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Umbilical Cord

The umbilical cord is the ropey structure that connects the fetus to the placenta in the mother's uterus. Blood vessels in the cord bring nourishment to the fetus and take away waste products.

The umbilical cord is formed in the fifth week of pregnancy.

When the baby is born, the umbilical cord is about 2 ft (0.6 m) long.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Last RevisedJanuary 10, 2013

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Last Updated: January 10, 2013
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