This is a discussion on EDD December 2013 within the Year 2013 Mummy forum, part of the Mummy Meeting Place category; Mmm... What's wrong with having vernix on a baby??? The nurses will clean the baby immediately after birth, so I ...
Mmm... What's wrong with having vernix on a baby??? The nurses will clean the baby immediately after birth, so I dont see an issue with that. Heh...
As for body itch which some mummies complain of, beside your tummy, where else is itchy???
For me, it is my hands & feet. AARGH!!! They itch despite my applying Johnson & Johnson baby lotion (pink)!!!
And the itch is worse at night! I wonder why why why? It is affecting my sleep coz it makes me so pek chek!
I am using a Kodomo baby bubble wash (sample), so I thought there should be no problem.......
And camcamwhamwham, soy is cooling. Soy & grass jelly is even more cooling. So unless you have a heaty body constitution, it may be wise to cut down your consumption of it. A preggy woman cannot be too cooling.
Hahaha kokura, I do not understand what you mean by heaty or cooling body.. Like in modern terms what exactly does it mean medically? That over cooling might cause you to fall sick easily or...? Maybe I'm not that traditional Chinese oriented so I dont't really follow the books.. I'm not doing confinement either.. Some things dont't make sense to me.. :P
Camcam: the meaning of 'cooling' means that the baby will be more prone to coughs etc... tats what I understand, tats y I try to avoid certain food for the sake of baby. Rather believe it for me... hehe
you r not doing confinement, but will you be taking confinement food?
Hmmm if you mean Chinese confinement food then no.. I'll just be having normal meals as per usual..
camcam & faith86: oh yah, i heard that too.. too 'cooling' supposedly not good for baby constitution.. prone to cough & sickness.. i got a collz who drank alot of green tea during her pregnancy and she feel it does affect the child immune system.. she got 3 kids.. anyway camcam, this is your 2nd child?
kokura: not enough? hmm.. i thot it should be enough.. but then the cord blood sales rep will definitely try to sell more to you.. coz there is always a small chance that the cord blood may not be suitable, even for siblings. My collz has 3 kids and she only intend to store 1.. but end up stored all 3 bcoz of the suitability part i think.. a friend who work in medical line also suggested to donate if i have more kids.. not so ex. althou in the event, you need it, they may not be able to return you yours, but i believe they will try to help find a suitable one..
LilMissy: i think could be hard to gather all mummies now.. since i think many of us could be busy preparing for the real thing! *gasp* my Edd is late dec.. 8 more wks to go.. i think other here could be much earlier than me.. oh and i propped up my feet super high ytd when sleeping.. i think it really make my feet shrink abit.. not so much like a pig trotter now..
btw mummies! its watson members sale today (again)!! wonder if i sho grab baby stuff now.. since dont really feel like gg to those fair anymore.. hmm
@chocoholic: ya, propping your feet up high is good. drink up on plain water, and cut down on carbonated drinks and salty food. if you can, you shud also wear track shoes in the day if can. it acts as a compression for your feet too, if you dowan to buy compression stockings.
jiayou!! i have water retention everywhere, feet, hand and face. now my fingertips are forever numb or has lil sensation. sometimes it gets hard to write even...
LilMissy: oh yah.. my hands feel numb sometimes during my sleep at nite.. wondering why.. esp since i'm not pressing on it.. haha.. and i have numbing sensation on my back sometimes too.. which i believe is due to posture..
anyone here been hardworking to do kegel exercise everyday? i think i should buck up.. haha.. been eating snake..
@chocoholic: you eat snake ? i never even do.. :P guilty guilty....the numbness could be due to the water retention. not sure what is the explanation but ya....
i've been feeling nauseous these few days. my back pain is getting worst too.. cant even sit still in the office.
If we have interrupted sleep due to multiple toilet visits, is that due to water retention or too much water consumption???
Oh yes, I also have bad backache & it is always on the right hand side, maybe it is because my spinal cord is crooked; it curves to the right a little... Sob sob...
I can't even sit through a meal, after 15 mins my back will start to ache & I need to rub it a little.
Kegel exercise? Not really . Oops.
Mummies here said to prop up their feet when they sleep so as to reduce water retention. But wouldn't you kick off the bed accidentally whatever you use to prop your feet up? Say pillow???
@kokura: i think that one is natural....haha! but make the effort to fall to sleep with your feet propped up.
you drink water --> signals your body to push out excess water --> reduce water retention --> multiple toilet visits...
so it's oklah..haha!
These are what i found out.
Useful links to mothers who have not made up their mind:
Should we store our baby's cord blood?
