Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending January 31, 2021. 

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Halsey’s having a baby

The singer announces her pregnancy on Instagram. She had previously had some fertility issues and a miscarriage, so she is super excited. Read more here.

This is important for you because these pictures are gorgeous.


Squeezing that embryo into shape

Genes and proteins are obviously important factors in embryonic development, but so are the mechanical forces pushing and pulling on that ball of cells in the womb. These have not really been researched in the past, but that is finally starting to change. Read more here.

This is important for you because it’s amazing that we still don’t really know how organs form.

COVID-19 vaccines recommended for pregnant people in Israel

Pregnant women were not included in COVID-19 vaccine trials, so while it was expected that the vaccines would be safe for them, it was not known for sure. Now that many more people have been vaccinated we know a lot more. In Israel, about a quarter of the population has already been vaccinated; their Ministry of Health just updated their guidelines to recommend that pregnant people get vaccinated. It is the first country to explicitly do so. Read more here.

This is important for you because as more people around the world get vaccinated, we will have a lot more information about the various vaccines and will be able to make more informed decisions.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Pulling While Pushing: A Traditional Practice in Today’s Labor Ward. 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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