Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending April 11, 2021

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Everyone’s ready for summer; perhaps this year even more than usual. Maybe that’s why August is such a popular boys’ name. It is simultaneously ancient and trendy. Augustus Caesar was the first Roman emperor at the dawn of the Common Era, and now Mandy Moore named her new son August and Taylor Swift has a new song about a boy named August. Read more here.

This is important for you because it comes in girl-flavor too: Augusta.

Becoming a parent in the pandemic

This past year has posed unique challenges for people in every age and stage of life, and new mothers are no exception. Having a baby can feel isolating under the best of circumstances, which this past year decidedly was not. One journalist opens up about her lonely and difficult experience becoming a new mother here

This is important for you because she notes that rates of perinatal and postpartum depression and anxiety have skyrocketed since the pandemic began. Take care of yourself.

Wonder baby

Gal Gadot is expecting! This will be her third baby; she and her husband already have two wonder-girls. Read more here.

This is important for you because apparently it is possible to bear children and look like that.

Donate your breast milk

If you are lactating but have too much milk to use you can donate it to another baby. Read more here.

This is important for you because breast milk is the healthiest choice for babies.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was All About Menstrual Discs and Cups. 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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