Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending January 6, 2019. 

Complications as Premonitions

Complications during pregnancy may be warnings of other health problems that can crop up later. Women who get gestational diabetes, for example, have an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes as they age, and those with preeclampsia have an increased risk of hypertension. Read more here.

This is important for you because if you’ve experienced pregnancy complications, make sure to tell your doctor and get regular check ups and monitoring throughout your life.


CBD oil, THC’s gentler cousin, is slated to be one of the hottest ingredients of 2019. Since it has only recently come into vogue, it is not especially regulated and there are not many studies on its safety during pregnancy. Read more here.

This is important for you because this trendy substance is going to show up in all sorts of products this year. Do your research and talk to your doctor before indulging.


Kind of like a pre-nup. This contract aims to ensure that your partner will share child rearing responsibilities with you in a manner satisfactory to you both. Read more here.

This is important for you because even if you don’t formalize it quite so much, it is probably worth at least discussing these things before the baby is born so everyone knows what is expected.

Lactation Legislation

San Francisco has the country’s strongest laws requiring that employers must provide suitable accommodation for breastfeeding and milk pumping. Katy Tang, who passed it, refers to it as “one of her proudest accomplishments.” Read more here.

This is important for you because women are running for office in record numbers – imagine how they can change our world.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Talking To Your Bump – What Are The Benefits? You can 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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