Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending May 30, 2021. 

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Undoing Trump’s ban on fetal-tissue research

President Trump had forbidden federally funded researchers to use fetal tissue in their experiments, but now they can resume doing so. The tissue is obtained from elective abortions and it is one of the best tools we have to study certain illnesses. Read more here.

This is important for you because these cells could help pave the way for promising therapies.

Working out during pregnancy is good for you and your baby (in mice)

Mouse moms fed a high fat diet passed on metabolic dysregulation to their pups (weirdly, only their male ones) that lasted until the pups were adults. But if the moms ran while pregnant their pups were fine, resembling the pups of moms who were fed normal chow. Yes, that’s actually a technical scientific term. Read more here.

This is important for you because go work out!!

Fertile trans men

There is much legislation currently on the table in a number of states to prevent or limit young trans people from fully transitioning, even though evidence has shown that their lives often depend upon it. In yet another example of lawmaker’s endless fixation on female bodies and their role as baby incubators (not their only role, mind you), much of this legislation harps on the idea that transitioning will limit fertility in trans men. Even if it does, it’s none of their business. Read more here.

This is important for you because if trans men want to get pregnant, let them. If they want to save their eggs, let them. If they don’t, let them. Seriously, what’s wrong with people?

Irish names

If you are of Irish descent – as almost ten percent of Americans claim to be – or even if you’re not, you might want to check out this list of beautiful traditional names. Read more here.

This is important for you because we could definitely use some more baby Fionn’s and Aiofe’s running around.

The most important article on The Pulse this week was Secondary Infertility: A Common and Emotional Diagnosis. 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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