Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending October 30, 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!

Click here to Register

Halloween in the NICU

Parents of babies in the NICU at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Chicago dressed them up for Halloween. See them here.

This is important for you because you’d think these poor kids have already suffered enough…

“You’re on Your Own, Kid”

Did Taylor Swift reveal her friends  Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’ upcoming, fourth  baby’s name in her new song? Read more here.

This is important for you if you’re a Swiftie. Otherwise, not so much.

Remember Zika?

Before there was COVID, there was Zika: the virus that caused pregnant women to give birth to babies with microcephaly (very small heads, along with cognitive impairment). But the outbreak of Zika peaked in 2017, and no cases have been reported since 2019, so it’s probably not a concern—even if you travel. Read more here.

This is important for you because viral outbreaks will continue to occur and disrupt our lives, but Zika is not one you have to worry about right now.

Infertility and mental health

Infertility has long been associated with stress, anxiety, and depression, but it has been hard to determine if these are causes or effects (or both). Read more here.

This is important for you because infertility treatments themselves can be stress inducing; seek help if you need it.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Christmas Traditions to Start Once Your Baby is Born. 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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