One artery umbilical cord

Kim - posted on 05/27/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Any other moms out there have a twin, or both twins who had a single artery umbilical cord. My boys are mono/di, but one had a one artery umbilical cord, therefore getting less nutrients than his brother. That twin is smaller than his brother and had been since they were born. Just wondering if anyone else had this experience and what are the long term effects. Wanting to know if he will always be a little peanut :)

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Shannon - posted on 09/09/2011

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I'm sorry I made you cry Kim not my intention :) It just one of those unexplainable things that could go so many ways with something as scary and possibly life threatening as this but I still smile knowing that all is well for you and your family.

Kim - posted on 09/09/2011

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Shannon you just made me cry! I'm so sorry to hear about your loss... When I had my level 2 ultrasound when they discovered the single artery the immediately scheduled me for a fetal echocardiogram. I was so blessed that he was ok. The doctors told me not to go online when I got home and search "single artery umbilical cords" they told me I'd read a bunch of horrible stuff. They reassured me that he was going to be ok and he is perfect.... just a little peanut version of his brother. They are Identical so people still have to ask me if they are or not because they are so different in size. I was actually supposed to be induced on December 28th 2009, but they wanted to come early and were born December 18th.... on the same day my deceased sister was born.

Shannon - posted on 09/09/2011

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I am so happy to hear your son is ok. With our first twin pregnancy (B/G in 2006) my daughter always measured small (a week gestationally behind) since the beginning. At 14 weeks they detected a 1 vessel/artery cord and it was confirmed at our detailed ultrasound. I guess in dome cases this can mean a heart problem and it was confirmed our daughter had Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (3 chamber not a reg 4 chamber heart)
We new her birth and life would be difficult with surgeries and possibly a heart transfusion but there were 2 BABIES!!!
She was still growing and was seeming to be doing fine. Needless to say while on Christmas Vacation at 22.5weeks, I went onto labour but it was my "healthy" son who pulled away from my uterus. I gave birth to our 1lb baby boy (Hadley) stillborn and .5lb daughter (Kinsleigh) still alive on Dec 28, 2006. We were absolutely amazed that she was alive due to her prognosis. She lived with us for 2 hours. We never knew why Hadley left us as there were no medical reasons we just say he left because he knew his sister was sick and just wanted to go with her.
I am so happy to hear about your son
Good luck to you

Monica - posted on 06/05/2011

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My son had that problem. My b/g twins are 3 years old. He was born at 4lbs 5 oz and his sister is the little peanut who barely hits the growth charts. He is fine in the 80th percentile for weight and height.

Kim - posted on 06/03/2011

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I'm glad to hear he is ok! My boys had two echo cardiograms after they found out about the SAU. They had to make sure there would be no complications before I delivered or else I would have had to deliver in a different hospital. That had to of been scary. My little one is definitely the manipulator!

Sara - posted on 06/03/2011

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One of my id twin boys had a single artery umbilical cord which prompted them to watch him very closely. Even with that, he ended up having a congenital heart defect that wasn't picked up until the day after they were born. He had open heart surgery when he was 14 days old. He's still a bit smaller than his brother but he's a thousand times more ornery.

Crysta - posted on 06/03/2011

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One of my twins had the same thing, we were told at 24 weeks that she had it, and had extra ultrasounds to check on her. When she was born she was the bigger of the two and still is. She has no other health issues, and they don't suspect she will.

Kim - posted on 05/30/2011

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Angie my little one is about a half inch and maybe 2-3 lbs smaller than his brother. The doctors didn't have me do anything special, I found out at my level 2 ultrasound at about 22 weeks or so. I guess he will always be smaller, but they are identical, but because he is a little smaller people always ask. Mine were 6lbs 8oz and 5lbs 10oz. So their weight wasn't very different at birth, but the bigger one just seems to be looking a lot older than his brother as they get older.

Angie - posted on 05/30/2011

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My Baby B was the same way. She was always growing about 3-4 days slower than her sister and at about 30 weeks my dr noticed the single artery. I was told to be on sitting/bedrest and on my side. I was also told to spend about an hour in the water. My dr said it helps with circulation. I ended up being induced at 35 weeks and 5 days because my dr felt Baby B was not getting enough nutrients from that single artery. Everything was fine with delivery and no NICU stay. My Baby B was 4 pounds and Baby A was 5 pounds. The are now 20 months and my Baby B is a little peanut. She weighs about 2-3 pounds less than my Baby A and is about 2-3 inches smaller. I dont worry about it as we did IVF and they were two different embroyos so two different people.

Kim - posted on 05/27/2011

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I haven't noticed any developmental differences in my boys. There was only a one pound difference at birth, but as they are getting older the difference is getting larger. The bigger one is about 3lbs bigger than the other at 17 months. They both have their strengths and weaknesses, but I can't say either one is more developed than the other. I guess I'll just have to wait and see.

Mindy - posted on 05/27/2011

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My id twin boys had ttts and the donor also had a weird umbilical cord where he wasn't receiving enough nutrition. They were born with an almost a 2 lb. difference. They are now 3 and there is a 7 lb. difference now. They look like they are about a year different merely because of their size. I wonder the same thing, if my small guy will always be that much smaller than his brother. My smaller guy has had a few problems since birth, but don't know if that from the lack of nutrients in the womb or from being preemie or what. But he has definitely learned and developed physically slower than his brother who was also preemie (obviously.)

Charlene - posted on 05/27/2011

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my boys differ 10 centimeter in length and differed 900 grams at birth. They are 4 years old now and still differ 10cm and now almost 2 kilograms in weight. They look like a 3 and 4 year old...

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