Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending May 29, 2022. 

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Rihanna and A$AP Rocky’s baby boy

Rihanna gave birth to a baby boy on May 13. They have not yet announced his name though. Read more here.

This is important for you because it will definitely be inspiring to see her look as amazing as a new mom as she did when she was pregnant.

It’s actually not always all about sex

For most organisms on this planet, reproduction is not achieved through sex. Prokaryotes–single celled organisms whose genetic material is loose rather than sequestered inside a nucleus, like bacteria–reproduce by fission: splitting into two daughter cells. What relationship do you think the initial cell bears to those two? Read more here.

This is important for you because the way we think about reproduction “underpins our ability to define species, the search for alien life and the concept of evolution.” Kind of a big deal.

Cool mom

This sweatshirt proudly declares who you are and looks super cozy to change into after breast milk leaks through onto your real shirt. See it here.

This is important for you because obviously you’re not going to be just a regular mom; you’ll be a cool mom. Flaunt it.

I’ll Show Myself Out

Jessi Klein’s new book reinvisons motherhood as a variant of an archetypal hero’s journey, except instead of a man leaving his family behind to travel to a faraway realm to slay dragons or whatever, you’re “just” spending years going about the largely thankless, completely relentless work of rearing a baby. Read an excerpt here.

This is important for you because take your epiphanies where and whenever they find you.

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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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