10 Best Travel Destinations

With over 200 cases reported in 2018, it’s important to know  the risks associated with Zika virus, not only in your area, but also in the places where you travel. Zika Virus, spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, can also be transmitted through sex. The problem with Zika is that it …

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Signs of Early Labor

A woman will experience many signs before going into labor: nausea, cramping, lower back pain and a thick, bloody discharge. While some of these may be concerning, in many cases it’s just the body’s way of telling you that actual labor has not quite started yet but is close!   During pregnancy, the uterus grows …

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Pros and Cons of Delayed Cord Clamping

Delayed cord clamping allows extra time, usually one to three minutes, between the clamping and separation of the umbilical cord from the baby, until pulsations in the umbilical cord have ceased or the placenta is delivered. This allows the remaining stem cell-rich blood from the placenta to be transferred to the baby after birth (up …

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Traveling During Pregnancy

There are a variety of factors to consider before making the decision to travel during pregnancy. Some of these factors include your pregnancy status, the destinations you plan to travel to, increased health risks due to being pregnant, and much more.   Most physicians suggest its fine to travel through the 2nd trimester of your …

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Should You Get the Flu Shot When You’re Pregnant?

Many changes occur to your immune system during pregnancy. Unfortunately, some of these changes can cause you to become more susceptible to the flu. It is important to avoid getting the flu while pregnant as it can be more severe compared to other times in your life. Not only is this dangerous to your health, …

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Repairing Cleft Palate With Cord Blood Stem Cells

Doctors in Columbia recently performed a procedure using Cord Blood stem cells to treat cleft lip and palate in a 5-month old baby. Although still in the experimental stage, these stem cells have the potential to lead to a therapy that can treat this genetic condition without traditional surgery which can lead to complications later …

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Having a Urinary Tract Infection During Pregnancy

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is quite common in women. If you are pregnant, your risk for developing a UTI is increased starting at week 6 through week 24.  A UTI, also called a bladder infection, is bacterial inflammation in the urinary tract; which is due to the changes in the urinary tract during pregnancy. …

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Baby Shower (Before, During & After) Survival Tips

Your baby shower is an exciting time. Whether you are organizing it or someone is planning it for you, there are many things to prepare for. From knowing what to put on your baby registry, to sorting through your presents after the event, these tips will help make a huge difference! BEFORE YOUR BABY SHOWER: …

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Who Owns Your Baby’s Cord Blood?

Banking your baby’s cord blood and tissue is a great way to secure your baby’s future against potential life threatening diseases. When parents are considering banking, we often hear the question, who owns my baby’s cord blood and tissue? Since Maze is a private cord blood bank, your baby’s cord blood and tissue will not …

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Pregnancy Brain: Is it real and what can I do about it?

According to the Journal of Neuroscience it’s a real condition! The hormonal fluctuations that occur during pregnancy create structural patterns in a woman’s brain. For first-time moms, many of these alterations will remain in place for at least 2 years after giving birth.  A lot of these changes are linked to a mother’s ability to …

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