Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

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For the Week Ending September 12, 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.

Don’t believe Dr. Christiane Northrup

Dr. Christine Northrup, an OB/GYN, is one of the primary spreaders of COVID and other medical misinformation online. She has falsely claimed that COVID vaccines can adversely affect fertility, but there is no data at all to support that claim. By discouraging people from getting vaccinated against COVID, she has deaths on her hands. Read more here.

This is important for you because Northrup has written that  “ovulation is ruled by the moon” and “disease is not created until a woman is frustrated in effecting changes that she needs to make in her life.” She is NOT CREDIBLE. COVID can harm you; COVID shots, while they may make you feel sick for a day, are much less likely to do so. Get vaccinated.

God as mother

The liturgy of the Jewish High Holidays is filled with imagery of God as a King and Father, but Mara H. Benjamin, the chair of the Jewish studies program at Mount Holyoke College, contends that God’s role as mother is just as valuable a metaphor. In her book The Obligated Self: Maternal Subjectivity and Jewish Thought she argues that all of the physical and emotional work necessary to care for young children can help us reframe our relationship with divinity. Read more here.

This is important for you because while mothering has traditionally been demeaned as “women’s work,” it can just as easily be considered Godly work.

The US Justice Department vs. Texas

The Justice Department is suing Texas over their Gestapo-inspired law to prevent abortions by encouraging people to sue anyone and everyone who they suspect might have helped women who want abortions to get them. Read more here.

This is important for you because “It is settled constitutional law that ‘a State may not prohibit any woman from making the ultimate decision to terminate her pregnancy before viability,’” the lawsuit reads. “But Texas has done just that.”

No, COVID won’t make your baby dumber

A preprint (a scientific paper that has not yet undergone peer review) has suggested that babies born during the pandemic have dramatically lower IQs. But the study is highly problematic, as is the use of IQ as a measure of cognition. Read more here.

This is important for you because don’t believe everything you read.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Pregistry’s Friday Recipe: S’mores Snack Mix. 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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