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Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending January 30, 2022. 

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

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

Help us understand the impact of COVID-19 vaccines on pregnancy and babies. Be a part of it!

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Science Moms fight climate doomerism

It is easy, and tempting, to throw your hands up in despair when confronting the magnitude of the climate crisis. But these scientist moms are teaching their students, their children, and other moms to be resilient in fighting both climate change AND those who get paralyzed into inaction by it. Read more here.

This is important for you because their goal is nothing short of “to forge connections with non-scientists over shared values, to quash the hostility to motherhood that still exists in some corners of science — and to help save the world.”

Boosting babies brains, with cash

When poor moms were given cash during their babies’ first year of life, the babies’ brain development improved compared to those whose moms got less. Read more here.

This is important for you because poverty is really bad for kids’ health. Raising them out of it by any means can aid in their cognitive ability, even when they’re only a year old.

Definitely get vaccinated

In a study out of Scotland that tracked all pregnancies between December 2020 and October 2021, all of the fetal and newborn deaths among women who had COVID-19 were to unvaccinated mothers. ALL OF THEM. And almost all of the expectant mothers with COVID-19 who needed critical care were unvaccinated too. Read more here.

This is important for you because please get vaccinated to minimize the danger to your baby should you contract COVID-19.

How do our bodies know sperm aren’t pathogens?

One of the immune system’s primary functions is to distinguish self (i.e. not harmful) from non-self (potentially harmful). Sperm are decidedly non-self, but they get through because seminal fluid contains immunosuppressive hormones and proteins. Listen here.

This is important for you because, well, you’re pregnant. So obviously. 

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Should We Have a Photographer at Our Baby’s Birth? 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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