Nervous after appointment

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Registered: 10-20-2007
Nervous after appointment
Wed, 11-24-2010 - 5:43pm

I thought I was over the PAL brain, but it turns out I'm not.

I just had my 36 1/2 week appointment today. I had a NST which I passed with flying colors. However, they also did an u/s. The amniotic fluid and placenta look great, but I got some worrysome news. (However, the OB isn't freaking out like I am).

It turns out baby girl has a nuchal cord.. ie: a cord wrapped around her neck. And the kicker is that she is in a transverse position... which means if she doesn't move, it's C-section for me. Of course, I want what is best for her.. but I am still nervous about a section, as I had a natural unmedicated birth with DD. Mostly though I am petrified about the cord around the neck. I KNOW she's ok, so the PAL part of my brain just wants her out now.

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Registered: 05-13-2007
Wed, 11-24-2010 - 6:09pm

Cindy (((((HUGS))))) I am sure if you research you will find that babies are often born with the cord around their nick and it seldom causes any problems at all. On second thought don't google that google is evil LOL. I know for sure the cord was around the nick with two of my boys I never know about it till delivery thought both were perfectly healthy. I do not know with the other three because hubby was at the up by my head and not looking he the one that told me the cord was around with those two. I hope she move and you do not have to have a C/S but I am sure you will agree it will be worth it for a healthy baby. BTW my middle son was but first at 34 weeks he moved head down at 36 weeks just days before they were going to do a manual version to turn him around. Again ((((HUGS))))

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Registered: 05-13-2007
Wed, 11-24-2010 - 6:13pm

Oh I wanted to add Vinny was born less than a week later. One day shy of 37 weeks weighing a whopping 9lbs even. So yes his it amazing (and a bit painful) he was about to wiggle enough to move on his own but he did.

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Registered: 01-07-2010
Wed, 11-24-2010 - 6:40pm

This did come up on the December board recently.

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Registered: 02-19-2007
Wed, 11-24-2010 - 7:48pm


I was just thinking about this after watching a Little Couple episode. Its good to know your Dr isnt worried, but Im with you. Id be freaking out. I know its very common though.

I guess just keep an eye on the kicks

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Registered: 07-11-2009
Wed, 11-24-2010 - 9:09pm
So sorry to hear about the added worry. I'd be crawling out of my skin if it were me, so I can't imagine what you are feeling right now.

Are you having weekly NST's, so that will at least help with the nerves?

Like other pps have said it's pretty common to have a nuchal cord and by the number of baby shows that I have seen where they are unwrapping the cords from the neck, I would say you have a pretty good chance of things being okay.

Keep up the kick counting and take care of yourself.

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Thu, 11-25-2010 - 4:05am

Hi again, Cindy.

I am sorry that the last appointment brought worry for you. Ah, this is crazy. I would also be going mad with worry. I have no experience with this but I was just re-reading the birth stories in Ina May´s Guide to Childbirth. Those talk about babies born healthy and happy with the cord around the neck and successful natural birth after transverse position. Hopefully those would be inspiring for you and keep you calmer until things clear out. And of course in the end induction/C-section/natural..what matters is that you and the baby leave the hospital healthy.

Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Registered: 02-26-2010
Thu, 11-25-2010 - 9:40am

Hi Cindy,

Like pps said, it is not uncommon, and it IS crazy when a doctor tells us "not to worry" if our PAL brains will allow us not to do that!


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