Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending April 8, 2018.

Free 3- and Pre-K for All (in NYC)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has started to institute the free childcare program that was one of the pillars of his campaign. The pre-K submission deadline was March 30, but late applications will be accepted until May 2. Get more information here.

This is important for you because if you live in New York City – and have a 3 or 4-year-old – this could free up some time for you to bond with your new baby.

Sucking Snot is Even Worse Than It Sounds

The NoseFrida, better known to parents as the Snotsucker, is a handy little gadget marketed, and used, for sucking snot out of sick babies’ noses to relieve their congestion. With your mouth. Hopefully it will come as a shock to exactly no one that parents can get sick this way. Read more here.

This is important for you because ew, ew, ew, ew, ew.

Pregnant Women Can Take Care of Themselves

In a move stunning for its non-paternalism, the Mayo Clinic is encouraging high risk pregnant women to take care of themselves. It is giving them the equipment to monitor their own blood pressure, fetal heart rate, and other conditions, which allows them to get away with fewer visits to the doctor. They can contact a nurse if they have any questions. Read more here.

This is important for you because it is nice to see the medical establishment empowering women to take care of themselves, and especially for accommodating women with risky pregnancies for whom getting to the doctor so frequently can be difficult.

You’re pregnant?! OMG!!

Nancy Redd, Miss Virginia 2003, felt duped by her first pregnancy. She was pissed that nobody ever told her – or showed her – what it would really be like. To spare other women, she has written a book – Pregnancy OMG! – that promises to do exactly that. Unlike most other pregnancy books, which are arranged chronologically, this one is arranged by body part – and filled with photos. Read more here.

This is important for you because if you are alarmed by anything your body is doing differently during pregnancy – chances are some other woman’s body has done it before, and that knowledge can definitely help you through it.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Preparing For Pregnancy When You Have Diabetes. Read this interesting and informative article 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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