Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

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For the Week Ending May 19, 2019. 

Podcasting moms

Call Your Mother is a podcast run by kveller that features interviews with Jewish mothers. In case you didn’t pick up on it from the title, the guilt is implied. Read more here.

This is important for you because like all stereotypes, that of the overbearing Jewish mother is due to be debunked and this just may be the vehicle to do it.

Scientist moms

For women in academic research, when they want to have babies often coincides with the earliest and most vulnerable parts of their career – when they are graduate students, postdocs, or assistant professors. Most universities do not have adequate parental leave plans for them, largely because the US government doesn’t mandate it. Things are looking up at certain universities, but there is still a long way to go. Read more here.

This is important for you because if we want women to continue contributing scientifically, we must give them the tools to do so while they are starting their families.

Podcasting scientists moms

The Story Collider features stories told by scientists; this very special episode highlights two of them as they become mothers. Read more here.

This is important for you because everyone experiences motherhood differently – scientists just analyze it more. We can all learn from, and be entertained by, their stories.

Eat those nuts

Pregnant women because can be scared to eat nuts because of allergies, but new work suggests that eating them – especially during the first trimester – can be good for your baby’s cognition. Nuts contain many nutrients known to be important for fetal brain development, like folic acid and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Read more here.

This is important for you because nuts are a healthy snack at any time in your life.

The most popular articles on The Pulse this week were Is There an Addiction to Buying Baby Clothes? and Cervical Insufficiency: A Cause of Premature Birth and Rare Maternal Sepsis. Read them here and 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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