Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending March 31, 2019.

The Vagina Bible

Twitter’s favorite OB/GYN, Jen Gunter, has penned this book that will remain useful long after you have given birth. It comes out this summer. Read more here.

This is important for you because even after you push that baby out, you will still need that vagina.

Birdie Mae

Jessica Simpson had a baby – her third – and it’s a girl. She and her husband, former football player Eric Johnson, named her Birdie Mae. Read more here.

This is not important for you. But still, it’s a cute name.

A Ph.D. in Pumping

Private nursing and pumping facilities have been turning up in all kinds of places – corporate and government offices, sports stadiums, airports – but not so much in labs. New moms who are scientists can have unique issues, like working in remote field locations or with dangerous substances. Read more here.

This is important for you because new mothers are at early stages of all different types of careers, and many of them still face challenges.


This book-length rumination on the transition to motherhood – i.e. pregnancy – features watercolors painted by the Italian artist Alessandro Sanna accompanying a poem by Paola Quintivalle. Read more here.

This is important for you because you can enjoy the book now – and your little one will enjoy it at bedtime in a few years!

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was What You Need to Know About Thyroid Diseases and Pregnancy. Graves’ disease, Hashimoto’s disease, and postpartum thyroiditis – autoimmune disease that can be induced by pregnancy and affect immune function – are all treatable. 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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