Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending December 19, 2021. 

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When women keep track of when they’re ovulating, it is usually because they either want to get pregnant or definitely don’t want to get pregnant. But Daisy Robinton has another motivation. She and her fledgling company Oviva Therapeutics aim to prolong women’s ovulating years to postpone menopause and all of the age-related complications that accompany it. Read more here.

This is important for you because she is dedicated to studying and improving women’s health – a field that has, unfortunately, been quite neglected.

Hidden mothers

In Victorian times, at the dawn of photography, long exposure times were required to generate good images. So to photograph babies and children, adults sometimes had to hold them still. But those adults–often the kids’ mothers–are covered up so it looks like it’s just a picture of the kids. Andrea Kaston Tange suggests that the erasure of motherhood and all of the work it entails was intentional, and that it continues to this day. Read more here.

This is important for you because the pictures are kind of creepy, if for no other reason.

Every Protection

Many cultures have superstitions surrounding pregnancy. Printmaker Debra Olin explores some of the superstitions that abounded in shtetl life in her exhibit at the refurbished Eldridge Street Synagogue on New York’s Lower East Side. Read more here.

This is important for you because who wouldn’t want to give their unborn child every protection?

Relax and Eat Well

A preliminary study suggests that in pregnant women who were at risk of having underweight babies, a healthy diet or mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques reduced that risk. Read more here.

This is important for you because regardless of who you are or what your risks, eating well and relaxing are always good strategies for health.

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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