Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending January 15, 2023. 

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Twins with different birthdays

Annie Jo was born on December 31, 2022; Effie Rose was born six minutes later, on January 1, 2023. Read more here.

This is important for you because they will be using it as their “fun fact” at icebreakers for their entire lives. 

The lengths pediatricians go to

Thankfully, doctors and scientists can no longer experiment on their subjects without the subjects’ consent knowledge. So when pediatricians wanted to know how long it would take an ingested Lego figure’s head to make its way through the digestive system, they had to experiment on themselves. Five of the six of them recovered the Lego head from their toilet bowls in a matter of days; the sixth one never turned up, but he was not nearly as diligent in searching for it. Read more here.

This is important for you because if this is your first baby so you don’t yet know the joy of stepping on a Lego piece barefoot–boy are you in for a treat.

Screaming on the Inside

Jessica Grose, a columnist for The New York Times, has a new book out called Screaming on the Inside: The Unsustainability of American Motherhood. It is a polemic insisting that our society is not set up to (and has no real interest in) supporting moms. Read more here.

This is important for you because the media makes it seem like motherhood is all about individual choices, and these are important. But infrastructure–like the lack of paid leave in this country–also has an immense impact on how we parent.

Naomi Osaka

The tennis pro is expecting. Read more here.

This is important for you because in case your little one wants to be a tennis champ, she’ll have a peer to play with!

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was The Basics of Labor and Delivery. 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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