Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

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For the Week Ending December 6, 2020

More than 12,000 pregnant and recently pregnant women are already participating. Help us understand the impact of COVID-19 on pregnancy and babies. Be a part of it!

Click here to Register.

Extinction Rebellion Activist Advent Calendar for Families

Extinction Rebellion Families has a calendar filled with activities for you and your growing climate activist. It is terrific whether you do Advent or not. See it here.

This is important for you because it is never too early (or too late) to start practicing, modeling, and teaching climate activism. This is a great tool to help you out.

Physical activity

The World Health Organization just released new physical activity guidelines recommending that pregnant and postpartum women should do at least 150 minutes of activity throughout the week, incorporating aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities, and limit time spent being sedentary. Read more here.

This is important for you because although it is very, very tough when we’re all basically stuck at home, it is still vital that you find a way to move your body. 

Pregnancy and drug and vaccine trials

Pregnant women are usually excluded from drug and vaccine trials. The concern underpinning this decision is well meaning, and yet it leaves us in ignorance as to whether many drugs that could do a lot of good are safe for pregnant women and the fetuses gestating inside them. This is hardly a new issue, but it seems acute at this moment as vaccines to prevent COVID-19 are being approved–especially since many pregnant women are also health care workers. Read more here.

This is important for you because “Reluctance to rigorously study the effectiveness and safety of vaccines and treatments for Covid-19 during pregnancy is misguided and will end up harming pregnant women now and in the future.”

Free tampons

In Scotland, at least, the first country to make menstrual products free of charge for those who need them. Read more here.

This is important for you because “period poverty” is a thing, and it is finally being addressed.

The  most popular article on The Pulse this week was Simple Ways to Practice Self Care 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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