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I’ve heard a lot that the first time being pregnant is different. It’s so true. Without having another human to care for, I could only think about what was happening in my belly and what would happen once he arrived.
This time, I’m being pulled in a thousand different directions. Being a mom, being a wife, working full time plus the house, plus being pregnant. I can’t keep up some days.
This pregnancy hasn’t been easy to me either. I have been on medication for my blood pressure and we’re on high alert for a repeat of preeclampsia.
With what little energy I can focus on my current pregnancy, I’ve already made three big decisions that differed from my first one.
Cord Blood Banking with Cord Blood Registry®
With my now two-year-old son, we didn’t know about cord blood banking or the CBR®. There wasn’t any information in the doctor’s office and it was never brought up to us at any point whether it was private banking or donation.
Through word of mouth cord blood banking got back to me for this pregnancy when my sister-in-law asked if I was going to save the cord blood.
It never crossed my mind and here I am 21 weeks pregnant with our second child.
I started looking into why I would consider cord blood banking for our family. Here’s my three big reasons I’ll be considering banking my child’s cord blood with CBR®.
– Potentially life-saving investment
– Cord blood is being researched for its ability to help with certain brain injuries
– Private banking ensures that the cord blood is available for my family if we should need it
Knowing our own family history, this is the right decision for us. As science keeps changing and we keep finding new amazing ways to use cord blood stem cells, why not store the cord blood to give our family a strong fight should we need it?
The benefits of cord blood aren’t completely known, but what we do know is that cord blood has been used in the treatment of 80 diseases. We also know the future is bright for cord blood research and regenerative therapies. There are so many clinical trials going on right now researching new ways that cord blood may benefit us years down the road.
Though I hope we never need it, it’ll be there for our family.
Many families may be unaware or not adequately informed on the subject of cord blood banking and how the stem cells can be used for their families. This banked cord blood can be used for a close family member should we need to access it. Some types of conditions require the use of someone else’s stems cells making it important to store every child’s.
With July being Cord Blood Awareness Month now is the perfect time to decide if cord blood banking with CBR® is right for you. Click here for more info on CBR® and how you can make this potentially life-saving purchase for your family.
Staying Off Google
All the information in the world is at my fingertips. What’s this headache mean? Can I eat that? Is it possible to take a bath after a long day at work?
Stop the madness!
Yes, there are things that need to be researched, but boy did I overdo it with my first pregnancy. I absolutely believe knowledge is power but also bringing up your concerns with your doctor is very important.
Your doctor will make notes and put a puzzle together for you. Google can’t do that.
Google also just gives you the best results for the words you searched. It’s not tailored to your specific need!
I would often times run an internet search on whatever was ailing me that day and it never made it to my doctor’s medically trained brain. Things could have gone differently for my first pregnancy had I just spoken up and given the whole story. He didn’t have my search history but he was able to put the story together immediately once I used him as my pregnancy diary.
If you’re going to put it in a search engine, also tell your doctor. Even the smallest thing.
Less Time On My Phone
My son is now two and those two years just flew by. My husband said last week “I’m going to lay with the new baby more. I just didn’t get enough time with Ri.”
I’ve made it a pact before but I’m really going to work hard on being present for my family. The attention I’ve given my phone should go 100% to my son and this baby.
There’s nothing on my phone that’s more important than the babies in front of me.
We’ve put the following list up on the fridge. It’s going to stay there so our children grow up with it as well.
· No phones out for the first hour after coming home
· No phones out until the kids are in bed
· No phones out during meals
· No phones out during a family movie
Why do I grab my phone? Possibly a lull in conversation. Maybe my son has moved on from what we’re doing. Instead of reaching for my phone to check my social media, I can snap a photo and simply put my phone back out of reach.