Should We Store Our Newborn's Cord Blood? - HealthyChildren.org
Cord Blood Donation FAQs
Cord Blood Donation Frequently Asked Questions
Should You Bank Your Baby's Cord Blood?:
The Cord Blood Controversy:
Odds of using cord blood:
Last edited by Kokura; 30-10-2013 at 05:13 PM.
@kokura: i know i look quite 'cute'...HAHA! but i cannot be bothered. my comfort and my water retention matters more, altho my sis and my mum giggled when they saw me..HAHA!!
Is he a photographer?? I'm still thinking whether should take or not. I'm now so bloated and fat I think my kid will laugh at me when I show him next time.Originally Posted by LilMissy
Hahaha! More like we race each other to the seats! Normally I lose . Hahahahah!!! It's really hilarious.Originally Posted by chocoholic
My baby EDD was 4 Dec, but now seems like it could be earlier.
Btw I will be using this detergent which I bought from the baby fair @ Bumwear stall
Name: Country Save Detergent
Country Save Laundry Detergent
I wanted to bring in the Honest brand detergent from USA but it's restricted from import to SG.
Even before I got preggy, I notice that among the senior citizens, it is always uncles who give up their seats to pregnant women or women carrrying babies.
Aunties? They just sit there & look at you & reaffirm to themselves that they need the seat too & can't be generous enough to offer you their seat.
Do you mummies notice that???
@selp: well, you can say that he is. he is an avid photographer and he has done outdoor portraits for family before and other event photography as well, on his own so i was telling him about our conversations about the maternity shoot and he asked me to offer to you mummies.
nolah selp, i think dont worry too much bah..it's the memory.. it'll be quite fun i think! heehee...but you need to have a concept in mind . like i said, 2-3 sample pics that you really like then he will try to emulate it for you.
niwae, i think for post-natal massage, the earlier the better ? i'm not sure..
To help other mums out in their decision. :-)
Banking your baby's umbilical cord blood means having it saved and stored for future use. Cord blood can be used for stem cell transplants to grow new bone marrow and other tissues. Storing your baby's cord blood is a personal decision that only you can make. Consider the following when making your decision:
- Doctors do not recommend that you bank cord blood based on the slight chance that your baby will have a disease that could be treated with stem cells. If that should happen, your baby will probably need stem cells from someone else rather than his or her own stem cells.1
- Banked cord blood is not likely to be helpful to your baby, but it may help a sibling who has an illness that could be treated with a stem cell transplant, including leukemia, sickle cell disease, Hodgkin's lymphoma,or thalassemia. Doctors recommend that you bank your baby's cord blood only if a family member already has one of these illnesses.
- You might consider donating the cord blood to a public bank instead. You won't be able to use the blood, but it could be used for research or for another child.
- Private cord blood banking is expensive. You will pay a starting fee of about $1,500, plus a storage fee of around $100 a year for as long as the blood is stored.
- If you want to save the cord blood, you must arrange for it ahead of time. It is not a decision you can make at the last minute.
- Collecting the cord blood is painless.
What is umbilical cord blood?
Cord blood is the blood left in the umbilical cord after birth. It contains stem cells. These cells have the amazing ability to grow into many different kinds of cells, like bone marrow cells, blood cells, or brain cells. This can make them valuable for treating some diseases.Diseases that can be treated with stem cell transplants include leukemia, Hodgkin’s disease, and some types of anemia. When healthy stem cells are transplanted into a child who is ill, those cells can grow new bone marrow cells to replace the ones destroyed by the disease or its treatment. Stem cells from the child's own cord blood often cannot be used, because they may have led to the disease in the first place.Much research is being done to see if stem cells can be used to treat more problems. For now, though, treatment is limited to diseases that affect blood cells.Banked cord blood is usually used to treat disease in a brother or sister. Cord blood stem cells are rarely used to treat adults, who normally need more stem cells than cord blood has.
What is cord blood banking?
The umbilical cord is usually thrown away after birth. But the blood inside the cord can be saved, or banked, for possible later use. The blood is drawn from the umbilical cord after the cord has been clamped and cut. Cord blood banks freeze the cord blood for storage.During your pregnancy, you may get ads or brochures from cord blood banks. Some of them suggest that parents should save the cord blood in case the baby should one day need a stem cell transplant. Be wary of banks that urge cord blood banking for this reason. It is not known how likely a child is to need a transplant of his or her own cells, but experts say the chances are very small.1Private cord blood banks have collected hundreds of thousands of cord blood units. But the blood has been used in only a small number of transplants.2 Most transplants of cord blood stem cells use cord blood donated by others to public banks.One reason why donations are so valuable is that stem cells from cord blood do not need to be as perfectly matched for a transplant as do stem cells from adult bone marrow. Stem cells from cord blood are not as mature, so the transplant patient's body is much less likely to reject them.
