Cord Knot

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kay101 - January 21

I'm 21 weeks and just wondering if anyone has ever been told there might be a knot in the umbilical cord when they had their ultrasound? (no horror stories please!) Even though they said true knots are rare because the baby would have to loop the cord around and swim though it, I was able to see it myself. It's not causing any problems, my son is 100% healthy, but I go back in 4 weeks to have another ultrasound to see if it's still there. If it is, I'll be coming in every week to two weeks for ultrasounds and nst's to make sure it's not causing any problems. In the meantime, I know to monitor my son's movements and go to labor in delivery to be checked if I don't feel him for a while. They checked the cord blood flow and it was just fine, but I know the concern is that it would tighten.

 

jen27 - January 21

Kay, I'm sorry you are having to worry about this. This is my 1st pregnancy so I have no advice to give you. They have not mentioned anything about the umbilical cord after any of my 3 u/s. I have a couple of questions though. If there is in fact a knot in the umbilical cord, why would they be checking it to see if it is still there? How would the cord unknot itself? Maybe they are not sure if there is really a knot there at all? Also, is this your 1st pregnancy? At 21 weeks, I'm not sure why they would be telling you to monitor your son's movements. I'm 22 wks 3 days today and I am still not feeling consistent movements yet. I was told that movements don't really get consistent enough to do a kick count until 28 weeks and for them to be asking you to monitor already is going to give you unnecessary anxiety if you happen to not be able to feel him for "a while". Try not to worry too much though. There have been plenty of stories of healthy babies being born with "true knots" in the cord. I hope everything works out ok for you and your son.

 

kay101 - January 21

A true knot would be from the baby actually making a loop in the knot and swimming through it. What they're seeing could just be a loop or the cord wrapped around itself......not actually in a tied knot if that makes sense. That's why I'm going back in 4 weeks to see if it's still there. I have a VERY active little guy and been feeling him move since 17 weeks. It's consitant and I'm able to tell his schedule, so I'd easily be able to tell if he hadn't been moving for an abnormal amount of time. They said if I don't feel him move for several hours to have a gla__s of juice and eat something, then sit down for a while. They aren't worried about it now because he's doing just fine and they aren't sure if that's what it is yet. If it is, I would just be monitored closely with ultrasounds and nst's to make sure the know wasn't tightening later on. I have a 3 1/2 year old little girl. I'm not really anxious about it, just making sure I'm aware of what's going on and it's always nice to hear similar stories.

 

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