Monthly Archive for January, 2013

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New Research Supports Later Umbilical Cord Clamping

New research on newborns suggests something we probably should have suspected all along, delay cutting the umbilical cord. Recent research reported in the March 21st 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that delaying cutting the once life-giving cord by at least two minutes results in better blood counts and improved iron levels for a baby. Current rule of thumb is to clamp the cord immediately after birth or wait thirty seconds and clamp.

There are some objections to these studies, claiming not enough evidence is presented and more studies are needed before clinical changes are widely recommended. However, the evidence is significant enough to warrant attention and maybe change the status quo from early to late clamping for many physicians.

There appears to be an absence of formal guidelines for most health-care practitioners. In the developed world most physicians cut the cord immediately after birth to facilitate the bonding between the mother and her newborn and to avoid possible respiratory problems. However in the developing world the timing is more variable with a greater tendency towards late clamping to counter the greater risk in anemia in those regions.

There is also the question of banking umbilical cord blood as it can be quite costly. Some parents choose to bank the stem cells provided in the umbilical cord as they can be a match for the baby later in life should the need arise. However, only half the time is there even enough blood in the umbilical cord to allow for the banking.

One study showed that delayed clamping lowered the risk of hemorrhage and the need for a blood transfusion. Some studies have found that even a slight delay in the cord clamping was very beneficial for preterm infants. Late clamping overall improved the blood count as well as the iron status of the babies and reduced the risk of anemia. The only negative effect was too many red blood cells, a condition medically termed polycythermia. However this condition was only temporary.

Although the evidence for later term clamping of the umbilical cord needs more studies to be more conclusive, I believe that delayed clamping will be the trend of the future, particularly for preterm babies who are more at risk for anemia and blood transfusions. This is definitely a subject I would bring up with my physician or mid-wife if I was expecting and I would incorporate into my birth plan, particularly in the event my infant was born preterm. After all, it does seem logical and common sense to delay cutting the cord as it does not appear to pose any harm to the infant and can only help the child that needs those additional red blood cells to prevent anemia and other related health issues.

Kim Kardashian Is Looking To Be More Private In Her Pregnancy

Kim Kardashian, who has never been one to shy from the limelight, surprised everyone with Kanye West’s impromptu announcement of her pregnancy at his concert in Atlantic City, NJ on Dec 30th. Amazingly Kim was able to go under the radar as tabloids speculated over Jessica Simpson’s quick second pregnancy and then focused on Kate Middleton’s acute morning sickness.

Kim said it was nice to be out of the media spotlight during the early stages of her pregnancy while the royal couple got all the attention.

“I’m obviously so happy for them, but if anything I loved the privacy, ” the 32-year-old reality TV start said in an interview last Wednesday.

Of course that bit of privacy is over now that the “Big Reveal” was made by boyfriend Kanye West at his concert. Kardashan says that her motherly instincts have made her more guarded in her personal life now that the word is out.

“I think that definitely kicks in where you’re like, ‘Ok, I have to go in protect mode,’ an as ironic as it sounds, you live your life on a reality show but then when you grow up…certain things change your life that make you want to be more private and this I definitely one of them.”

Kardashian and West went public with their relationship in March. Kardashian married NBA player Kris Humphries in August 2011 and their divorce is not finalized.

Kardashian is due in July.

A new season of her reality show with her sister Kourtney, “Kourtney and Kim Take Miami,” premieres Sunday on E! (9 p.m. EST).

Jenna Bush Hager Announces Pregnancy

It seems that every day a celebrity or household name is expecting a baby. The latest in the line of famous pregnancies is former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager who is celebrating her first pregnancy with her husband, Henry Hager.

The mom-to-be recently reported to access Hollywood, “I’m feeling great. My parents are really excited, obviously. This is the one gift they’ve been bothering me about.”

“They’ve been harassing me and my husband about it for five years,” she continued, laughing. “Literally, at our rehearsal dinner they brought it up…But they’re really thrilled of course.”

Bush Hager, who is a correspondent for the Today Show, revealed her pregnancy news publically on the program last week. She’s due in the Spring 2013 but still needs to make preparations for the baby.

“We still have a while to go and really we’re just celebrating the gift that will come in several months,” Bush told Access Hollywood.

“A White House Christmas: First Families Remember,” premieres on Thursday, December 20 at 8 ET/PT.

Hosted by Meredith Vieira, the special looks at Christmases past and present and features members of presidential families over the last 50 years, including First Lady Michelle Obama, and former First Ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barbara Bush and Rosalynn Carter.

“Warm and fuzzy doesn’t really describe it,” Bush Hager said when asked about the memories that spring to mind when thinking of her Christmases at the White House during her dad’s two terms in the Presidency.

“The White House is such a magic place during the holidays… People come from all over the country to decorate it and then to see it, and you know, it’s just a really special place and that’s one of the reasons that we produced this special, all of these women and men – Michael Regan, as well — we all have had the privilege of living history and being in this place so we wanted to share some of that magic.”

TummyStyle congratulates Jenna Bush Hager on her first pregnancy and wish her all the best.