Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Stages of Pregnancy

Stages of a Pregnancy Leading to Labor and Delivery
There are many medical decisions to make during every stage of pregnancy leading up to labor and delivery. Regular OB/GYN checkups, proper nutrition, and a commitment to health in each stage of pregnancy are key to helping ensure a healthy labor and delivery when the time comes. Choosing to bank your baby’s cord blood is one decision that can help ensure a healthy future for your family long after delivery.

July is Cord Blood Awareness Month

Each day, more than 6,000 Americans with life-threatening diseases scour stem cell registries, looking for a match. Whereas, 20 years ago, this meant finding a willing bone marrow donor, cord blood stem cells have been playing an increasing role in filling this important medical need. Today, cord blood is being used to treat many blood and immune diseases and is being studied in clinical trials as a therapy for conditions like traumatic brain injury and hearing loss.

This July, in honor of Cord Blood Awareness Month, CBR is encouraging expecting parents to make an educated decision about saving their babies’ newborn stem cells.

Every mother deserves the chance to become educated.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Congratulations to Mommy Tales: Belly Edition

The winner of our Pregnancy Blog contest is Mommy Tales: Belly Edition!! Mommy Tales: Belly Edition has won a $500 American Express gift card courtesty of our sponsor, Cord Blood Registry.

Thank you for all your submissions and votes - we really enjoyed hosting this contest for our readers, and seeing all of your lovely recommendations!!

Monday, July 02, 2012

Featured Babies of the Week

Every week we feature the best baby photos sent to us through our Babies of the Week contest. We receive photos from parents from all over the world. Here are a few of our favorites:

Arlo Axsel was born on March 17th, 2011. He's almost six months old in this picture. Mom says, "He is the sweetest little boy. The other day my husband and I joked that if he was our firstborn, we would want 8 kids, because he is just so amazing."

Emmanuel was born on May 25th, 2011. Mom says, "His cutee chubby cheeks and sweet little smile will make anyones day a joyful day! His dimples make him such a handsome little munchkin."

Adrienne "Addy" Rose was born on September 27th, 2010. Mom says, "She is special because she is ALWAYS happy and smiling. You never know when she’s sick."

Ja'diel Manuel was born on January 17th, 2011. He weighed 6lb, 6oz and measured 19 inches long. Dad says, "Ja'diel is special in so many ways he does little things to keep me laughing. He will do funny little faces and looks like a old man at times he also goes back and forth with me like if i go "um" he will do it right back and it will just keep going."

Swamin was born on May 2nd, 2011. Mom loves his chubby cheeks and small eyes.

Thanks to all the parents who sent us their pictures. You can see the rest of the featured photos on the front page of BabyWeekly. To enter your baby picture for the Baby of the Week contest, please click here. Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, it may take many months before your baby's photo is featured.

Giuliana and Bill Rancic Celebrate Their Baby Shower

E!News anchor, Giuliana Rancic, and her husband Bill are giving us a sneak peek into their baby shower! After sharing their fertility struggles with the world on their reality show, Giuliana and Bill, they revealed that they are expecting their first child via a surrogate later this year.

At the celebrity couple's baby shower the gender of their newest addition was revealed - it's a boy! They also shared their decision to bank the baby's cord blood. Giuliana says:

"Cord blood banking with CBR is the best baby shower gift because Bill and I, just like any parent to be, want a healthy future for our family.  Many people have a family history of diseases that can be treated with stem cells.  We want other pregnant women out there to get educated on the importance of banking at cordblood.com. It is so important!"

80-100 friends and family members joined in the celebration at the couple's house.

Do you plan to bank your baby's cord blood?

Top Trends in Baby Gifts! Why Giuliana and Bill Rancic Registered for Cord Blood Registry? [HollywoodHotMoms]

Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday Wrap-up: Parenting and Pregnancy News

Never again Grace [YouTube]

Mother captures 2-year-old son's life by drawing a picture of him every day [Dailymail]

Anna Paquin is expecting twins: are you surprised? [Celebitchy]

CDC Panel: Child Under 9 Needs Two Flu Vaccines Doses [FamilyPracticeNews]

Dads' First Photos With Their Babies [HuffPo]

Overtime Work in Pregnancy May Affect Baby's Size [WebMD]

Louis C.K.'s Guide to Parenting [UPROXX]

Dixie Chick Emily Robinson is Expecting!

