Marginal Insertion of Umbilical Cord and Your Right to Compensation
The placenta’s center is where the umbilical cord is meant to insert and attach normally (central cord insertion or normal cord insertion). When the umbilical cord attaches to the placenta on its side rather than in the center of the placental mass, this is known as a marginal umbilical cord insertion. Marginal cord insertions happen in about 9 out of 100 pregnancies.
Although it isn’t usually linked to birth defects, it can occasionally cause pregnancy-related issues, including limited fetal growth or an increased risk of specific ailments like placental abruption or fetal distress during childbirth.
For specific information and advice on any issues throughout pregnancy, it is best to speak with a healthcare professional. Seeking a doctor’s guidance can help avoid a birth injury.
Signs and Symptoms of Marginal Cord Insertion
Diagnosis of Marginal Umbilical Cord Insertion
Most anomalous cord insertions are found in the second trimester of pregnancy, which spans weeks 14 through 27. A healthcare professional may still have trouble determining the exact location of the umbilical cord’s attachment to the placenta.
A healthcare provider may use a Doppler tool during an ultrasound to see how blood flows between the placenta and the fetus. This information may be useful when attempting to locate the placental cord insertion site.
A pregnant woman with marginal cord insertion will not experience any symptoms. It can only be identified through a routine prenatal scan during the pregnancy.
However, some symptoms may arise. These are: