Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending February 3, 2019. 

Yes, you can be too fit and too thin

Of course you should exercise while pregnant, and afterward – to stay healthy. But guess what? You are supposed to gain weight while pregnant. You’ll probably retain some of that weight after giving birth – maybe even for a while after giving birth. And that’s fine. That’s what happens. It doesn’t mean you are lazy or using your baby as an excuse to “let yourself go” (whatever that means). Just because some fitness freaks on insta have washboard abs a week postpartum does not make that something worth aspiring to. Read more here.  

This is important for you because it is ok – it is normal – for your body to be changed by pregnancy, no matter what society says.

Baby Shark redux

Don’t worry; you don’t have to watch the video again. This is a real baby shark – caught on video swimming between the two uteruses in its mother’s body!! Apparently, this is a normal thing for shark embryos to do before they’re born. Read more here.

This is important for you because there is so much we still have to learn from and about other species before engineering their complete extinction…

Grandma Hillary

Chelsea Clinton is following Princess Kate’s lead and having a third baby, slated to join big sister Charlotte and big brother Aidan this summer. Read more here.

This is important for you because maybe in twenty years your little one will end up in college with a Clinton heir.


The British ultrarunner Jasmin Paris just became the first woman to win the gruelling 268-mile Montane Spine Race along the Pennine Way. While lactating. Read more here.

This is important for you because – holy moly.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week – and perhaps ever! – was Why Do Newborn Babies Smell So Good? The origin of the scent is uncertain; but it is certainly intoxicating. 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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