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Donna BaloLong Umbilical Cord
by Donna Harvel Balo ARNP, CNM, MS

Q. At my last 2 ultrasounds, the doctor has said that my baby has a long umbilical cord. You could really see it today all coiled up in front of the baby. I'm really worried about knots in the cord, complications, etc. Should I be worried? Are there things to be looking for? Should I stop being so paranoid? Let me know your thoughts, thanks!

A. An average umbilical cord is 2 - 2 1/2 feet in length but can range from 5 inches to 5 feet! The pressure of the rushing bloodstream keeps the cord extended so it doesn't knot or kink. The two arteries and one vein carry 300 quarts of blood at the speed of four mph. It is so amazing how everything works so perfectly!

There is nothing special you need to do or worry about.

As you are the only one with the baby, just be aware that after 28 weeks, although they are allowed naps, the baby should move every day. If there are any concerns or changes in normal movement, of course, call your provider.

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