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Umbilical Cord Torsion

Umbilical Cord Torsion

Has anyone ever heard of an umbilical cord torsion? How common is this and if it happens with one pregnancy is it more likely to happen with another? Are there any known causes as to why this happens? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Hi Shelley, Umbilical cord accidents are definitely a sad complication that can lead to a stillbirth, and most times we have no answer for them. Any woman who has had a stillbirth is at an increased of one in the future, and with cord accidents these tend to be higher if the cord itself is abnormal (only one umbilical artery instead of the normal two, or with an abnormal cord insertion, for example). We’ve got more info on stillbirth here: http://www.bundoo.com/articles/what-is-a-stillbirth/

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    1. Thank you for this information!

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  2. My first granddaughter was born still due to torsion of her umbilical cord. Umbilical cord complications are 5-10 times more likely to reoccur in moms with.that history. Make sure you take openly with you health care team about the need for close monitoring during your pregnancy. Keep a close eye on fetal movements from 20 weeks and begin kick counting around 28 weeks. Remember, a change in baby’s movements such as speeding up or slowing down could be the sign of a compromised baby so call your health care team for further monitoring….xo

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    1. This is very helpful information. My sister just had a stillborn little girl at 22 weeks bc of a torsion. She goes back to the doctor next week and they are going to do more testing. She is very scared that this could reoccur if she does decide to try again. They do believe that this was an isolated event, but will leave no stone unturned. Thank you again for your response!

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