Mom shares a photo of her baby’s umbilical cord to raise awareness about a life-threatening condition in pregnancy Mom shares a photo of her baby’s umbilical cord to raise awareness about a life-threatening condition in pregnancy
This young mom posted a photo of her baby’s umbilical cord on social media to highlight a condition, known as a “true knot,” which... Mom shares a photo of her baby’s umbilical cord to raise awareness about a life-threatening condition in pregnancy

This young mom posted a photo of her baby’s umbilical cord on social media to highlight a condition, known as a “true knot,” which can be life-threatening for a fetus. 

Rebecca Meldrum, 28, from Aberdeen went ahead and posted a photo of her newborn baby’s umbilical cord knot on her Instagram profile. The photo garnered plenty of social-media attention.

A knot in an umbilical cord hinders the proper transfer of nutrients and oxygen from the placenta into the baby’s body. Knots are mostly formed when a baby flips in the womb and thereby entangles itself in the umbilical cord.

Depending on how tight the knot is, the baby may even suffer from permanent brain injury. In the worst-case scenario, it can lead to death. Knots can go undetected during pregnancy. True knots are rare, and the incidence is only 1 in every 2,000 deliveries.

Dr. Patrick O’Brien, spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) told MailOnline: “The umbilical cord carries oxygen and nutrients from the placenta into the baby’s bloodstream. If the umbilical cord becomes tightly knotted, there will be a reduction in the flow of blood, depriving the baby of oxygen which can lead to permanent brain injury. A problem with the umbilical cord could also cause the baby to be stillborn.”

Meldrum delivered via cesarean section as there were concerns about the baby’s slow growth. Fortunately, the procedure was smooth and the baby was safe, weighing around 5 pounds (approx. 2 kg).

The baby was quickly transferred to the Aberdeen hospital’s neonatal care unit.

Her entire pregnancy journey vlog was documented on the channelmum website, where, according to Mirror, she had attracted more than 26,000 followers who remained updated with every development.

Already a mom to two little girls, she aimed to share her “unplugged” experience in order to inspire other women who have had difficult pregnancies and deliveries.

Rebecca wrote about her pregnancy: “I can honestly say I have never ever been through emotions like I have been through these last few days & I’m sure will continue to go through until we are all home together. I’ve cried in a way I’ve never heard myself cry before, loud, ugly & almost primal need for my baby to be with me.”

Poppy, her newborn, arrived home hale and hearty on Aug. 15.

 

Obinna Onyia

  • Brooklyn

    2017-08-31 #1 Author

    I’m so happy you baby is home safely (:

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  • Lea

    2017-08-31 #2 Author

    God is good all the time 😍😘 such a cutie pie

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  • Loretta

    2017-08-31 #3 Author

    Soon touching…. Thanks BAB for making us aware

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  • Z

    2017-08-31 #4 Author

    Love it!! Share

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  • Shanquie

    2017-08-31 #5 Author

    God is really good 🙌🏽 Glad the baby is okay

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  • Manilyn Carmona

    2017-09-01 #6 Author

    Thank God the baby is safe. #happy

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  • Kharla Fulgencio

    2017-09-01 #7 Author

    God is good all the time! Glad the baby is ok. God bless! ❤️

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  • Alejandro

    2017-09-01 #8 Author

    Awe, blessings

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  • Judy Spencer

    2017-09-01 #9 Author

    Love it. Beautiful story ❤️ ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  • Criselda

    2017-09-01 #10 Author

    God is good all the time☝😍

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  • Crishae

    2017-09-01 #11 Author

    Thank Jesus They Were Able To Go Home Safe And Sound .

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  • Marquita moffett

    2017-09-01 #12 Author

    God is good such a beautiful family

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