Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending February 27, 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!

Click here to Register

Omicron single parents

It is never easy to be a single parent, and nothing is easy in a pandemic. Read more here.

This is important for you because if you’re alone, remember that you’re not alone- there are others in your boat. And don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Poop and more poop

There is a wide range of normal when it comes to infant poop: color, consistency, frequency. Especially among breastfed infants. Still, there are some things that are not normal and require a doctor’s attention, like blood in the stool. Read more here.

This is important for you because you will probably spend a lot more time and energy than you ever imagined thinking, talking, and worrying about your baby’s poop.

Back after a break

Rachel James was able to go back to her academic career sixteen years after having her first child thanks to a fellowship dedicated to supporting people who want to return to research after a break. Read more here.

This is important for you because gaps in CVs are getting more and more common, and more and more acceptable.

Babies, chicks, and psychology

The neuroscientist Giorgio Vallortigara thinks that the mind is not a blank slate; rather, that a lot of early behavior is biologically predisposed and not learned. In this essay he describes how chicks can be used in addition to human infants to learn how much innate mechanisms are responsible for early behaviors and responses to stimuli. Read more here.

This is important for you because all new parents wonder how much their little ones are born “knowing”; now brain imaging can begin to answer that question.

Top Pregnancy Blogs

Yup, Pregistry’s The Pulse is on this list! See it here.

This is important for you because these blogs provide a wealth of invaluable information in an easily digestible format.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Pregistry’s Friday Recipe: Hot Chocolate Cookies. See 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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