Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending October 4, 2020. 

A collaboration of Pregistry and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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In Unpregnant, on HBO Max, a high school senior gets pregnant. To get unpregnant, she must take a ride through our country’s reproductive health system. Watch a clip here.

This is important for you because you’ll be glad you’re not in high school anymore-

French dads get twice as much paid leave

Paid paternity leave in France has just been doubled, from fourteen days to twenty-eight. And seven of those days are mandatory!! Now they are in line with other large countries in Europe; we still lag far behind. Read more here.

This is important for you because when international travel becomes viable again, this is a pretty generous proposition.

Breakthrough Prize for parenting neural circuits

Catherine Dulac has just won a Breakthrough Prize, one of the most prestigious and lucrative in biology, for her work showing that the same neural pathways governing sex specific behaviors (like parenting styles) are present in male and female mice. Read more here.

This is important for you because research into how sex differences are mediated should be rewarded.

B-baller’s beautiful breasts

Six-foot-eight-inch tall Liz Cambage, who plays on the Las Vegas Aces WNBA team, has long been familiar with the different standards around men’s and women’s bodies. In her photo shoot for Playboy,  she talks about how amazing breasts are. Read more here.

This is important for you because while we might not all be able to relate to being a pro athlete or being in Playboy, we can probably all relate to being judged and treated differently from the men around us.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week and for a long time, although there were a few pretty popular ones this week, was 5 Tips for When Your Baby is Kicking Your bladder or Punching You From the Inside Out!  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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