Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending May 17, 2020. 

Harvard University and Pregistry team up and you can help!

Participate in this short online and confidential survey about your health and wellbeing as a pregnant or post-partum woman during the COVID-19 pandemic. You will see answers at the end! Click here.

Storytime with Meghan

Meghan Markle read Duck! Rabbit! to baby Archie for his first birthday, and Harry videoed the whole thing to raise money for children affected by COVID-19. Watch it here.

This is important for you because reading to kids is always a good idea.

X Æ A-12

Don’t be intimidated; this is just the name of Elon Musk’s new baby son. It’s pronounced “X Ash A 12.” His mother is Grimes, a musician. Read more here.

This is important for you because it expands the list of possible baby names? And whatever you come up with, if anyone in your family objects, just remind them how lucky they are that the name you chose is relatively normal.

Beware black plastic

Recycling plastic has the potential benefits of reducing waste. But recycled black plastic in particular is pretty toxic, since it is often made from electronic waste. It contains high levels of dioxins, and is NOT SAFE for babies to put in their mouths. Read more here.

This is important for you because it’s a good reminder to just buy wooden toys.


Alvin Ailey choreographed “Cry” as a birthday present for his mom. This week, Ailey women past and present performed it from their respective homes in honor of Mother’s Day. Watch this powerful collaboration here.

This is important for you because art is always important, but maybe especially now.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Tips for Pregnant Women to Physical Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Pandemic. 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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