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 abnormalities).

If a 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.

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