Being pregnant can be an exciting and an emotional time. There is so much to know! Then there is the unsolicited advise plus preparing for the new bundle of joy as they make their way into this world. I have learned new things with each pregnancy but honestly it can be overwhelming. So how can women be prepared for this new journey?
First and foremost take care yourself. Making sure you get enough sleep, eating a proper diet, taking prenatal vitamins, drinking enough water and exercise. All of this while trying not to gain unhealthy pounds.
Prenatal care is essential. Not only will your OBGYN be taking care of your needs but your baby’s needs as well during the pregnancy.
Prepare which, covers taking care of what the baby will need once born. As a new mom what you will need such as nursing clothes, as well as gaining knowledge of your options such as breastfeeding versus formula, cord blood banking, cloth diapering verses disposable and so on.
Seven years ago when my husband and I were pregnant with our daughter we heard about cord blood banking for the first time . My OBGYN had handed us some information to read on the subject which we read and discussed. We decided to read more about it and in the end we made the decision to have Viacord collect and store our baby’s cord blood.
If you are not familiar with the cord blood banking process, it’s really simple. ViaCord collects the remaining blood from the newborn’s umbilical cord which contains young stem cells that have the power to help heal such as serious diseases. Cord blood banking has been used in the treatment of nearly 80 diseases, including certain cancers and genetic diseases as well as blood disorders. Watch ViaCord’s quick Cord Blood 101 to see how it works.
My husband and I did not know what to expect during the whole process but we found from the beginning and till now the process very easy. I was afraid that collecting the umbilical cord blood would hurt the baby but it did not. It was a safe and a painless procedure that did not disrupt myself or my baby. After my c-section was preformed my doctor collected the blood which ViaCord picked up within a few hours after the baby was born. Then the cord blood was shipped and stored for that “just in case” for my baby.
The stats speak for themselves. Over the past 2 years ~ 120 ViaCord children have used their own banked cord blood stem cells for medical treatments and clinical trials. Thankfully over the past 6 years we have been fortunate not to have to use her cord blood cells but knowing that they are available at any time gives my husband and I peace of mind.
We are currently pregnant with our 6th baby and we plan on using cord blood for this baby as well. My husband and I feel that our full experience with ViaCord is definitely worth repeating.
What about you, have you considered having your baby’s cord blood cells collected and stored?