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Old 06-02-2008, 05:50 PM   #1
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Exclamation Single umbilical artery? someone please help me!

Ok I went to the dr today for my scan and found out we are having a little girl. I am so happy but i feel like I have fell off the happy cloud. I am being sent to a specialist because something is wrong with the umbilical card it is suppose to have 2 ateries and a vein well mine don't it has 1 artery and 1 vein. My dr said the baby was fine measured fine right with my due date the heart rate was good she was really active. But the internet is my greatest enemy because I came home and looked up umbilical cord problem and what I have is single umbilical artery and everything I read has been horrible. I know I should trust my dr and I do I know he would tell me if he even had the slightest thought something was going wrong but he didn't said all was fine and I go back to him on the 26th for the one hour test. My apt with the specialist is Friday he said they had a better ultrasound and they checked every little detail better than he could. I guess my question is how worried should I be? Has anyone had a single umbilical artery and came out fine or does anyone know of anyone that has? Please I need some help I am driving my self crazy I am so worried. We have been through so much to conceive this little girl and every time I think I am out of the woods and can relax and enjoy being pregnant something else comes up.
This is crazy I am in tears as I type this I am heart broke at the idea something terrible is wrong with her. I am so afraid of losing her.
Thanks for all the help
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Old 06-02-2008, 06:48 PM   #2
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Re: Single umbilical artery? someone please help me!

i had never heard of this so i looked some stuff up. it said that 2 out of every 3 babies with this will be born just fine. its the most common malformation of the cord (.5-7% of pregnancys) and occurs mostly in women carrying little girls who have been pregnant a few times before. the biggest risk is birth defects but it said that if the ultrasound doesnt pick up any then more then likely everything will be perfect. i really hope everything is okay and im sure it will be. just keep telling yourself that there is a better chance she will be born fine then being born with a problem. i would tell you not to worry about it but i know thats impossible. i dont have any high risks as of right now and i worry about my little boy constantly so i cant even imagine what your going through. keep us updated about how things are going. im sure she will be perfect.

 
Old 06-02-2008, 07:33 PM   #3
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Re: Single umbilical artery? someone please help me!

Thanks for the reply. I did a search on health boards and found several threads that has to do with SUA and most everyone I seen on here had no problems what so ever.

I know I will not look up SUA on the internet again the stuff it tells is all really bad and doesn't tell of any thing good coming out of it.

My dr isn't worried at all I am 19w1d and I measured just that. If he was worried he would have me coming in before 4 weeks too, so I would think.
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Old 06-02-2008, 07:36 PM   #4
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Re: Single umbilical artery? someone please help me!

i hate the internet. i look up every little symptom i have and it always tells me something horrible is about to happen. if you ever need to look something up that your worried about have someone else do it for you. i have come to realize that when we look things up under stress we tend to focus on the negatives rather then the positives.

 
Old 06-03-2008, 04:40 AM   #5
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Re: Single umbilical artery? someone please help me!

Tami,
Hey! Try not to worry, I know what you are going through. I am pregnant with my second little girl and we found out at 18 weeks through ultrasound that she also has SUA. They really didn't go into much detail as to what it meant or what the effects could be so I did the same as you. I came straight home, got on the internet and completely freaked myself out! Everything I read was horrible and I couldn't understand why they had acted as if though it wasn't a big deal after all of the information I had read. I went back in for another ultrasound last Friday at 22 weeks and everything is still going great with my little girl. She is growing right on schedule. The perinatologist did say that they will start doing ultrasounds once a month now from here until the baby is born just to keep up with her growth and make sure she is doing ok. She also mentioned that most of the growth problems don't even occur until 30 weeks and after, but still she had all the confidence that the baby would be just fine. My OB is also having me come every three weeks now for appointments instead of every four weeks so they too can keep up with the growth. They also said that it really meant nothing and that all it could really effect is that the baby might be a little small. SO, I am just thinking positive and trying not to worry at this point. I trust my doctors as they did a phenomonal job during my last pregnancy so I know they will do their best to let me know what to expect this time around too. Good luck, and if you find anything else out at your next scan, let me know! Not that I wish this on someone but it's nice to find another person going through the same thing.

