Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending January 13, 2019. 

Four West

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are having a fourth baby, and they are using a surrogate again. Read more here.

This is important for you because isn’t everything the Kardashians do important for everyone?

Mother’s milk

“Along with the proteins, minerals, vitamins, fats, and sugars that nourish an infant, the antibodies that help fight infection, and the growth factors that aid in tissue development, milk contains a cocktail of hormones, including the stress hormone cortisol.” This hormone could stress your baby out – but it can also help her brain learn to adapt to stressful situations later in life. Read more here.

This is important for you because all the ways in which mother’s milk affects babies are not even remotely understood. But if you can manage it, nursing is healthiest for both you and your baby.

Throwing a baby shower?

These party favors are affordable, adorable, and some can even double as centerpieces during your bash. See them here.

This is important for you because who doesn’t need more lip balm and bath bombs this time of year?

Heart rate and so much more

Wearable devices can measure baby’s blood pressure, when mom is ovulating, and even dad’s sperm count. The companies collecting all of this personal medical data have to deal with how to analyze it all – and how to keep it all private. Read more here.

This is important for you because if you like to monitor your family’s vital signs at home – you’re in luck this year.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Ways To Involve Your Partner During Pregnancy. 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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