During pregnancy, the umbilical cord is the lifeline of the baby. This tube-like structure transports oxygen and nutrients to the fetus via the mother’s placenta as well as removes waste from fetal circulation.
The umbilical begins to form at around the 4th week of pregnancy and typically measures around 1 inch in diameter and 20 inches long.
During delivery, the umbilical cord must be properly positioned or the baby may be at risk of complications or even death. One common issue is umbilical cord compression in which blood and oxygen flow to the baby is restricted.
Sometimes, this complication is