Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending November 24, 2019. 

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How to Raise a Climate Activist

It is a scary time to be bringing children into the world; although we don’t know exactly how our altered climate will affect life on Earth as they age, we know it’s going to be bad. Don’t shield them from the truth, but try to teach them to be hopeful and focus on things they can do. Read more here.

This is important for you because it’s reality; these kids are going to suffer because of the actions (and inactions) of previous generations, including ours. We are bringing them into this mess–it is only our duty to try to prepare them as much as we can.

Farmer Mom

Farming, like mothering, is essential to society. And farming, again like mothering, gets neither the respect nor the financial recompense due to such a vital role. Please read more here.

This is important for you because no farms, no food. And if we don’t support farmers, there will be no farms.

Budgeting for Baby

Babies are expensive, starting with maternity clothes and prenatal vitamins and going through cribs and diapers; and then of course there’s child care. There’s a chance you may have to make some decisions about priorities, and what you can cut back on. Read more here.

This is important for you because obviously.


This gorgeous image of an octopus embryo was one of twenty chosen for the shortlist of Nikon’s Small World photomicrography contest. It was taken by Martyna Lukoseviciute of the University of Oxford, UK, and Carrie Albertin at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. See it here.

This is important for you because everyone knows about baby shark; but you can be the first to tell your friends about baby octopus.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Ways to Celebrate Baby’s First Christmas. The same way you’ll celebrate all of the subsequent ones: with family and friends, traditions, presents, and lots of photos. 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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