Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Pregnant Chicken???

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Pregnant Chicken???

What a pregnant chicken?  Who knew – but this site at Pregnant Chicken is awesome because it addresses how having a toddler and being pregnant can cramp your style.  And, because we here at Conceptual Options are all about pregnancy and surrogacy, we think our surrogates will easily find this site helpful.

According to Pregnant Chicken,

Did anyone else think their second pregnancy would be easier than the first? I guess I thought I’d be an expert and so I was all, OH I GOT THIS. Ah, how naive. I didn’t take into account that there was a toddler around who didn’t give a rat’s ass that I was growing a new life. Kristin sent us this guest post and I remembered how many things were so much harder the second time around.

I’ve been lucky enough to have two “normal” pregnancies with no complications so far, and for that I am thankful. But, I will not lie, this second pregnancy has been much harder than my first. Maybe it’s because I just blocked out some of the less-glamorous aspects of being pregnant from my memory after the first time, or maybe it’s because I now have an energetic little toddler running around 24/7. Either way, the simple, small tasks of everyday life have become increasingly more and more difficult when you have a toddler and a baby bump.

Read more here at Pregnant Chicken, and let us know what you think.

Conceptual Options Surrogacy & Pregnant Chicken

Conceptual Options Surrogacy & Pregnant Chicken

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Woman Gives Birth to Her Identical Twin’s Baby

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Woman Gives Birth to Her Identical Twin’s Baby

Gotta love these stories!  We wanted to share this heart-warming story with all of those women thinking about becoming a surrogate for another woman – sister or not!

According to Fox News,

After finding out her identical twin sister was unable to have a baby, a Long Island, New York, woman offered to carry her sister’s baby. On Wednesday, August 5, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy, who will be referred to as her nephew, Patch.com reported.

In 2009, Allison Ardolino Dinkelacker was 30 weeks pregnant with her first child when she learned she had stage 3 breast cancer. She needed to start chemotherapy immediately, and her son Dylan was born by emergency caesarean section at 31 weeks.

Cancer-free but unable to conceive again because her cancer was brought on by hormones, Allison wanted another child to grow her family. Her twin sister, Dawn Ardolino Policastro, came with her to a doctor’s appointment, where they were told that were Allison to survive a pregnancy, she’d be unable to carry another child.

Read more here about the identical twin who carried her sister’s baby.

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Identical Twins Surrogacy

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: Identical Twins Surrogacy

Conceptual Options Surrogacy & Pregnancy News: Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg & Wife Expecting

Conceptual Options Surrogacy & Pregnancy News: Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg & Wife Expecting

On Friday afternoon, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced—via a Facebook post and photo starring their dog—that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting their first child: a girl who gave her soon-to-be father a thumbs-up “like” in an ultrasound.

Along with that exciting news, Zuckerberg also disclosed that the couple had been trying for years to get pregnant and had suffered three miscarriages.

Chan is at a point in this pregnancy where the risk of miscarriage is very low, but Zuckerberg shared their past experiences in order to open up the dialogue the emotional toll of a lost pregnancy.

At Conceptual Options we know that every pregnancy is a gift, as is evidenced by the struggles that many couples, like Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan face every day.  Congrats to the Facebook team and Mark and Priscilla!

He wrote:

“You feel so hopeful when you learn you’re going to have a child. You start imagining who they’ll become and dreaming of hopes for their future. You start making plans, and then they’re gone. It’s a lonely experience. Most people don’t discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you—as if you’re defective or did something to cause this. So you struggle on your own.

In today’s open and connected world, discussing these issues doesn’t distance us; it brings us together. It creates understanding and tolerance, and it gives us hope.”

Read more here on Slate about Mark Zuckerberg and his wife expecting a baby girl.

Conceptual Options Facebook Founder Pregnancy Annoucement - it's a girl!

Conceptual Options Facebook Founder Pregnancy Annoucement – it’s a girl!

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: To Bank or Not to Bank your Baby’s Cord Blood?

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News: To Bank or Not to Bank your Baby’s Cord Blood

We were recently asked by a couple if they should bank their baby’s cord bloodor not? They had heard about it, but really did not know much about it. They had done some research on-line and their delivering doctor didn’t really tell them much that they hadn’t already read about. They wanted to know what is it, why should they do it, and if they decide to do it, how should they do it?

In order to answer their questions about cord blood, we need to start from the beginning.

When a baby is developing in it’s mother’s womb, the umbilical cord connects from an opening in the baby’s stomach to the placenta. During pregnancy, the placenta which is an oxygen and nutrient rich organ, is attached to the lining of the womb. This organ sends all the oxygen and essential nutrients that your baby needs to develop via the umbilical cord. Basically, the umbilical cord is your baby’s life line.

When your baby is born, the umbilical cord is cut  (no it does not hurt as the cord is similar to your nails or hair, so neither you nor your baby will feel anything) and some of that blood from the placenta remains in the umbilical cord. This extra blood is what is known as cord blood.

What is so special about this extra blood?

