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umbilical cord can not choke/strangle your baby

Posted by on Mar. 22, 2013 at 10:54 PM
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The umbilical cord around the fetus’ neck cannot strangle your baby! There, I said it. Now,let’s discuss the logic behind this truth. Nature has devised a system to nourish the developing baby inside the womb of all mammals. The placenta and umbilical cord are an amazing creation of both form and function. The placenta acts as a factory for hormones to support the pregnancy, afilter that among a myriad of tasks acts to bring in good things and remove waste and provides a reserve of blood and oxygen to support the baby through labor. The umbilical cord is the conduit by which nutrients such as sugar and oxygen help feed the baby viaits two veins while through its one artery passes the waste by-products of growth.

Understanding how a baby gets its oxygen allows us to understand why a baby cannot strangle or “choke” on its cord. In order to choke, one must be using its tracheato breath air. Clearly, there is no air in the uterus, the baby does not breathe through its throat and, therefore, cannot choke. When an ultrasound reveals the cord around the neck it is a normal human response to anthropormorphasize the intrauterine baby to our extrauterine experience. But this is not the case and there is no reason to have fear. So, let’s dispel once and for all the rumor that a cord around the neck (nuchal cord) is more dangerous than any other situation. About 35-40% of normal term babies are born with the cord around the neck at least once. It can also be wrapped around the body or legs or even at times have a true knot. None of which are usually significant as the cord is designed to deal with this.

Cord compression can occur anytime during pregnancy. The cord is well equipped to handle temporary squeezing as the 3vessels are cushioned by a matrix called Wharton’s jelly and the surrounding amniotic fluid. In labor, sometimes after the bag of waters breaks and fluid leaks out,the cord can be repeatedly compressed with contractions. This is not uncommon and is not, by itself, a sign of distress. Your practitioner or nurse can listen to or interpret the fetal heart rate pattern to know whether any intervention is necessary. And the compression of the cord almost never is an emergency or acause for the tragic death of a baby inside the womb. When that tragedy occurs we all want to know why and often, mistakenly, we are told it was a “cord accident”. Compared to the number of times I have heard this mentioned by patients or news stories the real truth is that this is a very rare event.

Please be reassured that your baby will not strangle on its cord because it is not breathing through its neck like you and I. If you hear someone repeat this rumor youwould be doing agreat service to pregnant women everywhere by logically explaining to them the reasons why.
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july09baby
by on Mar. 22, 2013 at 10:56 PM
I found this article one less worry that I don't have to worry about during labor.
lifeforchrist
by on Mar. 22, 2013 at 10:58 PM

whats the link?

july09baby
by on Mar. 22, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Quoting lifeforchrist:

whats the link?


. http://prenatalyogacenter.com/blog/dispelling-a-myth-about-the-umbilical-cord/
Racheldp20
by Bronze Member on Mar. 22, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Nice :) one less thing to worry about...never really thought of it that way

kelly617
by Silver Member on Mar. 22, 2013 at 11:23 PM
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Um..this is completely incorrect and I believe the women that have lost babies to this will agree

Your child CAN die from the cord being wrapped around its neck..especially in labor when the cord can tighten while the baby is trying to be born..
No won't strangle the baby because as you said they are not "breathing" yet but there are massive ateries and blood vessels that carry the oxygen to the brain that are located in the neck...and if you cut that off no oxy to the brain = death

louzannalady
by Gold Member on Mar. 22, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Amen! Thank you for posting this! This is one of my HUGEST pet peeves!

unspecified42
by on Mar. 22, 2013 at 11:30 PM
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I can point you in the direction of a handful of mourning mothers who would beg to differ.

Ciaodarlings
by on Mar. 22, 2013 at 11:32 PM
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This should be interesting.
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july09baby
by on Mar. 22, 2013 at 11:35 PM
Quoting kelly617:

Um..this is completely incorrect and I believe the women that have lost babies to this will agree

Your child CAN die from the cord being wrapped around its neck..especially in labor when the cord can tighten while the baby is trying to be born..No won't strangle the baby because as you said they are not "breathing" yet but there are massive ateries and blood vessels that carry the oxygen to the brain that are located in the neck...and if you cut that off no oxy to the brain = death



the cord cant be tightened around the neck enough for it to choke them. HOWEVER, during labor, the cord can be compressed in the birthing canal. and since your baby is still relying on the cord for their oxygen during labor, THAT could harm them. theyre just trying to knock down generalizations about the cord. the cord doesnt choke them, it just can get pinched off.
rayroe2
by on Mar. 22, 2013 at 11:36 PM
Sausage leave these women alone for real! They don't need the stress of a troll...this is just wrong in this group...even in nature mothers have this happen..that's why the can spawn fast to live.
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