Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

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For the Week Ending November 29, 2020

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Female OBs perform fewer C-sections

An observational study of births around the world suggests that female OBs are about twenty-five percent less likely to perform C-sections than their male counterparts. The reasons for the discrepancy are not clear. Read more here.

This is important for you because if you are dead set on avoiding a C-section, you might want to opt for a female doctor.

Fashion for Menstrual Health

Bare necessities like food and prescription drugs are often not taxed. Menstrual products, however, are. Oluna is a company that makes super-comfy pants — for when you have your period, but also for when you’re hanging around your house for a year and change doing nothing but zoom meetings. For each pair of pants they sell they are giving away a year’s worth of period supplies to a woman or girl who needs but can’t afford them. Read more here.

This is important for you because too many girls– yes, even in this country–are held back because they don’t have the supplies and resources they need to manage their monthly periods.

Worm “milk”

It is not milk, really, but the nematode worms C. elegans do feed their children from their own bodies. After the mothers lay eggs, their bodies decompose into a nutritious liquid that they secrete onto their offspring. Read more here.

This is important for you because C. elegans is a classic model organism used in molecular biology because it is one of the simplest organisms with a nervous system, it is easy to grow in the lab, it is transparent (literally; researchers can watch what is happening in their cells), and many of its genes have human counterparts.

And mare milk

Kumis is fermented mare’s milk, drunk on the steppes of Kazakhstan by the likes of Genghis Khan, Attila the Hun, and their descendants. Hey, at least they’re mammals. Read more here.

This is important for you because if you want to be the one with obscure ingredients for craft cocktails after you give birth, no one’s going to top this one.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was New Study: Encouraging News for Pregnant Women With Psoriatic Arthritis. 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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