This cord blood is full of stem cells and stem cells can save lives.  Stem cells are the building blocks of  blood and are also the foundation of our immune system. Not only that, these particular stems cells have the unique ability to divide and form into other types of cells such as more blood cells, muscles or bones. By having this unique ability, they can help repair tissues, organs and treat  diseases. According to the Mayo Clinic, “cord blood stem cells have been used successfully to treat more than 70 different diseases, including some cancers, blood disorders, and immune deficiencies. Among these are leukemia, aplastic anemia, thalassemia, Hodgkin’s disease, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.”

The umbilical cord isn’t the only place where we can harvest stem cells.  We can find stem cells from other  sources as well such as bone marrow and circulating blood. Bone marrow and circulating blood are found in all healthy adults. However, unlike these two sources, cord blood can only be harvested and stored at birth.

So why bother with cord blood when we can still collect it from bone marrow and regular blood?

Well, one of the main reasons is because unlike cord blood cells which have the unique ability to form into other types of cells, adult stem cells do not and this limits how adult stem cells can be used to treat diseases.

Also, it is much easier to match transplant patients with cord blood than with adult donors. For example, according to research only 30% of people who are in need of a stem cell transplant have someone in their family who is a match. In other words, 70% do NOT have a match..within their own family. So finding a match outside of their family, is pretty near impossible. But when using cord blood stem cells, if a first degree relative (parent, sibling or child) needs a stem cell transplant and you have cord blood banked, it is pretty much a guarantee that those stem cells will be a match.  Further, people who receive transplants from stem cells that come from someone they are related too versus someone they are unrelated too, have a better chance of recovering and recovering faster from the procedure. Also, because of scientific research, new therapies now exist whereby children can use their own cord blood stem cells to help their body repair itself.  Amazing.

We think it is pretty obvious that there is tremendous value in harvesting and collecting cord blood. Regardless of the value, there are still people who are not interested in doing so, in fact, more than 95% of all newborn cord blood is discarded. But if you are not interested in discarding or banking, you can also have the ability to donate the cells and potentially help save someone else life. With all the wonderful research being conducted, who knows what other life saving treatments  science will discover.

Now if you decide to save your cord blood, make sure to do your research. Finding a  bank that is reliable and credible is essential. If the cord blood is not handled and / or stored correctly, you may never be able to even use it. So talk to your delivering doctor or hospital and ask for a recommendation.  Seek out friends or family who have done this. Who have they worked with before? Research the different companies on-line and speak to a live person and ask questions.

Although cost maybe a factor in your decision regarding which bank you chose, don’t let that be your only deciding factor.  After looking through the various banking websites, I found that on average, banking for 20 years is approximately $4,000 or $200 a year. That’s it. Considering all that can be done using the stem cells, $200 a year does not seem like much of a cost.

There is a great site we found, a non-profit called Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Foundation that tells you everything you need to know about cord blood. It is a great place to start your own research .

So to answer the questions for the couple who asked us if they should bank their child’s cord blood:

1. What is it:  Cord blood is the blood that remains in the umbilical cord and the placenta after the birth of a baby. It contains stem cells that may be cryopreserved for later use in medical therapies, such as stem cell transplants or clinical trials of new stem cell therapies.

2. Why should you do it: it can save lives.

3. How should you do it? Do your research, ask questions BEFORE your baby is born.

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News - Cord Blood Banking Benefits

Conceptual Options Surrogacy News – Cord Blood Banking Benefits

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: Tyrone Hayes + Penelope Jagessar Chaffer – The toxic baby

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: Tyrone Hayes + Penelope Jagessar Chaffer – The toxic baby

It is very common nowadays to be concerned about what outside elements are affecting the growth of the fetus in the womb. This fascinating Ted Talks video opens your eyes to dangerous chemicals that we are unaware of. The factors include things that can effect the child in the womb as well as outside the womb. Please follow the link below to educate and arm yourself with powerful and useful information.

Read more here about Tyrone Hayes + Penelope Jagessar Chaffer – The toxic baby

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News: The Best Foods for Pregnant Women for Surrogates & Intended Mothers

Conceptual Options Pregnancy News:  The Best Foods for Pregnant Women for Surrogates & Intended Mothers

Protein, low fat dairy, flaxseeds, lean beef, lentils, colorful fruits and veggies, popcorn and water are the best foods for Surrogates & Intended Mothers who are pregnant. And yes, popcorn is a really good option while pregnant because it increases your intake of whole grain and is packed with fiber, which is great if you are suffering from constipation.  Plus, eating popcorn can help with any nausea because it is packed with good starches.
Conceptual Options Pregnancy Foods Surrogates & Intended Mothers

Conceptual Options Pregnancy Foods Surrogates & Intended Mothers

Conceptual Options Humor Friday: “I’m So Pregnant” Parody – Iggy Azalea style

Conceptual Options Humor Friday: “I’m So Pregnant” Parody – Iggy Azalea style, of course.

Alittle fun this Friday for everyone.  We just found this parody of the Iggy Azalea song, “I’m so Fancy.”   Check it out – this is hilarious.  I am sure all of our surrogates out there feel this way every day.  Your thoughts?