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Umbilical Cord Beneficial for Mother and Baby

By Navya Sharma In Health & Fitness Posted On August 07,2019 0 Comments

Umbilical cord, a conduit is connecting the embryo and the placenta. It is also a physiological and genetic part of the baby that consist of 1 vein and 2 arteries. The vein in the umbilical cord helps in the passing of the oxygen and other nutrients to the baby. The artery carries the deoxygenated blood and other waste from the baby.

Post to the birth of the baby, umbilical cord is expelled along with the placenta which is then clamped and cut.

Anatomically umbilical cord is neither part of the baby nor the mother. Despite this fact, the umbilical cord is very useful both of them in one way or the other. The umbilical cord helps the baby in passing blood and nutrients similarly for the mother it provides health security for the future by opting for cord blood banking.

Here are some interesting facts about the umbilical cord:

  •  Length of the umbilical cord varies from 55 – 60 cm of length. During its gestation period, the cord blood attains its full size and stop growing further [1].
  •  Umbilical cord sometimes forms a loop around the baby. If the baby inside the womb is too small then it plays with the umbilical cord an often forms a loop. In this case, most babies have their umbilical cord tied on their neck and few babies had a tied knot.
  •  After the fertilization, the placenta is formed and the umbilical cord is originated from the placenta. As already said, it is not an anatomical part of the baby rather it’s a genetical part of your baby.
  •  The baby receives blood from the mother by the help of the umbilical cord. The cord blood does not mix up with the mother’s blood.
  •  The Wharton’s jelly found inside the umbilical cord contains stem cells. It is the rich source of mesenchymal stem cells. These mesenchymal stem cells have huge therapeutic benefit and help in treating any kind of organ-specific disease.
  •  The cord blood is also rich in stem cells. These stem cells are pluripotent and can regenerate themselves into kind of cell of the body. The stem cells can treat more than 80 diseases. So, these are isolated from the cord blood can be cryopreserved for lifetime.

Now that you already have some additional knowledge about the umbilical cord, it is advisable for all the mum-to-be that they must opt for banking their baby’s stem cells. There are many companies that will provide you the service of stem cell banking in India. However, you must compare among the companies and select the company which you will the best among of them.

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