The Dixie Chick's Emily Robison (39) is expecting her fourth child! A rep told People, "She's excited!" and that the baby is due in September. Robison is already mom to twins, Juliana Tex and Henry Benjamin (7), and a son, Charlie (9). The newest addition is her first child with boyfriend Martin Strayer.

Robinson's fellow bandmates are also mothers - Natalie Maines is a mother of two and Martie Maguire has three children.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Do you listen to the Dixie Chicks? 

Emily Robison Expecting Fourth Child [People]

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Leukorrhea during Pregnancy

Leukorrhea, more commonly known as vaginal discharge, is quite common during pregnancy. Leukorrhea is a milky discharge with a mild odor or no odor at all. It is the vagina’s way of flushing out bacteria to protect the fetus. It is often seen before pregnancy, but shows up increasingly during pregnancy due to elevated levels of estrogen and blood flow. Leukorrhea is primarily composed of old cells and natural bacteria flora.

Later in pregnancy, you might see a different kind of leukorrhea - it will resemble egg whites. As the cervix thins, it begins to expel the mucous plug that acts as a protective barrier for the baby. This mucous might come out in one mass and could have a tiny bit of blood in it. It will have a jelly-like consistency. If blood is present, it usually means labor is apt to happen in the next 24 hours. Leukorrhea can act as a barometer of fertility and health for a reproductive woman, particularly during pregnancy.

In any of the following cases, contact your health professional for treatment:
  • If there is spotting or bleeding.
  • If you see large amounts of fluid - it can often be hard to distinguish between normal vaginal discharge or amniotic fluid. If there is any question, you should contact your caregiver.
  • If you notice a sudden increase in fluid before you have reached 37 weeks, it could be a sign of preterm labor. Fluid, mucous, blood and blood-tinged secretions all could indicate preterm labor.
  • If the mucous has a pungent odor or is accompanied by itching, burning, or inflammation then it could mean you have a yeast infection (or candidiasis). Pregnancy increases the risk of yeast infections. Yeast infections are not a danger to the fetus but you should be treated right away. Giving birth with a yeast infection could give the infant thrush, an infection of the mouth that is easily treated. Anti-fungal medication is the generally prescribed remedy.
  • If the discharge begins to smell or changes colors it might mean you have another type of infection. Yellow, green or gray discharge indicates an infection and could be a sign of an STD. Some STD's can cause preterm labor and uterine infections. If they aren’t treated, they can lead to stillbirth, low birth weight, brain damage, blindness and deafness. Bacteria Vaginosis is a common infection that causes the discharge to become fishy-smelling and urination becomes irritating - the condition is easily treated with antibiotics. Untreated, however, it can lead to a premature or low birth weight baby.
  • If you have pain during urination or sex, you might have a urinary tract infection and will require treatment. Recurrent UTI’s can be prevented by drinking pure cranberry juice. 
To ward off many types of infections: avoid douching, bubble baths or using anything scented near the vagina. Wear cotton underwear and avoid tight-fitting clothes. Wipe from front to back and keep the area clean and dry.

Increased vaginal discharge is one of a handful of unpleasant symptoms that come with pregnancy. It's important to be aware of any changes that occur so you can head off any infections before they become serious. Always contact a medical professional if you suspect an infection has developed during your pregnancy, do not try to treat it yourself.

Vaginal discharge during pregnancy [BabyCenter]
Vaginal Discharge [UniversityofIllinois]
Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy [AmericanPregnancy]

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Jason Lee Welcomes His Third Child!

Actor Jason Lee (42) welcomed his third child to the world! Sonny Lee was born on June 16th in Los Angeles, weighing 7 lbs 6oz. He joins big sisters Pilot (8) and Casper (3). He is the second child for Lee and his wife Ceren.

The couple were married in July 2008. Lee recently guest-starred on the parenting comedy Up All Night.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

What do you think of the name Sonny?

