Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending September 16, 2018. 

Sex Ed Works

Sex ed aims to prevent teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, to help teens delay their first sexual encounter and limit the number of partners they have, and ideally to negotiate the complicated dynamics of consent. It can achieve all of that, but there is no one-size-fits-all program; the curriculum must be tailored to each community. Read more here.

This is important for you because you’ll be astonished at how soon the baby who’s in your belly will be asking how she got there.

Black Mamas Conference

The Black Mamas Matter Alliance will host the first (hopefully annual) Black Maternal Health Conference and Training Institute on December 7-9, 2018, in Atlanta, Georgia. Content will focus on policy, care, research, culture shift, and assorted other topics. Learn more and register here.

This is important for you because Black Mamas do Matter.

Breast Milk Depot

The University of Connecticut is joining the Mother’s Milk Bank, through which mothers can donate their breast milk. The donated milk is pasteurized and frozen for other mothers, who may not be able to make their own milk, to feed to their fragile babies in the NICU. Read more here.

This is important for you because breast milk is healthiest for babies, especially sick babies. This is a great option for mothers who need it but can’t generate it for whatever reason.

Gwyneth Paltrow is Not a Doctor

Goop claimed that the jade eggs they sell for $66 “could balance hormones, regulate menstrual cycles, prevent uterine prolapse, and increase bladder control” if you put them in your vagina. Now, they are paying $145,000 to settle a consumer protection suit over the scientifically unsubstantiated claims. If you bought an egg, you are entitled to a refund. Read more here.

This is important for you because she’s really pretty and all, but try to get medical information and advice from people who know things.

The most popular articles on The Pulse this week were I’m Pregnant and My Doctor Said My Vitamin D Is Low and Recommendations And Benefits Of Exercising During Pregnancy. Read them here and here, respectively.

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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