Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending February 20, 2022. 

COVID-19 Vaccines International Pregnancy Exposure Registry (C-VIPER)

More than 8,000 pregnant vaccinated women are already participating in our survey.

Help us understand the impact of COVID-19 vaccines on pregnancy and babies. Be a part of it!

Click here to Register

Breast milk shortage

Milk banks rely upon donations, but they are drying up as many nursing mothers head back to work. In the meantime, an infection with COVID-19 if you’re not vaccinated can increase the risk of having a premature baby, and they need breast milk the most.  Read more here.

This is important for you because if you can, consider donating your milk to babies in the NICU.

AND formula shortage

Baby formula, like many other items, also seems to be scarce on grocery store shelves. “Some of the shortages are related to procuring the raw materials, some of it in production, some of it is in packaging… and then labor shortages in the factory, transportation.” Read more here.

This is important for you because if you can, breastfeeding your baby is healthiest for both of you.

The Vast Wonder of the World

This lovely picture book describes the life of Ernest Everett Just, who discovered how life begins by studying fertilized sand dollar eggs in the 1930s. Read more here.

This is important for you because it is perfect to read to a little one; you will enjoy it too.

Control: The dark history and troubling present of eugenics

Unfortunately, eugenics–the idea that some people have “better” genes than others, and only they can or should be allowed to procreate or receive societal benefits–did not begin or end with the Nazis. This book traces the nefarious notion back to Plato and outlines how eugenic ideas and practices still exist in the forms of sex selection and population control. Read more here.

This is important for you because it is essential to know about this horrific history so we can make sure that it doesn’t repeat itself.

Pregistry’s the best!

Pregistry has received an award from Global Health and Pharma for being the “Best Pregnancy & Lactation Information Platform.” The award specifically commended Pregistry for gathering such a large community of people who are pregnant and lactating in order to develop and carry out powerful observational studies on drug safety in this population. Read more here.

This is important for you because you’re already here- you’re ahead of the game!

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Why Won’t My Baby Sleep in Their Crib? 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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