Umbilical Cord Attached to Side of Placenta (Battledore Placenta)

Updated on December 09, 2012
K.B. asks from Fremont, CA
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I went in for my 29 week us with my perinatologist and learned that the umbilical cord is attached to the far right lower side of the placenta instead of the center a.k.a Battledore Placenta. He said it may have been the beginning of placenta previa that later corrected itself, but also suggests that it would best to deliver 4 weeks early because if my water breaks i wont have enough time to get to the hospital for an emergency c section and in not doing so will cause the cord to bleed excessively which will cause the baby to not make it. So far the baby is getting the proper nutrients and growing well, in fact he's measuring 3 weeks ahead of my due date, so thanks to my the Lord for that! Thanks in advance for any feedback :)

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So What Happened?

On my 32nd week follow up appt the pernatologist scheduled me for a c section on Jan 22nd which is my deceased fathers bday. All else is in the hands of the Lord :) Thanks for all your support & comments

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answers from Chicago on

I think Dawn had some good advice on seeing a high risk OB at this point. I would definitely do that. If the high risk OB also recommends the early delivery, I would do it. Even if it means the baby will have to be in the NICU for awhile.

Best wishes!

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answers from Miami on

I don't have any experience in this, Mom, and saw that no one has written in to your post. I just want to say that I'm thinking of you and hoping that all goes well. I think perhaps you might want an additional opinion from an OB who specializes in at risk deliveries. Your doctor should not be upset that you would ask that. You could say to him that sometimes two heads are better than one and you would like to have an additional opinion.


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answers from San Francisco on

I have the same issue going on and I'm 26 weeks. I'm seeing a perinatologist in SF and starting to get monitored every week with non-stress tests. My baby is just average sized so we are little bit more concerned. If they give me the option to deliver earlier, I will take it. Delivering after 35 weeks probably means the baby will go home with you. I also think the suggestion of probably staying in te hospital is interesting but since I have 2 other little kids it might be harder.
Good luck and let me know if you want the name of my perinatologist.

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answers from Norfolk on

I think it's called placenta battledore or marginal cord insertion.
From what I can find, it's important to monitor the situation but often everything turns out alright.
It's a good sign that your baby is a good size.

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answers from New York on

I would ask doc for name of perinatologist or high risk OB. I would do whatever is necessary to have a healthy baby. If it means being in hospital for a couple weeks, just do it and enjoy the quiet time because once that little one comes, quiet will no longer exist. Modern medicine is great and I am sure the outcome will be a great one. Congratulations.

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answers from Portland on

This might not be an option, but can you ask to stay in the hospital for at least a couple of weeks to allow your baby to get some extra development time? I know it might not be an option cost-wise, but might be worth asking. If not it sounds like an early delivery might be okay since your little one is ahead of schedule and measuring well. I wish you and your baby the best. :)

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