Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending January 8, 2023. 

COVID-19 Vaccines International Pregnancy Exposure Registry (C-VIPER)

More than 8,000 pregnant vaccinated women are already participating in our survey.

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Snow baby

Erica Davis went into labor when the mayor of Buffalo instituted a ban on driving because of the blizzard raging outside. Two doulas guided her and her husband Davon through the birth–over a video call. Read more here.

This is important for you because as new dad Davon said, “This is an example of why Buffalo is called the City of Good Neighbors.” 


Up to 10% of breastfeeding women develop mastitis: painful, swollen breasts. If it progresses to the latter stages it can be effectively treated with antibiotics, and yes, it is safe to continue nursing while taking them. But at the early stages, there are conflicting guidelines about how to deal with it. Read more here.

This is important for you because unfortunately, there have not been adequate studies done on how best to manage this painful condition, so we don’t really know.

What is it about identical twins?

For centuries, people have been spooked by identical twins. Read more here.

This is important for you because there’s nothing creepy about identical twins. If we find them so, that’s our problem.

Over 250 genes determine how long we stay fertile 

Women are born with all of their potential eggs, which get released monthly starting at puberty and ending at menopause. But women hit puberty and menopause at different ages. Some new genetic analysis suggests that women with genetic variants that promote DNA repair hit menopause a bit later. Read more here.

This is important for you because they may provide a possible treatment pathway for early menopause

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Diabetes During Pregnancy May Be Linked with Increased Risk of Several Developmental Disorders. 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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