The umbilical cord is a beautiful and blood-filled artery from the placenta to the baby. This artery is your baby’s life source throughout pregnancy. The umbilical cord is made up of three vessels: two umbilical arteries and one umbilical vein which are held together with Wharton’s Jelly. These vessels work together to perfectly balance the baby’s nutrients and blood levels. The vein brings oxygen rich blood and nutrients from the mother to the baby. The arteries carry deoxygenated blood and wastes such as carbon dioxide from the baby to the mother. The mother expels these wastes from her body the same ways her own wastes leave her body (i.e. breathing, tears, using the washroom etc.); the mother’s and baby’s bodies are in constant harmony with one another.