Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending October 24, 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.

COVID (and other) vaccines are safe in pregnancy

COVID vaccines are safe. They will protect you and your baby from COVID, which is most definitely not safe. But how can we know that there are no serious long term effects? The same way we can know that the sun will rise tomorrow: we can’t, but all the evidence we have from the past suggests it. People have been using vaccines safely for centuries. Millions of pregnant people have had the COVID vaccine by now, and no increased risk of birth complications or miscarriage have been seen. Read more here.

This is important for you because COVID is dangerous for pregnant people. Please get vaccinated if you haven’t already.

No ovarian stem cells found

The first single cell analysis of human ovaries has not found any ovarian stem cells. In 2004 researchers thought they had found the cell type in mice, upending the conventional wisdom that female mammals were born with a fixed number of eggs and that was all they could ever have. But the controversy still rages. Read more here.

This is important for you because if ovarian stem cells exist, it would suggest that human fertility might not be fixed as has been assumed. But the jury is definitely still out.

Panda cubs

Pandas are difficult to  breed in captivity, but the Paris zoo welcomed twin cubs this summer. In contrast to adult pandas, they are tiny and hairless. See them here.

This is important for you because panda cubs!!

No link between epidurals and autism

Two new studies recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association just confirmed that there is no evidence to indicate a link between epidurals and autism spectrum disorders. Read more here.

This is important for you because if you are considering having an epidural, you can cross this off your list of worries.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was 175 Years of Anesthesia and How Childbirth Has Benefited. 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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