Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending September 22, 2019. 

Please Don’t Buy This

There is such a thing as a pulsating umbilical cord iphone charger because – I don’t know why there is one. We’re too attached to/dependent on our phones I guess? Regardless, it’s gross. See it here.

This is important for you because you need to avoid it.


If it feels like that fetus is kicking you pretty hard – that’s because it is. Scientists have just measured the actual force of fetal movements to try to get a sense of what falls in the normal range. Read more here.

This is important for you because although those kicks can be jarring, remember that those developing bones and muscles need exercise too!

Come again?

Male orgasm is obviously necessary for conception, but there was a theory that female organism has no evolutionary purpose. Another theory, however, holds that female orgasm can play a role in conception by (1) stimulating male ejaculation; (2) moving the sperm up toward the egg; and (3) helping choose the right mate, since females orgasm more when they are with a partner they like better. Read more here.

This is important for you because – actually, the evolutionary importance of an orgasm isn’t really the point, now is it?

Women’s Health Study

Harvard, NIH, and… Apple are partnering on a new long term Women’s Health Study. Apple’s new Research App will help users participate in the study and will be available to download for free from the App Store by the end of the year. Read more here.

This is important for you because more information from more women about pregnancy, infertility, and menstruation can help everyone.

The most popular articles on The Pulse this week were Everything You Need to Know About Amniotic Fluid and How to Wear Your Hair During Labor. Read them here and 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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