Originally Posted by Ren1981
I discovered my baby had a 2 vessel cord at my 19 week ultrasound and was told it was not a problem but I would have to have extra ultrasounds to check the growth. I had an ultrasound at 28 weeks and the baby was right on average but after seeing the midwife today I was told I have slightly excessive amniotic fluid and one of the babys kidneys is bigger than the other. Has anyone else experienced any of this as i'm a bit worried as to what this means.
I've got a set of twins that will be turning 2 this weekend, and one of them (the boy) had that SUA, while the girl had a normal 3-vessel cord. From what I researched way back a couple of years ago upon first finding out about it, it seems that research shows that about 1% of all babies have this SUA condition, and of that 1%, about 5% or so have some sort of physical defects. The biggest concern is that around 35-36 weeks, the baby may not get enough nutrients from the single artery, and might suffer a slowdown in growth. Our two came about 4 weeks early anyway, but that last week our little girl was catching up to the boy, so I think that was starting to have an effect, although it was rendered moot since they arrived early. No doubt you'll scan the internet and the absolute worst horror stories will jump out at you, but please keep in mind that odds are excellent that this SUA probably won't have much of an affect on anything.
To be perfectly honest, I think that SUA's are more common than what's reported. When I cut the cord (i'm the father) on our son, I overheard one of the assistants noting "normal umbilical cord" -- I told him quickly that I had been informed it was an SUA cord, and they trimmed it back and found that it was. So it MIGHT be more common, but that's just my opinion. Keep your spirits up; the odds are greatly with you that everything will likely be OK.