Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending July 18, 2021. 

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Tylenol during pregnancy

Does taking Tylenol when you’re pregnant increase your baby’s risk of developing ADHD?  A bunch of  studies on the topic have been collated, and the upshot is…probably not. Read more here.

This is important for you because it provides a valuable way to assess scary, sensationalist headlines and really examine the data and risks.

Work/ life balance and having it all

Hope Hodge Seck, a reporter, is stepping back from the successful career she loved to swap places with her stay-at-home dad husband. For her, work in the current environment became too all consuming. Read her thoughtful essay here.

This is important for you because still, in this day and age, “The physical and emotional labor of parenting is, for the most part, unseen, uncredited, and unending.” 

The Natural Mother of the Child

Are transgender and non-binary parents who give birth to babies and care for them “mothers”? Krys Malcolm Belc writes about his pregnancy, childbearing, and parenting in this new memoir. Read more here.

This is important for you because there are so far very few models of transmasculine parents; each one is valuable.

The Finnish baby box

Finnish babies, and parents, start their new life with a box from their government containing essentials. The practice began in 1937 for poor Finns, but as of 1949 everyone gets one. The catch is, the mother needs to get prenatal care. Finns, obviously, love them. Read more here.

This is important for you because there are some benefits to socialized medicine.

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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