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Was the umbilical cord funky for your baby with DS?


 
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PostPosted: October 29 2008, 3:22 PM    Post subject:
Was the umbilical cord funky for your baby with DS?
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Mine was with violette - I remember commenting on it at the time. My friend/my OB said it didn't mean anything, but I just read from someone else on here who said theirs was short!

I'm just curious...

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PostPosted: October 29 2008, 3:29 PM    Post subject:
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Angela's was EXTRA long, was around her neck twice AND had a knot it it! Between that and the placenta problems she had it's amazing she lived!

One of my friends who's son has DS had a two-vessel chord. (I think there's supposed to be 3, right?) and was told that is often associated with chromosomal problems, or kidney malformation, but can also "just happen" without any other issues.

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PostPosted: October 29 2008, 4:01 PM    Post subject:
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YES, issues with Oliver's!

I know that a short cord is common in kids with Down syndrome. But that wasn't the case with Oliver.

Oliver had a double nuchal cord (cord around the neck) AND his cord was...torn or ripped or ruptured or something. We've never gotten a clear answer as to what happened and what it was.

But when Oliver was born, his cord was bleeding pretty massively...right up by his body. They had to quickly clamp and cut it, right next to his body. My husband didn't get to cut the cord, and that little clamp thing was really really close to his abdomen. Due to the bleeding, Oliver swallowed a lot of blood on the way out and had to get his stomach pumped.

We've asked for specifics about what it was, what happened, etc. We just never get a real answer. I think they either don't know or they don't want to get blamed.

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PostPosted: October 29 2008, 4:30 PM    Post subject:
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Lucy's was short. She actually was almost a c-section because of it. I was not aware of a link between that and her Ds.

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PostPosted: October 29 2008, 4:38 PM    Post subject:
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Yep, short cord here, too.

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PostPosted: October 29 2008, 4:53 PM    Post subject:
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Short for Avery too!

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PostPosted: October 29 2008, 5:04 PM    Post subject:
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Short cord for Toru.

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PostPosted: October 29 2008, 5:15 PM    Post subject:
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Since the placenta and cord come from the same egg, they also can have effects of T21.

We had placental bloodflow issues that led to Clara's delivery at 26 weeks. Nothing was said about the cord itself.

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PostPosted: October 29 2008, 6:10 PM    Post subject:
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Lucy's was short. She actually was almost a c-section because of it. I was not aware of a link between that and her Ds.


Yep, I think they say it's because babies with Down syndrome tend to not move around as much in the womb, and therefore the cord doesn't get stretched out like it does with other babies.

Oliver was a MOVER from conception and to this day. And his cord was long.

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PostPosted: October 29 2008, 6:17 PM    Post subject:
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Grayson was delivered c-section. Our cord was so short it pulled at his tummy and pulled the button out! He still has a major flap! I didn't know that it was associated with Ds.

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PostPosted: October 29 2008, 6:34 PM    Post subject:
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Charlie's was really short. Other than that, it seemed just fine.
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PostPosted: October 29 2008, 7:12 PM    Post subject:
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Lucy's was short. She actually was almost a c-section because of it. I was not aware of a link between that and her Ds.


Yep, I think they say it's because babies with Down syndrome tend to not move around as much in the womb, and therefore the cord doesn't get stretched out like it does with other babies.

Oliver was a MOVER from conception and to this day. And his cord was long.


See, now that's interesting, because Lucy was super active. She was a kicker from about 14 weeks on. I was convinced she was going to break one of my ribs. Maybe just her feet were going...not enough to stretch that cord! Smile

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PostPosted: October 29 2008, 7:37 PM    Post subject:
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We were told that the cord was very small and narrow. I never asked if that meant that it was short. We were also told that the placenta was quite small, which they thought caused my Blood pressure to increase at around 28 weeks. He stayed in until 33 weeks but my body started breaking down and he had decells, that concerned the Drs. He was 3lb 3oz and they thought he was so small because the placenta was somehow compromised.

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PostPosted: October 30 2008, 3:58 PM    Post subject:
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Luke's cord was too short for a vaginal delivery (which they found out at the last minute- what a ride it was into the surgical wing!)

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PostPosted: October 30 2008, 5:48 PM    Post subject:
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Owens was fairly normal, Emmas was very short, she only just got out, but couldn't be delivered onto my tummy.

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PostPosted: October 30 2008, 7:29 PM    Post subject:
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Yup, Reese's cord was short. I'll never forget, just as she came out my obgyn said "wow, short cord" and seemed puzzled by it. He had to cut the cord before he could lay Reese on me because the cord would not reach. I have often wondered if it was related to DS but could not find any literature on this. Strangely, she was very active in utero and is still a very active baby.

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PostPosted: October 30 2008, 8:48 PM    Post subject:
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Yup, Megan's was short. I remember before I knew Megan had DS they could not hand her to me after I pushed her out because the cord was too short and needed to be cut first.

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PostPosted: October 30 2008, 8:59 PM    Post subject:
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yep, Emlyn's was short too - so short they couldn't put her on me which sucked. It was healthy though, as was our placenta. She was born at 37 weeks - spontaneous vaginal delivery.

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PostPosted: October 31 2008, 3:32 AM    Post subject:
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No cord issues but placenta was failing with Robert. He had been over 6lbs on a a scan and weighted 3lbs 13 oz at birth. His skin was falling from his body.
Delivered first day of week 37 but he was treated as a 34 weeker!

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PostPosted: October 31 2008, 12:12 PM    Post subject:
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Yes, looking back, that was the first tell-tale sign (we didn't have a prenatal diagnosis). We saved the cord blood and my OB had a heck of a time trying to get enough blood. I didn't know anything different as Cameron was our first but I bet he knew right away.
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Nicole was very active. But her cord was short. They almost did a c-section because her heart kept declining with the contractions and after she was born the cord was just long enough for her to get out. They said with the contractions that it was pulling the cord and causing the decline.

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PostPosted: October 31 2008, 5:35 PM    Post subject:
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No cord problems but we did have an placenta that wasn't looking good on sono's. We were having testing done everyweek 'cause of that. And my amniotic fluid decreased dramatically at the end. We didn't know it at the time but I'm sure it was related to the DS.

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David's was normal length, BUT about half of the babies in my family from my mother's generation on (and maybe before, don't know just how far back it goes) were born with too long umbilical cords. My cousin Marshall and I both got strangled by our cords when we were born and had to be resuscitated, so David's may very well have been a long one, but the effect of the DS was to make it normal length.
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PostPosted: November 01 2008, 6:36 PM    Post subject:
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yep short two vessel cord here this is interesting

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John was born with a normal length cord but was also 2 vessel which means not as much blood supply to baby.

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Noone said anything to us either at delivery or on ultrasound. I would assume all was normal because my Dr said he went back to look at the ultra sound after Netanels birth, to see if there was any indication.
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