Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending November 13, 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

Megan Warfield is a rock star

When this pregnant AND HAVING CONTRACTIONS firefighter got into a car accident, the first thing she did was–help the other people. Read more here.

This is important to you because pregnant women (and moms) can do ANYTHING.

Maternal mRNA storage

In the early embryo, cells are so busy dividing that they don’t have time to make mRNA templates for the proteins they need. Instead, the egg cell makes all of these mRNAs beforehand and stores them in a just-discovered protected compartment outside of the mitochondria. The study was done in mice, but the same compartment was found in human oocytes. Read more here.

This is important for you because it is amazing that essential steps toward fertilization are still being identified.

Vote moms into office

Only 5.3% of state lawmakers today are women with children, which is significantly lower than their share of the population. So it is hardly surprising that legislatures are not attuned to the childcare needs of everyday people and that the US is the richest industrialized country without federally mandated and subsidized paid family leave. Read more here.

This is important for you because “The concept of who has children or care responsibilities and who makes laws matters.”

Lion cubs!

These cuties, three girls and a boy, were just born at the Oklahoma zoo. As per their tradition, they’re holding a contest to choose their names. Read more here

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was What Is Known About Long COVID and 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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