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Had 20 week ultrasound. Midwife reported umbilical cord attached to the membrane of placenta. Is this serious?

Had 20 week ultrasound. Midwife reported umbilical cord attached to the membrane of placenta. Is this serious?

Please explain ??: The umbilical cord arises from the placenta and must be attached for that to happen. Perhaps there is another way to describe your question. If not please call the OB and ask them to explain what they really meant. ...Read more

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Heard it's beneficial to leave the umbilical cord attached to baby for 3 to 5 min so blood can go back to baby. True, benefits to doing this? dangers?

Heard it's beneficial to leave the umbilical cord attached to baby for 3 to 5 min so blood can go back to baby. True, benefits to doing this? dangers?

Maybe,maybenot: The idea is there is baby blood in the placenta & it is a good source of iron. Babies don't make much new blood in the first months so their level starts out higher than adults to begin with & normally falls as baby grows. The problem with this move is you can let too much blood go across & babies blood will be too thick & could lead to kidney damage or stroke. I'd avoid it. ...Read more

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Does it matter how long the umbilical cord on a new born is attached before it is cut off ? Are there pros to having it stay on longer?

Does it matter how long the umbilical cord on a new born is attached before it is cut off ?  Are there pros to having it stay on longer?

Stay longer except: In general it is better to let it stay longer to allow the blood to return to the fetus, except if the baby has heart defect or low apgar score that needs resuscitation. ...Read more

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When should the umbilical cord stump fall off? My baby is 15 days old and it's still firmly attached. I'm starting to worry it won't ever fall off.

When should the umbilical cord stump fall off?  My baby is 15 days old and it's still firmly attached.  I'm starting to worry it won't ever fall off.

Varies: It will fall off usually during the first month life. Frequent cleaning of the area with alcohol may extend the time the cord remains. Congrats on your new baby! ...Read more

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I feel umbilical cord pain, not like pain little pinch.Can you help me pls.Thanks?

I feel umbilical cord pain, not like pain little pinch.Can you help me pls.Thanks?

PictureWorth1000Wrds: Belly button pain is usually due to a hernia or an infection at the umbilicus. Is the pinch worse w/exercise or exertion? Can you see or feel a little lump at or next to the belly button? Does it look more like an "out-y"? Is there any renders or drainage? Best bet-make an appointment to see a primary care doctor for definitive diagnosis. Good luck! ...Read more

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Why does my baby start kicking and flipping more when I lay down? Could my positioning cause umbilical cord issues?

Why does my baby start kicking and flipping more when I lay down? Could my positioning cause umbilical cord issues?

Ultrasound may tell: Many women report increased fetal movement when they lie on their sides. We believe that is related to an increase in blood flow to the baby due to a change in the mother's position and activity. With regard to positioning and cord compression, it is typically the position of the fetus/cord in a uterus with a low amount of amniotic fluid that is occasionally associated with "issues" or problems. ...Read more

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Is it possible for an adult to have remnants of umbilical cord? And if so, how can it be removed?

Is it possible for an adult to have remnants of umbilical cord? And if so, how can it be removed?

Yes: Yes it is possible for a patient to have a remnant of the umbilical cord. You can go to a general surgeon for a consultation regarding possible surgical removal. ...Read more

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