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

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
145M people helped
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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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. James Ferguson
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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?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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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?

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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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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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?

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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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?

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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Dr. Jodi Ritsch
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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.

Dr. Jodi Ritsch
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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.

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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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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In miscarriage, if amniotic sac attached with placenta passed in discharge, can umbilical cord also be visible?

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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In miscarriage, if amniotic sac attached with placenta passed in discharge, can umbilical cord also be visible?

How far along : That would depend how far along someone is when they miscarry. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Lippmann
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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What should I do if the umbilical cord doesn't fall off?

Dr. Richard Lippmann
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Please expand: I agree please expand on your question. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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What should you do if your babys umbilical cord falls off one week sooner ?

Dr. James Ferguson
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What should you do if your babys umbilical cord falls off one week sooner ?

Enjoy : There are some forms of treatment that can prolong cord stump attachment (triple dye).I use rubbing alcohol and expect stump separation in the first week. ...Read more

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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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Dr. Kelly Kane
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Does a baby feel his umbilical cord being cut off when he is born?

Dr. Kelly Kane
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Does a baby feel his umbilical cord being cut off when he is born?

Not at all: Umbilical cords do not have nerves.

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Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Wen i had my baby i was told the umbilical cord was short.What could cause that?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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Wen i had my baby i was told the umbilical cord was short.What could cause that?

Not significant: Cords vary in length, needing only to be long enough to connect baby to the placenta and assure transfer of nutrients.The longest I've seen was about 7 feet, but baby had it wrapped 5 times around the neck before her c/s delivery at term. (normal baby) the average is about 2-3 feet.I see no reason to worry about it. ...Read more

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