As a placenta encapsulator I get to see lots of unique placentas and umbilical cords from women around Adelaide. One feature that often pops up is false knots in the umbilical cord.
What is a false knot in an umbilical cord?
A false knot (or pseudoknot) is a very common variation in umbilical cords caused by extra looping of the blood vessels inside the whartons jelly. False knots do not have any clinical significance and can range from very small to several centimetres. The video below shows one example of a larger false knot. Drying out the cord enables you to see the blood vessels inside the whartons jelly quite well.
What's the difference between a true knot and a false knot?
What was your experience?
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You can learn more about the medical side of cord knots here on Medscape
Kelly Harper has been providing professional placenta encapsulation services for families around Adelaide and South Australia since 2012. As the Founder of Placenta Services Australia she has a strong interest in placenta encapsulation safety and research.
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Kelly Harper is the owner of Elemental Beginnings Doula & Placenta Services in Adelaide. She provides placenta encapsulation and doula services to families during pregnancy, birth and in their fourth trimester.