Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending March 7, 2021. 

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Maybe don’t smoke up

In people trying to conceive who had suffered a pregnancy loss in the past, smoking weed made them less fertile–even though they more sex. Read more here.

This is important for you because when you’re trying to get pregnant may not be the best time to toke up.

Detransition, Baby

A pregnancy can throw anyone’s life into disarray. In this novel, Torrey Peters’ debut, a pregnancy upends the lives of three women: one cis, one trans, and one detransitioned. Read more here.

This is important for you because the reviewer claims that it “fearlessly navigates the most dangerous taboos around gender, sex, and relationships.”

COVID-19 antibodies

If you are pregnant, and get COVID-19, you can pass your antibodies on to your fetus so it might have a slight degree of protection as soon as it’s born. Read more here.

This is important for you because although many details are still unknown–what kind of antibodies, when they are transferred, how protective they are–it is still comforting, and suggests that vaccination might have a similar effect.

Don’t worry

It is natural to feel a bit of worry during pregnancy. But for some, this worry becomes debilitating. Pamela Weigartz, a clinical psychologist at Harvard, advises cognitive behavioral strategies to distinguish between productive and unproductive worry and deal better with both. Read more here.

This is important for you because there are a lot of unknowns in the near future. A complete lack of worry would be worrisome, but if worries are overtaking your life know that there are methods to help you manage them.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Dodging Pink and Blue: How to Avoid Gendered Baby Gifts. 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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