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Mandira promotes stem cell banking

With days to go before her due date (June 26), actor-TV anchor Mandira Bedi has recently become the face of a stem cell banking facility. Read on for details.

entertainment Updated: Jun 13, 2011 12:58 IST
Rochelle Pinto

"I miss putting on my heels and going out to a party,” says a very pregnant Mandira Bedi. With days to go before her due date (June 26), the actor-TV anchor has recently become the face of a stem cell banking facility. “We had read up on it and were keen on preserving the cord blood. Our doctor also encouraged us to get it done,” she explains, adding, “Then one day, out of the blue, we got a call from Cryo-Save, and they sent a team of people to Mumbai to explain exactly how it works.”

Increasingly popular, especially among celebrities like Sussanne and Hrithik Roshan and Sanjay and Manyata Dutt, the procedure involves obtaining blood from the umbilical cord during childbirth. The blood is preserved for about 21 years and can help in the treatment of more than 75 life-threatening diseases. “I think Lisa Ray also received stem cell treatment, though that was from a family member or donor,” Mandira recalls, adding, “Not only will it benefit our baby, but the same stem cells can save my husband and me because there is a 50 per cent chance of being matched.”

Now anxiously awaiting her D-day, the TV personality explains that her last month of pregnancy was the toughest hurdle. “Since I was covering the ICC World Cup and writing articles for a newspaper right until my seventh month, I didn’t have time to feel the discomforts of pregnancy. But the last month was the most difficult, especially carrying all that weight around.”

Having never crossed the 60-kilo mark in her life, Mandira admits she’s eager to drop the extra 10 kilos that now show up on the weighing scale. “The extra kilos came on at such a fast rate but I know I’m eating healthy for myself and my baby. Even today, I get on the cross-trainer that I have in my room for at least half an hour every day. And after the birth, once the doctor gives me the green signal, I’m hitting the gym.”

But doesn’t pregnancy bring on a sense of relaxed laziness? She laughs, replying, “You have no idea how hard it is and how I motivate myself to stay active.”