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 babys cord blood is one decision that can help ensure a healthy future for your family long after delivery.




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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.




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The winner of our Pregnancy Blog contest is Mommy Tales: Belly Edition!! Mommy Tales: Belly Edition has won a 0 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!!




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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]




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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 shes 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.




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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]




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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 vaginas 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 arent 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 UTIs 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]

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Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy [AmericanPregnancy]




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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]




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