What to Expect During Your Second Trimester

Congratulations you are at the beginning of your second trimester! “At the beginning of the second trimester, babies are about 3 1/2 inches long and weigh about 1 1/2 ounces. Tiny, unique fingerprints are now in place, and the heart pumps 25 quarts of blood a day. You’re likely to feel kicks and flutters soon …

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What to Expect During Your First Trimester

Your first trimester is 13 weeks of new developments and new experiences. Learn how your body changes and how your baby develops week by week.  Weeks 1-3 During this time the sperm and egg fuse (otherwise known as fertilization) resulting in a zygote, a single-cell organism made up of genetic material from both you and …

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7 Awesome Things Your Body Does During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an amazing experience—mentally, emotionally, and physically. But that isn’t a big surprise – after all, you’ve got a little human being growing inside you! But with that little “bun in the oven” comes a lot of changes. Here are 7 awesome things your body does during pregnancy: Interested in learning more about pregnancy? Read our blog …

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New Findings on Delayed Cord Clamping

Delayed cord clamping refers to when the umbilical cord is not clamped or cut until after pulsations have ceased, or until after the placenta is delivered. Previously, doctors cut the umbilical cord and encouraged others to do so immediately after birth, thinking it reduced the risk of maternal hemorrhage. Just this week The American College …

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Cord Tissue Treatment Trials for Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is the most common cause of vision loss in people over 55. This disease causes “light-sensitive cells in the center of the retina to degrade, leading to loss of central vision and the ability to read, drive and recognize faces.” In a phase 2 clinical trial at UIC College of Medicine they are evaluating the use …

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Birthing New Skin with Umbilical Cord Stem Cells

Dr. Phan Toan Thang sees “magic” in cord tissue stem cells. The chief scientist’s passion for healing wounds led him to discover a way to create skin cells quickly and in large quantities by using the lining from umbilical cords. Instead of using the limited amount of skin on a patient’s body to help heal …

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Stem Cells in Umbilical Cord to treat Eczema

A new clinical trial conducted by Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital and Seoul National University found that the stem cells in umbilical cords (mesenchymal stem cells, or MSCs) could be used as a treatment for eczema. Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a condition that results in dry, itchy red rashes on the skin and …

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