Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

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For the Week Ending January 20, 2019. 

Family leave in California

California’s new governor, Gavin Newsom, intends to pass the nation’s most comprehensive family leave plan: six months of paid leave each time a new baby is born or adopted into the family. California’s current law dictates three months paid leave – and it is already the most in the country. Newsom also intends to lower the cost of education, from preschool through college. Read more here.

This is important for you because California has a large workforce and a large economy – if it can pull this off, hopefully other states will be inspired to follow suit.

Act Natural

You can do this. Seriously, you can. And you don’t need a shelf full of how-to books either. Sure, turn to your mom and your friends who have been through it before for advice, but – as Jennifer Traig notes in her new book – parenting trends and advice have pedulumed so much over the course of history that you should feel free to disregard most of them. Read more here.

This is important for you because follow your gut is the type of non-judgemental, non-meddling parenting advice that anyone can follow.

No time for complacency

As memories of the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic fade, rates of flu vaccinations have stagnated. Getting vaccinated is the best way to keep you and your growing baby safe from the flu.

This is important for you because if you haven’t yet, get a flu shot.

Baby Shark

Pinkfrog, an educational brand backed by K-pop groups, just made its debut on the Billboard top 100 chart and the UK Top 40 with this hit song. “Making a Top 40 list is far from easy,” according to an article in the NY Times. “Jimi Hendrix made it to Billboard’s just once. Wu-Tang Clan never made it.” Watch the video here, but be warned: it may stay in your head forever.

This is important for you because your baby’s going to love stuff like this – better get used to it.

Bacterial vaginosis pregnancy

The most popular article on The Pulse this week, by a lot, was Bacterial Vaginosis During Pregnancy. This common infection results when other bacterial species crowd out the Lactobacillus that normally live down there, and causes a stinky discharge. 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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