Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending April 5, 2020. 

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Virtual prenatal visits

Due to COVID-19, many low-risk pregnancy appointments can be done over telemedicine. Perhaps this shift will be maintained after the pandemic ends (which it will). Read more here.

This is important for you because although it is essential, it is no longer necessary for you to leave your home for many routine prenatal visits.

And virtual lactation guidance

Even in times of plague, life goes on. Kids still want to eat. And mothers in Philadelphia who need a lactation consultant can still get one, byt videochat. Read more here.

This is important for you because even though you may be stuck at home, you can still get much of the professional help you need.

Baby corals

Wild coral in the oceans are getting killed by ocean warming and acidification, and corals only reproduce a couple of times a year. So marine biologists have to grow IVF baby corals inside. Read more here.

This is important for you because it may provide the only way that baby you’re gestating will get to see a coral reef.

Eat fish

Pregnant women may refrain from eating fish because they are afraid of mercury poisoning. That can be a concern if eating fish more than three times a week. But a recent study done at USC suggests that eating fish fewer than three times a week benefits your child enough to outweigh that risk. Read more here.

This is important for you because most things are good in moderation, including eating fish while pregnant.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Pandemic Part 5: Are Pregnant Women Particularly Vulnerable to COVID-19? At this point,they do not seem to be. 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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