Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending October 17, 2021. 

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!

Click here to Register.

Pandemic Pregnancies

Pregnancy can be difficult, and that difficulty has been amplified over the past year and a half. Read more here.

This is important for you because this is really, really tough. But you are not alone. 

What can we learn from embryos?

Scientists are allowed to grow human embryos in a lab for longer than fourteen days, about a week after they would have implanted in the womb. Studying them will hopefully shed light on normal development, the causes of pregnancy loss, and congenital birth defects. Read more here.

This is important for you because the entire body plan is set in the third week of gestation, between days 14 and 21. Models of embryos have been invaluable, but some insights can only be gleaned by studying the real thing.

Period. End of Sentence.

This Oscar winning Netflix film about Indian women and girls taking charge of their destinies inspired a book of the same name to further raise awareness of period poverty and injustice worldwide. Too many people miss school because they don’t have access to, or can’t afford, menstrual products (which are often taxed). Read more here.

This is important for you because menstruating should not hinder people from opportunities. We have tools to deal with this.

Artificial ovaries

Artificial ovaries could help women who had cancer as kids become fertile, and could be a better hormone delivery option for transgender women. They have been implanted into mice, and humans may be on the way at some point in the future. But plenty of questions remain. Read more here.

This is important for you because even without the fertility implications, artificial ovaries may be beneficial for women with endocrine issues.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was COVID-19 Vaccination is Better Than Natural Immunity. 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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