Jason Lee Welcomes Son Sonny [People]

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Chad Lowe Expecting Second Child

Chad Lowe (44) is expecting his second child with his wife Kim. A rep revealed to People that they're expecting in the fall. The newest addition will join big sister Mabel (3).

The couple were married in 2010 in Los Angeles. Lowe says of his wife, "Kim is extraordinary. I can’t believe my good fortune to have a partner that is as committed, loving, tolerant and present as she is. She is the best mom I could ever imagine."

Congratulations the happy couple!

Baby No. 2 On the Way for Chad Lowe [People]

Monday, June 25, 2012

Final Vote for the Best Pregnancy Blog!

We've completed the first round of voting for the best pregnancy blog on the web, now, we're down to the final eight contestants. The winning blogger will receive a $500 Amex card, provided by Cord Blood Registry. Please help us choose a winner:

1. For the Love of Football, Food and Motherhood: http://footballfoodandmotherhood.com/
2. Cory and Stephanie Barnhart: http://coloradobarnharts.blogspot.com/
3. Mommy Tales: belly edition: http://baby.natashacarmichael.com/
4. Just Relax and It Will Happenhttp://justrelaxanditwillhappen.blogspot.com/
5. pregnant chicken: http://www.pregnantchicken.com/
6. Knocked up: http://pnmag.com/pregnancy-blogs/knocked-up
7. Tracking LB (Little Boy)!: http://trackinglb.blogspot.com/
8. The Late Stork: http://www.thelatestork.com/

Featured Babies of the Week

Every week we feature the best baby photos sent to us through our Babies of the Week contest. We receive photos from parents from all over the world. Here are a few of our favorites:

Jeremiah James was born on September 21, 2011, he weighed 6 lbs 9oz and measured 19 inches long. Mom says, "what makes him special is his blue eyes and all his crazy hair."

Sofie Grace was born on June 30th, 2011. Mom says, "She was very stubborn from the get go! Was a week late and was born face up! No matter how much the dr tried to turn her around she decided she was going to do this her way! From day one she's been her own person and had a big personality! And she's always ready to take her picture! Absolutely loves the camera!"

Jett was born on November 19th, 2010. Mom says, "Jett is a very active and happy baby. He loves music, dancing and he brightens our days with his big smile!"

 Tessa was born on April 27th, 2011. Mom says, "She is almost 8 month and loves to laugh, play and talk to her self."

Actane Warren Eugene was born on April 21st, 2011. Mom says, "√Ąctane is a very happy baby, always smiling and giggling. He cracks up when people cough and makes a sour face for every new food he trys. He is as chubby as he can be and has awesome blue eyes. He is by far the coolest baby I know."

Thanks to all the parents who sent us their pictures. You can see the rest of the featured photos on the front page of BabyWeekly. To enter your baby picture for the Baby of the Week contest, please click here. Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, it may take many months before your baby's photo is featured.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday Wrap-up: Parenting and Pregnancy News

32 and Pregnant [YouTube]

The ten most unusual pregnancy cravings [DailyMail]

The Gay Parents Study [Slate]

We've Sanitized Our Children Into a Bunch of Itchy, Allergic Messes [Jezebel]

Summer Baby Names for Your Beach Babe [FitPregnancy]

Jemima Kirke Expecting Second Child [People]

David Walton and Majandra Delfino Welcome Daughter Cecilia Delphine [People]

Jessica Capshaw Welcomes Daughter Poppy James [People]

UBC study shows young kids aren't so selfish after all [VancouverSun]

Facts About the Fetal Heartbeat

Hearing the baby's heart beat for the first time is often the first bonding experience for many parents. The sound of the "galloping" heart of your family's newest addition forming inside of the new mother can be enough to put many parents to tears. For doctors, monitoring the fetal heart is one of the easiest ways to determine the health of your unborn baby and there is no known risk to listening.

The embryonic heart starts beating 22 days after conception, during the fifth week of pregnancy. It is too small to hear at this early stage but sometimes can be viewed as a flicker on an ultrasound as early as four weeks. If the doctor can’t see a heartbeat, it could just mean that the dating of the pregnancy is incorrect and he might suggest you come back at a later date. At 9-10 weeks you might be able to hear the heartbeat using Doppler but it depends on your weight, the position of your uterus and the instrument. By week 12-14, you should be able to hear it consistently with Doppler.

