Pregnancy And Lactation Weekly Digest

For the week ending January 1, 2017. Happy New Year from the Pregistry family to yours!

Pregnancy Weekly Digest

Nameberry releases most popular names of 2016

Olivia overtakes Charlotte as number one for girls; Ezra retains the lead it took in 2015 as number one for boys. Sadie and Elise are rising in popularity as girls’ names; Thomas and Matthew are the hottest new boys’ names. See the complete list here.

This is important for you because whether you want to give your baby a popular name or an unusual one, you need to know what’s on this list!

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Are keepsake ultrasounds safe?

Ultrasounds bounce sound waves off the baby to create a picture (learn more about it here and here). The waves are inaudible to the baby and those viewing them. Doctors performing an ultrasound for a medical reason ensure that the settings are safe but practitioners in a mall who take pictures as keepsakes may not be as diligent at performing the procedure in the safest possible manner. Listen to an interview about this topic with Dr. Mary Norton, president of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, here.

This is important for you because although it is very tempting to get an extra prenatal picture, it may not be worth the risk.

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Breastfeeding art

Breastfeeding is beautiful. Now that is true not only in a general sense, but also in an aesthetic one. Moms have taken to using an app called PicsArt to modify their “brelfies” into one of a kind artworks as part of the #treeoflife breastfeeding awareness movement. See more examples here.

This is important for you because it is a wonderful way to treasure this special bonding time with you nurturing your baby.

Pregnancy Weekly Digest

New NEJM review of postpartum depression

Postpartum depression can be a very real problem. The prestigious New England Journal of Medicine has released a new review of the disorder and available treatment options. The abstract is available here.

This is important for you because it is vital that doctors remain aware of, and up-to-date on, ways to deal with this difficult condition.

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FDA guidelines on sedation during the third trimester

On December 14, the FDA issued a warning about women in their third trimester receiving prolonged anesthesia during surgical procedures, claiming that such exposures could harm the development of the baby’s brain. But the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is disputing this warning since it is based on studies done with pregnant animals and not pregnant women. They are concerned it will dissuade pregnant women from getting the medical procedures they need. Read their report here.

This is important for you because you should not be reluctant to receive medical treatments you may need as your health is as important as your baby’s.

Pregnancy Weekly Digest

Five best positions for breastfeeding

This article published in Pregistry’s The Pulse illustrates positions you may want to try when breastfeeding your baby. Read it here.

This is important for you because the best positions for breastfeeding are the ones that are the most comfortable and the ones least likely to result in a sore neck or nipples.

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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