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Fused umbilical cord?

I'm 21 wks with b/g twins and in my first u/s they could only see one umbilical cord going into me. My second u/s confirmed that I did only have one umbilical cord going into me. They told me that the umbilical cords fused together. I have 2 placentas/sacs. Anyone ever hear of cords getting fused together? I haven't been able to find any information online and my next OB appt isn't till mid June.

Thanks so much :
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Re: Fused umbilical cord?

  • I don't really see how that is even possible if your babies are not in the same amniotic sac.  Very strange.  The umbilical cord attaches to the placenta, not you. I have heard of fused placentas in di/di twins, but that sounds like something different.  Are you seeing an MFM?  Hopefully they can give you some more information.
  • Well each of the babies have their own umbilical cord that attaches to them and then it turns into one and goes into me. It makes no sense to me at all.
    Sorry what does mfm stand for?
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    Well each of the babies have their own umbilical cord that attaches to them and then it turns into one and goes into me. It makes no sense to me at all. Sorry what does mfm stand for?

    Yes it doesn't make sense because their umbilical cords should not at all be in contact with one another if they are in separate sacs and have separate placentas.  MFM = maternal fetal medicine aka perinatologist which is a high risk OB.  Most twin moms see one throughout their pregnancy.  I would seek an opinion with one, if you haven't already. 

  • Yes I'm seeing a high risk OB. Thanks for your input. I'm still not sure what to think or if this is bad. I guess I'll just have to wait till I see my OB to know more.
    BabyFruit Ticker
  • I am on the same page as Mrs. Alice.  The cords shouldn't be in contact with one another since they are in separate sacs.  There should be a membrane separating the babies. 

    I am curious to know what your MFM says.  

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