Good luck hun!
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Old 06-03-2008, 07:32 AM   #6
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Re: Single umbilical artery? someone please help me!

I'm like you I don't wish this on anyone but I am glad someone understands this.
I got home and seen all the stuff on the internet and like you I freaked out because my dr was calm with it kept telling me it's nothing to worry about the baby is fine. I even asked him what kind of effects this will have on the baby and he said in all his years in practice he has never seen it cause anything. I trust my dr. I have been seeing him for years he knows all about our infertility problems and the M/C I was seeing him and he was really good and he completely understands everything thing I am feeling because him and his wife had the same problems we did with the IF and M/C. So I believe he is being completely honest with me and I believe if it was something to worry about he would of told me.
I just pray our little ones keep doing good.Thank you so much for sharing your situation with me it makes me feel some what better. I don't think I will feel completely better until she is here and I can see she is fine.
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Old 06-03-2008, 08:07 PM   #7
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Re: Single umbilical artery? someone please help me!

I too understand your pain. It's human nature to see all the bad stuff the net says on these single umbilical arteries, but try to look at all the facts when you're researching it; you'll find that these conditions, when by themselves, don't really mean anything. Our twins just turned one year old last week, and my son also had a single umbilical artery (the other baby is a girl). We had to go through that extensive ultrasound where they check the baby's systems out to make sure everything else is fine (I believe research has shown that babies with physical deformities tend to have SUA's more often than not, but even that number is low).

And I'll say this, I personally question the statistics on how often SUA's occur. When my twins were born (i'm the husband), I cut the umbilical cords. One of the nurses on hand was doing a spot-check, and mumbled loud enough where I could hear it "umbilical cord looks normal". I told them that wasn't right, all the ultrasounds showed the boy to have an SUA. Sure enough, he took a blade and peeled the outer layer of the cord back to reveal only 1 artery and 1 vein. So I think it happens a bit more often than the stats show because it's something that's probably easily overlooked in the heat of the moment (just my humble opinion). So try to stay upbeat, the odds are on your side!

 
Old 06-03-2008, 08:20 PM   #8
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Re: Single umbilical artery? someone please help me!

Thank you so much for your story Chris. I seem to be getting alot of the same stories from other people that has delt with this same thing and I am starting to feel alot better. My SIL called a few minutes ago and told me about a girl she knows that had this they told her the baby would never be able to do anything well the baby is 2 now and is completely normal.

All I can do is pray for the best this is still my baby and no matter what she will be loved and took care of no matter what the out come.

Again Thank you so much for the positive reply. I hope you babies keep doing good.
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Old 06-04-2008, 04:20 AM   #9
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Re: Single umbilical artery? someone please help me!

Chris,
Your story was good to hear. I am glad everything turned out well with your babies! I really would've never known that there was even a potential for problems until I looked up SUA on the internet. Stupid! The perinatologist acted really laid back about it and didn't say too much. The only reason I looked it up was because I couldn't remember all of the details of what he had said at the time. I guess that was from the excitement of the ultrasound to begin with. He never once made mention of any problems beyond the baby possibly being on the small side. So, I have to agree with you, that when present alone with no other conditions it doesn't seem to really mean a whole lot. Again, it's great to hear a success story though, it just gives that little bit of extra positivity!
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Old 06-04-2008, 09:04 AM   #10
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Re: Single umbilical artery? someone please help me!

