Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

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For the Week Ending May 24, 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.

COVID-19 and pregnancy: a review

The International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics has published an article entitled “A systematic scoping review of COVID‐19 during pregnancy and childbirth.” It concluded: ”COVID‐19 infection during pregnancy probably has a clinical presentation and severity resembling that in non‐pregnant adults. It is probably not associated with poor maternal or perinatal outcomes.” Read more here.

This is important for you because !!!

Call the Midwife

Jenny has just qualified to be a midwife in East London in the 1950s, and her first assignment lands her in… a convent. This BBC show chronicles how she navigates this unexpected turn of events. Watch it here.

This is important for you because we’ve been staying home for months now. Everyone needs new shows to watch.

Everything I Needed to Know (About Mothering) I learned from Orangutans

Orangutans raise their young as single mothers. They teach their own daughters, by example, how to raise their own young. They also taught this budding anthropologist. Read more here.

This is important for you because inspiring though they may be, don’t get too inspired; orangutan moms also breastfeed for seven years.

Celebrity quarantine with kids

As the weeks pass and the weather warms, keeping kids occupied in isolation is not getting any easier. Even Kim Kardashian is having a rough time with her brood. Read more here.

This is important for you because being home all day every day with children means lots of cooking and laundry, no matter who you are.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Will Breastfeeding Rates Increase During Lockdown? 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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