Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending October 16, 2022. 

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!

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Wildfire smoke is bad for babies 

The air quality in parts of California, like Fresno, is poor enough that it is not safe for pregnant people –or any people, really–to exercise outside. The problem is worst in low income areas, where residents often lack air conditioning so must open their windows to stay cool. Policy makers are just beginning to become aware of the problem and take actions toward alleviating it. Read more here.

This is important for you because urban policies from a hundred years ago helped entrench inequalities that are causing preterm births in redlined districts today.

Pregnancy and COVID-19

Pregnancy complications, especially preeclampsia, have increased among people who had COVID-19 when they were pregnant. It is still unclear why that may be. Read more here.

This is important for you because doctors and scientists are still unraveling the many, wide-ranging effects this virus has on people. 


Netflix’s Blonde is about Marilyn Monroe – kind of. Much of it isn’t accurate. Like her fantasy CGI pregnancy and the sentient, telepathic fetus she calls “Baby.” Read more here.

This is important for you because this show is based on a novel. It’s fiction. We can’t know anyone’s inner life, much less a star’s like her.


Kendra Rhoden took a trip when she was seven months pregnant, which is generally considered safe. Her water broke on the flight, and nurses on board helped her give birth. Obviously, she named her son Skylan. Read more here.

This is important for you because it may not have been the birth experience she anticipated, but she ended up with a cute story–and a cute name.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was 25 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Midwife or OB-GYN. 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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