The umbilical cords are truly the cords of life as they connect your baby to their life source. This cord helps your body provide all the necessary nutrients to your baby. Here are interesting facts about the umbilical cord that will surprise you. Stay tuned!
The Umbilical Cord Comes From Your Baby
When the egg is fertilized, it is divided into two parts: one develops into an embryo, the other forms the placenta. Over time, the cells in your embryo grow, forming yolk sac. The yolk sac is an organ that takes the role of nourishing your baby in early pregnancy. The placenta appears and takes this role a few weeks later. After that, the umbilical cord will be developed from the yolk sac and cyst. The cord is round, smooth, soft, and is a link between the fetal abdomen and the mother’s placenta. It has 2 ends. One end will attach to the placenta which is attached to the uterine wall. The other end of the umbilical cord will connect to the fetus by a small hole in their abdomen. This small hole later will be your baby’s navel.
The Umbilical Cords Are Often Twisted
The umbilical cord usually rolls into the shape of spring when it’s developing. Reports show that only 5% of the umbilical cords were not coiled.
They Have Various Lengths
The average length of the umbilical cord in term infants is between 50 and 60cm but can range from 19 to 133cm. They are often 1-2 cm in diameter. The cords tend to be longer with more active babies, particularly in the second trimester.
Your Baby May Be Wrapped By The Umbilical Cord
Reports show that 10-30% of babies are born with the cord wrapped around their necks and/or bodies. This condition is also known as Nuchal cords. It may sound dangerous but it is normally not a problem for your baby ‘s health. The cord is full of jelly – Wharton’s jelly in particular. This jelly will surround the blood vessels within the cord as well as protect inner veins and arteries from being crushed or wrinkled. It will keep the cord pliable and ensures blood, oxygen, and nutrient flow to your baby can continue to happen.
If there is a problem, it is not caused by the nuchal cord as you may think, but because the oxygen supplied to the baby is blocked. This problem is quickly determined when doctors monitor the baby’s heart rate during labor. The longer the cords, the more chance that your baby will be wrapped
Cutting The Cords Won’t Hurt Your Baby
The umbilical cord has no nerve in it, so cutting it won’t hurt both you and your baby. However, it may be strange for people who cut the umbilical cords. In the birth rooms, Peoplecutting the cords cutting calamari.
Your Baby’s Lifeline
Like a deep-sea diver, your baby needs a complete oxygen supply from outside sources when they are still in the womb. The umbilical cord contains a vein filled with oxygen-rich blood to your baby and two arteries returning deoxygenated blood and waste products.
You Can Donate The Umbilical Cord
The umbilical cord contains stem cells, which can be used for different medical treatments. Therefore cord blood and tissue banking is an option nowadays. The blood and tissue are taken from the cord directly after it’s been clamped and cut. Later on, the stem cells will be stored for potential future use. To donate your umbilical cord, you will have to fill a form before the labor starts.
There you go, now you have the interesting facts about the umbilical cord. Do you have any questions about these cords? Let us know in the comments!