Baby's umbilical cord only has one artery
A friend of mine is about 24 weeks pregnant and has been told that her babies umbilical cord only has 1 artery. She is under specialist care but has not been explained to fully what this could mean for her or the baby. She has been given a list of problems that her baby could have but she does not understand what a lot of them mean. please could you explain (in layman's terms) what could happen from now? Thank you.
Our expert, Dr Welma Lubbe, responds:
If there is only 1
artery in the umbilical cord, the baby should be examined carefully by ultrasound
to make sure there are no other abnormalities (e.g. heart or kidney
DETAILED ultrasound examination is normal, the only remaining problem is a
small increased risk of growth restriction (i.e. that the baby does not grow
well enough). This can be monitored by ultrasound, but equally accurately by
means of clinical examination.