Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending September 18, 2022. 

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Fiona and Fritz

The new baby hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo finally got his name: Fritz. The second choice name was Ferguson. They seem to like alliteration in Cincinnati.  Read more here.

This is important for you because maybe now Rihanna will be inspired to release her son’s name?

Diary of a Void

The protagonist of this new Japanese novel actively uses a pregnancy to rebel against gender discrimination, subverting the standard practice of having the pregnancy used against women to promote and justify such discrimination. Read more here.

This is important for you because fiction is a great way to explore how pregnancy can, should, and should not change your life and your role in society.

Babies and seniors

A nursing home in Japan is inducing babies to visit by offering formula and diapers for the babies and tea for the moms. The elderly residents LOVE having the babies around, so everyone wins. Read more here.

This is important for you because it is absolutely genius. When you’re desperate for an activity or a destination for your baby or toddler, consider visiting a local nursing home.

Jennifer Lawrence as a mom

The Hunger Games star had her first baby, a boy named Cy, in February. She said, “The morning after I gave birth, I felt like my whole life had started over.” Read more here.

This is important for you because she also said, “It’s so scary to talk about motherhood. Only because it’s so different for everybody.” 

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was The Biology of Pregnancy Part 11: Transitioning to the 3rd Trimester. 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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