What are the risks of cord blood banking?
Collecting a baby’s cord blood is quick and painless. But it does have a small risk. The umbilical cord must not be clamped and cut too soon. Clamping as soon as possible increases how much blood is collected. But if it is done too quickly, it could cause the baby to have less blood. This could lead to anemia.It is very unlikely that anyone in your family will ever need your baby's cord blood. The exception is the very few families who already have a child with an illness that could be treated with cord blood from a baby brother or sister.1It costs money to store your baby’s cord blood. Banks charge $1,100 to $1,750 to start. Then you must pay yearly storage fees for as long as the blood is stored. The storage fees run from $115 to $125 a year. Health plans usually do not cover these costs. Only you can decide if the expense makes sense for you and your family. Other uses for the money-such as saving for college or paying for health insurance for your baby-might be better for you.Doctors worry that the advertising done by cord blood banks may make some parents feel guilty if they do not want or cannot pay to store their baby’s cord blood. Pregnancy and childbirth are emotional times, so learn all you can ahead of time. dont't base your decision on guilt.
What other things should I consider?
The American Academy of Pediatrics says banking cord blood without a medical reason is not wise. The academy recommends that you consider it only if a family member has a disease that could be treated with a stem cell transplant.3Some banks will waive their fees for families who need the stem cells right away.If you bank your baby's cord blood, it will be tested for genetic and infectious diseases. What you learn from a genetic test can affect your life and that of your family in many ways.
- Learning that your child is likely to develop a serious disease can be scary or depressing. This information may also affect your relationships with other family members.
- If your child tests positive for a disease-specific gene, you may decide to use treatment, if available, to prevent the disease or to reduce its impact or severity. Although many treatments are effective, others may be potentially dangerous or of unproven value.
- Many people worry that genetic information released to insurance companies may affect future employment options or the cost or availability of insurance.
Private banking: If you decide to bank your baby's cord blood, make sure that the blood bank you use is accredited by a reputable regulatory agency, such as the American Association of Blood Banks. Look for a bank that has tested and stored many cord blood samples and whose samples have been used successfully in transplants. Ask for a copy of the bank's policies and procedures.Donating cord blood: You may decide that you would like to donate your baby’s cord blood. Donating makes the stem cells available to others. It does not cost anything. Unfortunately, it is not yet an option in many communities. Contact the hospital where you plan to give birth to find out if you can donate cord blood there.
Your choices are:
- Arrange to have your baby's cord blood collected and sent to a cord blood bank.
- Do not bank your baby's cord blood.
The decision about whether to bank your baby's cord blood takes into account your personal feelings and the medical facts.
Reasons to bank cord blood Reasons not to bank cord blood
- Another family member has a disease that could be treated with the cord blood stem cells.
- You plan to have more children, and a disease that could be treated with cord blood runs in your family.
- You live in an area where you can donate the cord blood to a public bank.
Are there other reasons you might want to bank your baby's cord blood?
- There is a small risk to the baby if the cord is clamped too soon. With less blood, the baby may develop anemia.
- Banking cord blood is expensive. Using the money for a college fund or health insurance for your baby might make more sense.
- Without an existing medical need, the chance that the stem cells will be used by your family is very small.
Are there other reasons you might not want to bank your baby's cord blood?
Use this worksheet to help you make your decision. After completing it, you should have a better idea of how you feel about cord blood banking. Discuss the worksheet with your doctor.Circle the answer that best applies to you.
I have a young family member who will probably need a stem cell transplant in the future. Yes No Unsure I think banking the cord blood would be a wise investment. Yes No Unsure The cost of banking the cord blood worries me. Yes No Unsure I will donate the cord blood if I can, because I'll feel better if the stem cells dont't go to waste. Yes No Unsure I like the idea of banking the cord blood for the future, "just in case." Yes No Unsure We plan to have more children, and there is leukemia, Hodgkin's, or sickle cell disease in our family. Yes No Unsure
Use the following space to list any other important concerns you have about this decision.What is your overall impression?
Your answers in the above worksheet are meant to give you a general idea of where you stand on this decision. You may have one overriding reason to use or not use cord blood banking.Check the box below that represents your overall impression about your decision.
Leaning toward banking my baby's cord blood
Leaning toward NOT banking my baby's cord blood
Hubby is suggesting a one hour group shot for us Dec Mummies. And afterwhich, he can do 1-2 individual shots all at no cost.
Minimally, it'll take an hour. Hubbies are welcome too! LoL!
Any takers? Preferably a weekend, maybe late afternoon where the sun wun be too hot.
I may be the youngest December mommy over here, can I still join you guys?? Hehehe: p
Originally Posted by LilMissy:836981