Archive for July, 2010

let’s start from here

July 27, 2010

We decided on the name Nadia to remember our stay in France. Despite the 1st trimester puking, fatigue and a walk (the car was not ready yet) in the stinging wintry cold to Fontainebleau Public Hospital (where NO ONE SPEAKS ENGLISH) because of spotting, we got through the pregnancy with beautiful memories. We had named our baby after our gynaecologist in Fontainebleau (Dr Nadia Metzger) and adopted the name immediately when we found out that Nadia meant Hope.

Today, we decided to donate Nadia’s cord blood to the Singapore Cord Blood Bank (SCBB). I never knew that cord blood could save an adult too! Frankly, I was hesitant. Do we preserve the cord blood for her or should we donate? What are the chances of her needing her cord blood? Would medical science have advanced to a stage where medication could be used, should the need arises? The nurse coordinator at SCBB was helpful and patient when explaining the idea of cord blood donation and addressing my concerns. If cord blood cannot be used for your own self (for genetic diseases) since it would mean that the blood is genetically unsuitable, why then are there private cord blood banks in Singapore? I guess it is akin to buying insurance (you pay a yearly fee to maintain your cord blood in the private blood bank). According to the private banks, there are many diseases which could be treated by cord blood. Some apparently proven and some undergoing trials. For now, the cord blood preserved could save a sibling’s life too. This is a big struggle indeed. I figured it all boils down to the probability of having a genetic disease, timing and every parent concerns and priorities. There is absolutely no right/wrong in deciding to bank or donate the cord blood.

We have decided not to store the cord blood in a private cord blood bank. It would be great if another baby could benefit from the cord blood and be given a new lease of life. We can imagine a parent’s agony and only hope that this would relieve another family’s pain.

So little Nadia, let’s start from here.

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baby scared?

July 20, 2010

It has been raining on and off recently however, this is the first time our little nadia had heard a thunder strike. It was one of those sudden, terrifying, sharp and extremely loud thunders that made me jump as well. She was obviously frightened. She got all bunched up and tensed in my tummy (my tummy became lopsided and tight!) and it was only after some rubbing and soothing that she began to relax.

It was amazing. I never knew babies would react like that in the uterus.

TOP-ing?!

July 20, 2010

At 36 weeks (What to Expect) :-

By now, many of your baby’s systems are pretty mature, at least in baby terms —  and just about ready for life on the outside. Blood circulation, for instance, has been perfected and your baby’s immune system has matured enough to protect him or her from infections outside the womb. Other systems, however, still need a few finishing touches. Once such notable example: digestion — which actually won’t be fully mature until sometime after birth. Why’s that? Inside his or her little gestational cocoon, your baby has relied on the umbilical cord for nutrition, meaning that the digestive system — though developed — hasn’t been operational. So your baby will take the first year or two to bring that system up to speed.

15 more days to meeting you, little Nadia. Excited.