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  • Growth Curve

    Though often forgotten, the placenta has a huge role in baby’s health

    I am not the first person who has considered composing poetry to the placenta. One writer begins: “Oh Lady Placenta! What a life you lived in magenta.” Another almost coos to the “constant companion, womb pillow friend.” It might sound like odd inspiration for verse, but it’s entirely justified.

    This vital organ, which is fully formed by about 12 weeks, nurtures a growing fetus...

    04/24/2018 - 12:30 Pregnancy
  • Growth Curve

    Should you bank your baby’s umbilical cord blood? Here’s a guide for thinking through the issue.

    With the promise and pitfalls of umbilical cord blood samples in mind, how should parents decide whether to put their baby’s blood on ice, either for their own family’s future use or as a donation for the greater good? It’s a tricky calculation, one that changes based on a family’s risk threshold, dreams for the future and, of course, money.

    Instead of floundering about aimlessly, let’s...

    04/11/2018 - 07:00 Pregnancy, Health
  • Growth Curve

    When deciding whether to bank your baby’s umbilical cord blood, consider these caveats

    Umbilical cords tie mother and baby together, if only for a brief spell. But the stuff inside these cords has the potential to be useful well after birth. Cells in umbilical cord blood are already being used to treat certain diseases, including leukemia and rare forms of anemia. But for all the excitement about umbilical cord cells, in many ways, this research is still in its infancy.

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    04/04/2018 - 07:00 Pregnancy, Health
  • Growth Curve

    Umbilical cord banking gets a lot of buzz. Why all the excitement?

    When you’re pregnant, especially for the first time, you have to make a lot of decisions. Will coffee remain a part of your life? Where are you going to give birth? What are you going to name the baby? What values will you teach him? Do you really need a baby spa bathtub?

    Before my first daughter arrived, an instructor at a birth class threw me a curveball: Was I planning on banking my...

    03/28/2018 - 07:00 Pregnancy, Health
  • Growth Curve

    When it comes to baby’s growth, early pregnancy weight may matter more than later gains

    When you’re pregnant, you spend a lot of time on scales. Every doctor appointment begins with hopping (or waddling) up for a weigh-in. Health care workers then plot those numbers into a (usually) ascending curve as the weeks go by.

    A morbid curiosity about exactly how enormous you’re getting isn’t what’s behind the scrutiny. Rather, the pounds put on during pregnancy can give clues about...

    02/28/2018 - 11:30 Pregnancy, Health