Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

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For the Week Ending July 4, 2021. 

 

More than 12,000 pregnant and recently pregnant women are already participating. Help us understand the impact of COVID-19 on pregnancy and babies. Be a part of it!

Click here to Register.

So many pretty embryos

The winner of the Olympus Image of the Year Award 2020 is a picture of a rat embryo; a photo of African house snake embryonic skin won for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. See them and the other prize winning pics here.

This is important for you because these beautiful microscopic and biological images, and embryogenesis, are amazing.

Baby bust

The birthrate in the US continues to drop. The pandemic certainly didn’t help this trend, but it didn’t start it either. Read more here.

This is important for you because less competition for your little one to get into college?

More DHA is associated with fewer preemies 

Most prenatal supplements contain 200mg of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid important for brain development. A study of over 1000 pregnant women just indicated that 1000mg is more effective at reducing early preterm birth, especially in women who have low DHA to begin with.  Read more here.

This is important for you because talk to your doctor about the potential benefits and risks of increasing your DHA intake.

Pregnancy as a Time Machine

Gestational diabetes may not just be gestational; women who have it are at an elevated risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease later in life. Other pregnancy complications have been likewise linked to future trouble; hypertensive disorders during pregnancy can foreshadow hypertensive disorders down the road. Read more here.

This is important for you because “what happens in pregnancy can be a precursor to future health.”

The most popular blog in The Pulse this week was Breastfeeding After Breast Cancer: Every Case Is Different. 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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