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Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending July 3, 2022. 

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“Birth of a Bee”

Worker bees grow from egg to larva to pupa to flying out of the hexagonal womb in their hive all in three weeks. Watch the whole thing here.

This is important for you because there will definitely be times you wished your offspring were born fully formed!

Bacteria and pregnancy

The vaginal and uterine microbiome differs in fertile and less fertile women, with fertile women harboring more of the Lactobacillus species. This species wasn’t shown to increase fertility, just to be associated with it; but this genus is known to ensure a low pH and they may help keep inflammation down.  Read more here.

This is important for you because it is amazing that we are still discovering more essential roles played by the bacteria within us.  

The best baby feeding gear

Eventually, that ball of cells growing inside you is going to become a baby who needs to eat solid food. You might be surprised at how much stuff is required to accomplish that task (and how much is marketed as required, but isn’t really). Luckily Eater’s editors have curated it for you. Read more here.

This is important for you because it all comes from Target! How convenient is that?

Breastfeeding isn’t free

One mom tracked how much time she spent nursing and pumping for the first six months of her son’s life. On average, almost 3 hours a day. Read more here.

This is important for you because “Even in the best-case scenario, breastfeeding isn’t free. It costs money for the supplies that keep a nursing mother comfortable and healthy enough to keep producing milk. And it costs time…A society that truly values breastfeeding would assume some of the costs associated with nursing, rather than pretending they don’t exist.”

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Crohn’s Disease: Issues for Pregnancy. 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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