Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending August 29, 2021. 

COVID-19 Vaccines International Pregnancy Exposure Registry (C-VIPER)

More than 8,000 pregnant vaccinated women are already participating in our survey.

Help us understand the impact of COVID-19 vaccines on pregnancy and babies. Be a part of it!

Click here to Register.

Black Breastfeeding Week

The ninth annual Black Breastfeeding Week is right now, August 25-31. It was established in response to racial disparities in breastfeeding and infant mortality rates, among other reasons. Learn about local and virtual events and donate here.

This is important for you because breastfeeding is the healthiest choice for all human mothers and infants, if it is feasible. 

Is Kylie pregnant?

Some fans think that Kylie Jenner might be pregnant because of pictures of her manicures they saw online. Read more here.

This is important for you as a reminder that social media is completely out of control.

COVID vaccines do not affect fertility (but COVID might)

Despite the panic you may have seen online, COVID vaccines do not cause infertility, in women or men. In contrast, COVID- which is prevented or at least severely mitigated by the COVID vaccine- has been shown to cause reproductive problems. Read more here.

This is important for you because please get vaccinated if you haven’t already. And encourage everyone around you to do the same to keep you and your growing baby safe.

The Pink House

There is one abortion clinic in Mississippi. One. In the whole state. And now Mississippi is asking the Supreme Court to close it and ban abortions nationwide. Mississippi has the highest infant mortality rate in the country, and is one of the top states for maternal mortality. Children only get health care from the state until they are 6 months old. Read more here.

This is important for you because the US is not Gilead – yet. As amazing as it is to be able to have a baby when you want to, it is equally essential to not have one when you don’t.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was New Sperm Tests Offer Answers to Male Infertility Questions. 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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