This is really hard. We have had fetility problems and been trying for over 7 years. We've had a m/c that was so hard. Then we found out I was pg with this one. We was so happy but afraid at the same time. First it was make it to see the hb then the 13 week mark then past 14week when I m/c before then to feel the baby move. I was home free and had stopped worring over every little crap or pain. I could hardly sleep the night before the scan I was so excited to know what we was having. That day when I seen it was a girl I was so happy I wanted a girl so bad but would of been just as happy with a boy. I was on cloud nine when I went in the room to talk with the dr. then it felt like I just crashed when he said that there was a problem with the umbilical cord (sua) I know the dr seen the worry on my face and he started tell me right then that the baby was fine he seen nothing to worry about she looked completely normal for a baby her age. So the only thing he did see was simply the sua. I am still really nervous about the specialist and as the day gets closer the worse it gets. For some reason in my heart I feel like there is nothing wrong with her. She woke me up kicking away this morning and is kicking now. When I got pg this time I had this strange sense of peace for some reason I just knew that this one was going to be fine and I still feel the same way now. My MIL said it was the same way with her when we told her she just had a peace come over her and knew everything was going to be fine this time.
Well I am just taking it one day at a time enjoying my little one moving around we worked so hard to get her. I am trying not to worry because I have always lived by stressing and worring about something isn't going to change the out come.
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:21 AM   #11
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Re: Single umbilical artery? someone please help me!

Tami,
I know you really wanted a girl (like me) and I am so happy that you got your wish (again, like me). I'm sorry that you are unable to fully enjoy the news. I am sure that your baby girl will be just fine. Your best bet is to share your concerns and anxieties with your doctors. Hopefully they will be able to explain things better and help curb some of your fears.

Congrats again on finding out that you are having a girl!! Take care!

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Old 06-04-2008, 07:29 PM   #12
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Nicole,
I am so happy it's a little girl (would of been happy either way). I just really wish I could get into being pg. I want to go shopping and start buying for her but I am so stressed right now. I am praying that this scan Friday will say she is fine so maybe I can relax and enjoy being pregnant. Dh and I have TTC for so long. Dh is already talking about trying again. I was talking about which birth control I wanted to use and he looked at me and said WHY? We are just now half way with this one I'm not really ready to think of another yet.
Have you decided on any names yet?
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Old 06-05-2008, 05:20 AM   #13
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Re: Single umbilical artery? someone please help me!

We had decided on Kelan before we even got pregnant. It was universal so we were going to use it no matter what sex the baby was. As far as the middle name, it's still up in the air, but I like Taylor, Ever or Grace.

At least your scan is tomorrow and you will be able to relax after it's over. Don't worry, there is plenty of time for shopping. I seem to pick something up every time I go out. I mean, how can I resist the ADORABLE dresses that are out right now?! (especially after buying t-shirts and shorts for 2.5 years!)

Keep us posted on what you find out. I'll keep you and your little girl in my thoughts.

P.S. I would smack my husband if he ever brought up having another kid, lol, especially at this point in the game. This has been a tough pregnancy. I'm done after this one.
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Re: Single umbilical artery? someone please help me!

One other thing I forgot to mention on these single umbilical artery cords: When we were told about it, the doctors told us the biggest thing to be concerned with is later in the pregnancy, as the baby gets bigger, the single artery might not be able to keep up with the baby's nutrient needs, which would start to show up if the baby stopped gaining weight (with twins, it wasn't hard to keep up with because we got ultrasounds literally every 3-4 weeks, so we've got a nice little scrapbook of ultrasounds). All through the pregnancy, the boy was always measuring larger than the girl. At the 34th week, for the first time, our little girl actually measured larger than the boy. If things had gotten out of hand, they would have went ahead and started labor, but as it was, Denise went into labor on her own within a couple of days, and our beautiful little babies wer born (I wish I could figure out how to post a picture of them). Anyway, that'll probably be your biggest issue, so be on the lookout for the baby's weight gaining properly.

 
Old 06-05-2008, 02:36 PM   #15
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Re: Single umbilical artery? someone please help me!

Thank you Chris you are really such a great help it really makes me feel alot better reading your post and I am so glad your little ones are doing so good.

Ps....They want let us post pictures I wish they would tho.
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