Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending September 5, 2021. 

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

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

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Expecting Better, Again

Emily Oster has revised and updated her book Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong–and What You Really Need to Know. This new version has a forward by the obstetrician Nathan Fox and addresses cannabis use during pregnancy (“caution is still warranted”). She also reads the audiobook. Read more here.

This is important for you because she has a really data-driven, rational, but easy to understand way of helping you make decisions and deal with risk.

More abortion restrictions

In Texas it is now illegal to get an abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, at around six weeks- BEFORE many women even know that they are pregnant. No exceptions for rape or any other reason. And just to make everyone feel like they are in a police state where they live in constant fear of being ratted out by their neighbors, part of the law is: anyone associated with an abortion can get ratted out by their neighbors. Anyone who suspects an abortion can sue the provider, the driver, or anyone they think may have aided and abetted the abortion–except, of course, the man who caused the unwanted pregnancy in the first place. The law was signed in May but went into effect this week, with the approval of the Supreme Court. Read more here.

This is important for you because “The way the bill is structured incentivizes vigilante lawsuits that will harass abortion providers and those who support providing abortions in Texas,” Adriana Piñon, an attorney at the Texas chapter of ACLU, told CNN. 

Pete and Chasten 

The Buttigieges are adopting a baby! Read more here.

This is important for you because if his fathers are the role models they seem to be, this kid will be one well dressed baby for you to emulate. 

Baby bats (do do do do do do)

Bat babies babble before they start to speak, just like human babies do. They are the first non-primate mammals that have been found to do so, so this discovery might help researchers understand the neural processes required for mammalian communication. Read more here.

This is important for you because it is nice to have something positive to associate with bats these days.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was An A-Z of Summer Produce for a Healthy 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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