Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending November 25, 2018. 

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Suck it

Who hasn’t picked up a dropped pacifier and stuck it in their own mouth to clean it before handing it back (just so the baby can drop it again)? Now you don’t even have to glance around guiltily for show when you do this – it may protect your little one from developing allergies. Read more here.

This is important for you because it’s a good reminder that exposure to some germs and dirt can be good for babies’ developing immune systems.

A Government of the Mothers, by the Mothers, for the Mothers…

Democrat Abigail Spanberger defeated incumbent Republican Dave Brat to represent Virginia’s 7th District in the House of Representatives. No one was prouder than her four year old daughter, who played at her feet during her victory speech. Read more here.

This is important for you because imagine – just four short years after popping this baby out you could be a Congresswoman!

World Prematurity Day

Last week was the March of Dimes’ annual World Prematurity Day, established to raise awareness and funds for the prevalence and risks of prematurity. Read more here.

This is important for you because if your baby is born early she can still thrive. You have plenty of resources and options.

Relief for preeclampsia – in baboons

Preeclampsia is a serious complication of pregnancy in which high blood pressure can lead to organ damage. As of now the only known way to deal with it is to deliver the baby, regardless of the stage of gestation. An excess of one protein is responsible for the condition, and a new study has found a way to knock down the levels of that protein to relieve the condition with one injection – in mice and baboons. Obviously much more testing must be done before the procedure is tried in humans, but this is an amazing proof of concept. Read more here.

This is important for you because science is amazing, cool, and relevant.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Unexpected Ways Your Body Might Change When You Have a Baby. You’ll be tired, you’ll be moody, your boobs will keep growing… 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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