Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

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For the Week Ending May 2, 2021. 

More than 12,000 pregnant and recently pregnant women are already participating. Help us understand the impact of COVID-19 on pregnancy and babies. Be a part of it!

Click here to Register.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe for pregnant women

A study of thousands of pregnant women has revealed no risk of either the Pfizer or the Moderna vaccines against COVID-19. Read more here.

This is important for you because if you haven’t gotten your shot yet, or if you’re debating about whether you should, make your appointment now.

Matrescence

This term for becoming a mother was coined by an anthropologist in the 1970s; it hearkens to adolescence, with all of the hormonally fueled growth, maturation, and change that that term conveys.  Miami based photographer Rose Marie Cromwell chronicles her own matrescence in her new book, Eclipse. Read more here

This is important for you because art and beauty are important for everyone.

LinkedIn

Now stay-at-home parents can network too; LinkedIn just made stay-at-home mom and dad official job titles. It is an attempt to help people using the site validate their employment gaps, which many are undergoing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.

This is important for you because you shouldn’t have to justify your life choices… but sometimes having easy terminology to explain them can be useful.

Now we know how sperm whales nurse

No one had been able to figure out how sperm whales maneuver their lower jaws so they could nurse–until Brian Skerry just caught it on film for National Geographic’s Secrets of the Whales documentary. Now we can see how the calf inserts its lower jaw into the mother’s mammary slit. Read more and see the footage here.

This is important for you because there are still mysteries left to be uncovered in this universe.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Abortion Rights in the United States Part 3: Planned Parenthood versus Casey. 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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