You already know that banking your baby’s umbilical cord blood could one day help your child or a close blood relative. As you’re thinking about saving your baby’s cord blood, consider maximizing this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to protect your child’s healthy future by collecting placenta stem cells as well.
Here’s what you need to know about the placenta and how you can collect and preserve even more potentially life-saving stem cells when your baby is born.
An Autism Treatment Within Reach
Can you picture a world where autism is treatable? We may be closer to that than you think! A team of researchers is working to uncover how umbilical cord blood may improve the symptoms of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).1,2 Autism research today, using banked umbilical cord blood as the source for stem cells and other components that promote repair in the body, is shedding light on this potentially powerful treatment option.
Nothing is more valuable or worth investing in than your family’s health. But how do you know if banking cord blood or placental blood stem cells is really worth it?
It’s important to think of storing stem cells as an investment, much like investing for your child’s financial future or education. It’s there for you and your family if you ever need it for future health needs.
As a parent considering stem cell banking knowing the options available to you in order to make an educated and informed choice is essential. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) has recently introduced new recommendations around delayed cord clamping. Below is additional information on the importance of cord blood banking and what specifically delayed cord clamping is.
Newborns sleep a lot – up to 18 hours a day – so creating a safe sleep environment is important. Taking a few moments to educate yourself about crib safety will help ensure that both you and your baby get a good, safe night’s sleep.
Sticking to a regular exercise regimen throughout your pregnancy can help you stay happy and healthy. It can also improve your posture, relieve stress and decrease common symptoms of pregnancy, such as backache, constipation and fatigue. Looking ahead, maintaining your physical activity may help you build up the stamina you will need for labor and make it easier to lose the baby weight after birth.
Note: This information is for general, educational purposes only, and does not replace the advice of a health care professional.
Please note: The following article provides general guidelines on a healthy pregnancy diet. All pregnant women should check with their healthcare provider regarding appropriate dietary needs and supplements for their individual pregnancy.
Maintaining a healthy diet during pregnancy is important for both you and your baby:
As you’re preparing for your baby’s arrival, you’ve probably been tempted by tons of too-cute clothes, toys and other baby stuff. Before you go on that shopping spree, check out these tips for choosing the baby gear you will actually need and use:
Keeping your baby safe is a top priority. Child-proofing your home is an essential part of creating a safe haven for your baby, especially when your baby starts crawling and cruising around the house.
Here are some tips on baby-proofing your home as your baby’s mobility and curiosity grow: