Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending November 6, 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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So many twins

In Igbo-Ora, a city in Southwestern Nigeria, there are twins in almost every family–and no one is quite sure why. Read more here.

This is important for you because they have a festival to celebrate them!!


Makena is a drug that was intended to prevent premature births. But the FDA says it is not effective, and should thus be taken off the market. It did encourage the manufacturer to continue to prove the drug’s efficacy with further testing, though. Read more here.

This is important for you because babies who are born prematurely can have health problems later in life; but the FDA has a responsibility to try to ensure that the drugs it approves do what they claim to do.

Cub cam

It’s like a nanny cam, only different. This one lets you spy on cheetah cubs and their mom at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. Read more here.

This is important for you because it is unlikely that you’ll get to spot cheetah cubs in the wild, so this is a great opportunity.

CVS and the pink tax

CVS is subsidizing their house brand of menstrual products, and paying the sales tax on other brands (in states where it is legal for them to do so) “in a growing effort to close the gap between the cost of women’s and men’s personal health items.” Read more here.

This is important for you because it is ridiculous that CVS should have to address this disparity– but at least someone is.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was How to Avoid BPA During Pregnancy. 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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