Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending February 9, 2020. 

Viagra to maintain your…vaginal delivery

A paper recently published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology claims that Viagra given during early stages of labor decreases the likelihood of an emergency c-section later on. The findings are intriguing, but still quite preliminary. Read more here.

This is important for you because although more work definitely needs to be done, it is an interesting study to keep track of.

Attachment parenting now to prevent therapy later?

Therapy–of whatever stripe–can unarguably heal people, dramatically changing and sometimes even saving their lives. But no one is really sure how or why it works. Regardless of the therapeutic method used, the bond between therapist and patient seems to be essential. Some liken it to the primal bond between mother and baby. Read more here

This is important for you because your baby’s relationship with you is the first one he will ever have, and can dictate how he relates to others (and himself) his whole life. No pressure.

Success Kid

The most popular meme of 2011 may be super cute, but it is not public property. When Laney Griner found out that Steve King, a Republican Congressman from Iowa, had used her son’s image in an ad, she sued him. She has allowed it to be used for marketing purposes; the courts will have to decide if this is different, and if she has a case. Read more here.

This is important for you because you will probably generate countless digital images of the child you are now gestating; be careful with them.

2020 celebrity babies

Elon Musk, Michelle Williams, DJ Khaled, and Bar Refaeli are only a few of the celebs expecting this year. Who knows, maybe your little one will end up being classmates or even besties with one of them. Read more here. 

This is important for you because mindless fluff like this can be a good distraction from all that prep you have to do to get ready for your new baby!

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Congenital Heart Defects: The Good News. 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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