of had 2 arteries and 1 vein. So I am not sure what that means. And then I have placenta previa also. I was just wondering if anyone knows anything about some of this. This hit me off guard big time. This is my 5th pregnancy and is the first time I have ever dealt with any of this. I even cared identical twins and didn't have this much trouble. This little girl is giving me a run for my money I guess.
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oh mama,

i hope you get more answers from the specialist.

questions i thought of that you might ask:
*is the previa complete or is it partial? if it's partial, when would they recommend another ultrasound to find out if it has moved out of the way for a vaginal birth? (i'm making an assumption that you are planning a vaginal birth for this babe...)
*how do they tell the difference between an artery and vein via ultrasound?
*if your baby has this blood vessel anomaly, is that a marker for a genetic abnormality or is it simply a variation?
*best case scenario and worst case scenario, how can this blood vessel anomaly affect the baby?

sending you lots of warmth and love and peace and wisdom...

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Ooo, I'm sorry

About the placenta previa, the placenta normally moves up as you are pregnant longer, or at least that's what I've read. I wouldn't worry about that at all.

The cord with 2 veins and 1 artery, I just looked it up quickly and it looks like baby has the odds in her favor 70% are perfectly noraml. Is her size good? It said it can lead to a smaller baby, miscarriage (which you obviously have made it past where it would be called a miscarriage any more, so that rules that out for you ) and a couple other things that I didn't look into.

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Nebraskamom, I don`t know much about the umbilical cord issue but the high risk pregnancy board at Babycenter has had some mamas dealing with that, maybe they can help. I do know that previas are more likely in women who have had more children, I`m on my 4th and I had a previa at 13 weeks, but it moved. Your previa will probably move, do you know if it is centered over the cervix or if it is a piece over it? Both situations can be called complete, but centered ones move less & posterior placentas move less. 90% move before the due date, I learned. Good luck to you!

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To Myhoneyswife-- the baby is measuring at 21week and 3 days- but I am only 20 weeks and 1 day. So the baby is running big right now.
thanks to everyone else for al your help this is new ground for me.
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Sorry that you are dealing with some stressful news. I hope the specialist will be able to put your mind at ease with more information.

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Wishing you peace of mind and body right now...

It is hard to wait for more news... we will be waiting with you.

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At the specialist they should offer you a doppler scan. It will show the blood flow in different colours for the arteries and the veins and will show that the blood is moving. I have a doppler booked for a week Monday to check the flow in my placenta and cord for clotting issues but have had that type of scan before on my legs.

You've grown babies before and this one is growing well; stay positive s
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My friend dealt with this and it ended up being no big deal and the baby was born normally.I guess it is more of a precautionary thing.With the arteries i mean.The placenta could easily fix itself at this point.
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That must be very scary for you. Hope the next doc can you tell more, and better news!
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To Myhoneyswife-- the baby is measuring at 21week and 3 days- but I am only 20 weeks and 1 day. So the baby is running big right now.
I think that sounds really good! I mean, if she's growing, she's obviously getting plenty of nutrients through the cord, isn't she? Not that I know anything about it, but to my common person logic this looks good
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I hope everything turns out good for you
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