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A 29-year-old female asked:

What are the signs of fetal cord compression? baby has had hada lot of hiccups and moved rather excessively. i'm 29w3d pregnant.

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Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Fetal cord: With all the kicking and acrobatics a baby does during pregnancy, you might wonder why cord accidents aren't more common. The answer is that a normal umbilical cord is thickly coated in a substance called wharton's jelly. This makes the cord very slippery and protects against the cord being compressed by the normal movements of the baby. You should discuss with your OB to relieve your anxiety.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Not hiccups: The fetus enjoys relative freedom from cord compression issues for all but the last stages of pregnancy.Neck raps, hand grabs, shoulder pinches, etc will become apparent during the extra stress caused by labor & are picked up on fetal monitor as erratic heart rates. Hiccups are normal.How one decides what is excessive movement is hard to pinpoint.
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Last updated Aug 12, 2020
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