Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending March 29, 2020. 

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Home or hospital?

If you got pregnant before the coronavirus hit you will probably not have the birth experience you were anticipating. As many fear that hospitals become overtaxed, some pregnant women are opting for a home birth instead. Read more here.

This is important for you because if you are due in the next few months, you might want to discuss this option with your doctor–even if you never would have considered it under other, normal circumstances.


Working from home with kids is difficult for everyone. No one knows that better than Robert Kelly, whose kids crashed his BBC interview back in 2017. He (and his progeny) are back with some advice on how to deal. Read more here.

This is important for you because even if it is not helpful or comforting, at least it’s pretty cute. 

Postpartum PTSD

Unlike depression, PTSD can have a particular trigger that mentally puts you back in the moment of trauma. And women whose pregnancies or births do not go as smoothly as anticipated can get it. Read more here.

This is important for you because your atypical experience this go round might impact how you experience your next pregnancy. And that’s ok, especially now that you’re aware and prepared.

Baby Chang

In the second season of Ugly Delicious, chef David Chang documents his wife Grace’s pregnancy all the way through the birth of their son Hugo and focuses on feeding babies and children. Read more here.

This is important for you because Chang’s Momofuku restaurants are amazing. Hopefully they will pull through this COVID-19 crisis ok.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Tips to Eat Eggs Safely During Pregnancy. 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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