Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending February 2, 2020. 

A parenting book

Few things are valued in our culture as much as grit and stick-to-it-iveness. We are constantly bombarded with the message that anyone can do anything if they put their mind to it. But there is value in knowing when to give up, too, argues Rachel Friedman in her new book And Then We Grew Up: On Creativity, Potential, and the Imperfect Art of Adulthood. Read more here. 

 This is important for you because it’s great advice for you to periodically remind your children–and yourself.

And a birth control book

The IUD can be implanted in a woman’s body against her will; it can thus be used (by men) to control women. But it can also be an unrevealed long-term method of birth control, so it can also be used by women to control their own reproductive lives. Chikako Takeshita’s The Global Biopolitics of the IUD explores both sides of this coin. Read more here.

This is important for you because regardless of its nefarious history, an IUD might be a great birth control method when you’re done having kids. Turn the tables on the patriarchy.

No more period poverty

California, New York, New Hampshire and Illinois provide free menstrual products in public and charter schools. Missouri’s State Representative wants her state to follow suit. Read more here.

This is important for you because it’s important for everyone in society that girls not miss school because they can’t afford tampons.

Motherhood Sessions

According to Ira Glass, Motherhood Sessions “is a show about women and moms in moments of crisis and change.” The podcast is hosted by  Dr. Alexandra Sacks, a renowned reproductive psychiatrist. Read more here.

This is important for you because it’s practically free therapy.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Pregnancy Back Pain: When to Worry. If your back hurts for two weeks straight, tell your doctor. 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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