Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending July 19, 2020. 

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Midwives on motorcycles

Traffic in Bangkok is intense. So police there are trained to weave in and out of the cars on motorcycles, getting quickly to women in labor, and deliver babies if need be. Read more here.

This is important for you because as crazy as your birth story may be, at least you will probably not be stuck in the back of a cab in the Thai capital.

Babies and more babies

How did humans take over the Earth? According to evolutionary anthropologist Karen Kramer, we may have been able to outcompete our fellow primates so dramatically by relying on intergenerational cooperation. Moms are able to take care of older kids because those older kids help moms take care of younger kids–which means moms are ultimately able to have more kids. Read more here.

This is important for you because if you have older children–use them!

Bioengineered (rabbit) uterus

Scientists at Wake Forest have built a rabbit uterus. First they took the uterus out of rabbits, and then they mixed some of the uterine cells with a biodegradable scaffold and put that back into the rabbits. Four out of ten of them carried pregnancies to term. Read more here.

This is important for you because uterine transplants can help women with infertility resulting from a dysfunctional uterus (about 6% of infertile women), but if donors are hard to come by this might provide a better option.

This (fly) enzyme sparks joy

The maternal to zygotic transition is an event early on in embryogenesis when the zygote starts controlling the expression of its own genes instead of relying on the maternal factors in the egg. In order for it to occur, those maternal controlling factors must be degraded. And one of the enzymes that degrades them in fruit fly embryos is named Marie Kondo, after the clean up guru known for The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Read more here

This is important for you because she can really help you out when your nesting instincts kick in.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Why It May Be OK to Sleep on Your Back During Late 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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