The technician will assess the fetal heartbeat, sometimes referred to as fetal heart tones, by counting how many beats are in a minute. They might listen for a full minute, for 15 seconds and then multiply by four, or just be attuned enough to listen for a normal rate. Some instruments are already equipped to provide a reading so that the technician doesn’t need to count. It’s not uncommon for the Doppler to pick up the mother’s heart beat instead of the fetus. A medical professional might check the mother’s heartbeat to see if it matches what they are hearing. The mother’s heartbeat should be under 100 bpm (beats per minute) but the baby’s will be between 120-180 bpm. The fetal heart typically starts beating at 80-85 bpm, then spikes up to180 bpm and then gradually slows to 120-160 bpm by 12 weeks gestation. It typically slows again before birth to a range of 120-140 bpm.  Some fetal heartbeats past term might drop to 110 bpm. The male and female heartbeats exhibit no differences, contrary to the popular myth.

When listening to the heartbeat using a Doppler ultrasound fetal heartbeat detector, it won’t be the actual heartbeat that you are hearing. What you hear is an amplified “beat frequency”; that is the interaction between the response and the frequency used by the Doppler. As the outgoing frequency (sent by the Doppler) runs into the physical movements of the heart, the closer the heart is, the higher the frequency is and the further the heart is the lower. The beating heart thus creates an alternating frequency that creates the sound of the heart beat. A quiet or loud heartbeat is not an indicator of abnormalities; it just depends on the distance between the fetus and the instrument.

Twin heartbeats can be hard to distinguish. Placing the instrument at two different places over the uterus can usually allow a technician to hear the two different beats; however an ultrasound might be required to be sure. 

Once you reach 20 weeks, Doppler is no longer necessary to hear the heartbeat. A fetoscope can be placed on the uterus - much like a stethoscope is used to hear the heart at a routine doctor’s appointment. It might be hard to hear though if you are overweight or if the placenta lies in the way. Sometimes a fetoscope can be used to hear the heartbeat as early as 16 weeks. As the pregnancy progresses, it will be easier to hear using this instrument.

Some parents purchase Doppler to use in the home. If you decide to purchase one of these, be aware that the heartbeat can often be hard to find, or picking up the mother’s heartbeat is not uncommon. In other words, if you don’t find the heartbeat right away, it is not a cause for panic.

The fetal heartbeat may react to chronic anxiety of the mother and other heart rate changes in the mother. A wide-range study revealed that hearing the voices of strangers can decelerate the heart rate and hearing the mother’s voice can accelerate it. If the fetal heart rate does not change, is too low or too high (outside a range of 110-180 bpm) it could indicate a problem. When giving birth, the fetal heart rate will respond to the contractions with a pattern. Deviance from this established pattern could indicate a problem as well. However, fetal heart beat changes do not always indicate a problem. About 14% of normal babies have irregular heartbeats (a skipped beat or extra beat) during their time in the womb and there is only a 1-2% chance of finding something wrong, according to a Yale University study. If fetal heart rate variances present themselves during labor you may be asked to change positions, take medication to relax the uterus, be given an IV or oxygen through a mask.

Listening to a baby’s heart beat can be a heart-warming experience. Conversely, when problems present themselves it can be difficult to not panic. Hopefully, fueled with the knowledge of how the fetal heartbeat develops and knowing how rare the incidence of problems due to fetal heart rate abnormalities are, you will be prepared for whatever a Doppler or fetoscope reveals and be able to enjoy it as the miraculous sound of life that it is. 

Have you heard the heartbeat yet?

 Fetal Heart Rate [i-am-pregnant]
Fetal Heart Beat [brooksidepress]

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Cord Blood Bank Turns Twenty

Cord Blood Registry is one of the most trusted cord blood banks in the world and this week marks their twentieth anniversary! That's 20 years of advancing medical research, 20 years of helping those who needed stem cell treatments the most and 20 years of educating the general public about the life-saving qualities of umbilical cord blood. This infographic the company created perfectly depicts two decades of keeping the vision of stem cell treatments derived from cord blood at the forefront of scientific advancements:

How long have you known about cord blood banking?