Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending June 4, 2017.

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Poppy Seed Oil As Fertility Booster

A hundred years ago, women who needed X-rays of their fallopian tubes had them first flushed out with poppy seed oil to scan for any blockages. As X-rays are becoming abandoned in favor of newer imaging techniques, this flushing is becoming obsolete as well. Which is a shame, because it seems that the poppy seed oil itself has a fertility promoting effect. Read more here.

This is important for you because it is an option to think about if you are having fertility issues.

Beyoncé Push Party

Beyoncé wants a baby shower, just like rest of us mere mortals. Her pool side bash gave her the perfect excuse to show off her big henna’d belly. Read more here.

This is important for you because… isn’t gossip always important for everyone?


Couples who undergo in vitro fertilization often generate excess embryos that are never implanted but there are programs that allow couples to put those excess embryos up for adoption. Ove the past twenty years, hundreds of infertile couples have adopted embryos and they and the child have stayed in touch with the donors. Read more here.

This is important for you because adopting an embryo may be a less expensive or otherwise more appealing option than IVF or adopting a baby.

Sleep apnea may increase risk of pregnancy complications

A study of more than 1.5 million pregnant women in the US found that those with sleep apnea had to stay in the hospital longer and were more likely to need time in the ICU. They also had an increased risk of preeclampsia and eclampsia. Diagnosing sleep apnea during pregnancy may allow doctors to intervene now and positively impact their cardiovascular and metabolic health later. Read more here.

This is important for you because if you are having trouble sleeping, or have had sleep issues in the past, now is definitely a good time to have it checked out.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week, just in time for summer, was How To Deal With Heavy Sweating During Pregnancy. Good tips are to drink lots of water, hang out in air conditioned places like malls and movie theaters, and don’t wear super tight clothing. Read it here.

Diana Gitig
Dr. Diana Gitig has a Ph.D. in cell biology and genetics from Cornell University, and has been writing about issues in biology – from molecular biology to cancer to immunology to neuroscience to nutrition to agriculture - for the past fifteen years. She has three teenaged children.

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