The umbilical cord comes from your belly-button and helps to feed your baby when it is in the womb.
However, there is much more to it then common facts. Here are 5 fun facts you probably didn’t know:
They Vary in Length
What causes the length of the umbilical cord is unknown. It reaches its full length at 28 weeks gestation. Usually, they are between 45-60 centimeters in length. In about 6% of pregnancies, the cord is shorter than 45 centimeters.
Tangles, Knots, and Loops
In the womb babies can move around, causing loops in the cord. Approximately 1% of babies are born with an umbilical cord containing a knot. This is no risk to the baby if this happened as long as the baby is healthy and the cord is in tact. If a cord is healthy, then loops in it do not affect its functionality.
It stops working when needed.
After birth, the umbilical cord begins to shrink and harden. The womb environment is temperature controlled. When the baby is born the cord is exposed to cooler air. The cold air begins to squeeze and close off the blood vessels in the cord. This is called naturally clamping, and occurs between three and twenty minutes after birth.
Why store these stem cells? They can be used for future medical therapies and needed.
How is it developed?
The yolk sac forms the umbilical cord. After the egg is fertilized and divides. the sac develops. It is one of the first developments on the embryo. It helps bring nutrients from the mother to the baby, forming the umbilical cord.
The Umbilical Cord is full of potential.
Stem cells from it can treat many different diseases. Cord blood and tissue contain stem cells that can only be stored, processed and stored right after birth. Why store these stem cells? They can be used for future medical therapies and needed. For more information on cord blood banking, please click visit the Americord Registry website.
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