Your first two trimesters have come and gone and now the third trimester is underway – which may feel more like the last leg of a marathon! The prospect of meeting your little one can finally be seen in the distance and it’s normal to feel both excited and nervous. During this time it’s important to continue your prenatal visits and ask questions.
Getting answers to the questions below will help ensure you feel comfortable and confident about the last twelve weeks of your pregnancy. Bring a printed copy with you to your next appointment!
Second Trimester means new questions about your growing baby. One of the most exciting questions you’ll get the answer to (if you so desire) is ‘What is the sex of my baby?’ There are also a lot of health related questions for mom-to-be that are important to address.
Like we did in a recent post for the first trimester of pregnancy, we’ve put together a list of helpful questions to ask your doctor or midwife. These questions are meant to help guide discussions and make you feel comfortable and well informed. Don’t forget to print them before you go!
At ViaCord we talk to expecting parents every day and understand how exciting pregnancy can be. We also understand that a positive sign on a pregnancy test means a million questions. Rest assured we’ve got you covered with a list of useful questions to help navigate through your first trimester doctor appointments.
Our printable version makes it easy to grab the questions and go – no worries about forgetting to ask anything (pesky pregnancy brain!).You’ll leave feeling well-informed and confident in what to expect during this special time.
At ViaCord we already know the amazing power of cord blood. And with an estimated one million cord blood units stored1, its clear parents around the world are catching on too.
If you’re reading this post, you’re probably considering cord blood banking for your family. To help with your decision making, we’ve created a series of easy to read (and share) infographics that shed light on the most commonly asked questions and break it all down into simple bites of information.
Take a look below, and find out for yourself why cord blood is so awesome.
Throughout September thousands of feet across the country have been hitting the pavement with one goal in sight – walk/run ONE MILLION MILES. Why? Because every step taken will help raise money for childhood cancer research through Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s (ALSF) ‘Million Mile Run’. With so many lives affected by this devastating disease, including some ViaCord families, we were both excited and honored to come together as Team ViaCord to contribute as many miles as possible!
Alex’s Legendary Lemonade Stand Is Born
At 4-years-old Alexandra “Alex” Scott was a girl on a mission to help find a cure for all childhood cancers. A cancer patient herself, diagnosed shortly before her first birthday with neuroblastoma, Alex told her parents she wanted to raise one million dollars for the cause. How did she plan to do this? The best way a kid knows how – with a lemonade stand in her front yard, of course! In 2004, when Alex sadly lost her battle with cancer at age 8, the foundation bearing her name
pledged to carry on her dream of finding a cure through raising funds for research. The ‘Million Mile Run’ was created specially in support of September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
There’s something refreshing and natural about talking all things pregnancy with other expecting moms. Suddenly strangers can become friends and also your greatest cheerleaders throughout this unique journey. BabyCenter, an online community for expecting moms, is well known for being the home of support for millions of expectant moms. From providing educational resources to fostering smaller communities within, BabyCenter is the place to be for mommies-to-be.
Win Free Cord Blood Banking on ViaCord’s Facebook page!
Last month there was a lot of talk about cord blood. Each year during July, when Cord Blood Awareness Month is in full effect, ViaCord plays a big part in the conversations taking place – and we couldn’t be happier! Helping expecting parents learn about the value of cord blood and the benefits of banking cord blood stem cells is something we take great pride in.
Typical topics of conversation include: what is cord blood, how is cord blood used in treatment (both today and possibly in the future), and what are the top reasons families bank cord blood. Often times after learning about the valuable role cord blood stem cells can play in a family’s life, many folks ask us for ways they can help raise awareness. We tell them: Continue reading
An increasing number of families are taking time to learn about cord blood this month. Why? July is Cord Blood Awareness Month, of course! Also, the fact is, cord blood stem cells are doing amazing things today. Used in the treatment of a number of serious diseases, these cells have the ability to regenerate into additional stem cells or differentiate into specialized cells, such as nerve or blood cells. This remarkable ability makes them invaluable in medical treatments.
Let’s take a closer look at what Cord Blood Awareness Month is all about!
ViaCord is proud to support Miracle Babies through sponsorship of their May 11th “Moms for healthy babies” 5K walk. Hundreds of walkers will be stepping out in support of the non-profit organization’s mission to provide education, support and financial assistance to families with critically ill newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Premature birth continues to be a serious issue in the U.S. It is the number one cause of neonatal mortality and approximately 11.5% of all births occur before term.1,2 Despite efforts and advances in trying to screen and treat women in preterm labor, the incidence of preterm birth has not changed significantly over the past 45 years.3
May is most notable for Mother’s Day – a day to celebrate moms everywhere for being nurturers, leaders, role models, and the best hug-givers! This year the month of May will also honor moms, in a powerful way, with the launch of National Preeclampsia Awareness Month.
Designed by the Preeclampsia Foundation, National Preeclampsia Awareness Month is a month-long educational campaign that aims to build awareness around preeclampsia, a life-threatening pregnancy disorder that affects hundreds of thousands of moms, and their unborn babies, each year. The Preeclampsia Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing patient support and education, raising public awareness, advancing research and improving health care practices. They envision a world where preeclampsia no longer threatens the lives of mothers and babies. 1
Although most women with preeclampsia will deliver a healthy baby, some will experience complications. Worldwide, preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are responsible for 76,000 maternal and 500,000 infant deaths each year. 1 Despite such devastating numbers, too few people are aware and informed about this global health problem.
That’s where you can help!