Q&A: Is It Safe to Raise My Arms Above My Head While Pregnant?

Is it true my baby's umbilical cord will get wrapped around his neck if I raise my arms above my head?
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Updated March 2, 2017
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We can’t believe this myth has survived all these years, but clearly it’s still going strong.
So let’s set the record straight:The truth is, your movements have absolutely no effect on the umbilical cord. It’s pretty common for the cord to be around baby’s neck when baby is born, and it’s not necessarily anything to worry about.
In fact, your OB will be able to unwrap it from baby’s neck in just a few maneuvers, if need be, so it’s definitely not the life-threatening situation it’s been made out to be.

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