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Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending September 11, 2022. 

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

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The Long Answer

This debut novel’s title refers to all of the possibilities and choices involved in conception, pregnancy, and childbirth. It starts with two pregnant sisters, but since the author is a therapist, we get stories of many other women as well. Read more here.

This is important for you because motherhood seems to be a hot topic in fiction these days. Enjoy.

So what is growing in your womb, exactly?

Different cultures have always held different views on the status of a fetus and if it is a person. They’ve also held different views about what a person even is. Read more here.

This is important for you because ever since ancient times, “attitudes toward abortion were less about the fetus itself and more about regulation and control.” 

Mother Brain

Being a parent changes you, and the changes you perceive in yourself are quite literally in your head. Chelsea Conaboy writes about the neuroscience behind these changes, which is much more complicated–and much more fascinating–than simply “mother’s intuition” or “maternal instinct.” Read more here.

This is important for you because caring for a baby changes your brain, whether you birthed that baby or not.

NIH community-based maternal health challenge

The National Institutes of Health just launched a $3 million Connecting the Community for Maternal Health Challenge competition to encourage community-based and advocacy organizations in the United States to develop the infrastructure and capabilities needed for maternal health research. In addition to competing for cash prizes, participating organizations will receive training and mentoring in writing research proposals and building maternal health research infrastructure. Read more here.

This is important for you because the maternal mortality rate in this country, especially among minority mothers, is abysmal. 

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was The Biology of Pregnancy Part 7: Growth Accelerates. 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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