Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending April 12, 2020. 

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Katy Perry’s Self-isolating Selfie

Maybe you don’t wear pants while sheltering at home; expecting mom Katy Perry doesn’t wear make-up. This is her first baby, and the father is her fiancé, Orlando Bloom. Read more here.

This is important for you because look! Celebrities hang out in their robes at home just like us!

Toddler Milk

As more doctors and public health experts are promoting breastfeeding for infants, sales of baby formula are slowing. So baby formula companies are marketing their wares to a slightly older set. Pediatric nutrition experts maintain that these toddler milks are no healthier than cows’ milk, only more expensive. Read more about this disturbing trend here.

This is important for you because all new moms have understandable fears and anxieties, and unfortunately, there is no shortage of people who are willing to capitalize on them to make a buck. Don’t be taken in. Toddlers should eat the same healthy food as the rest of the family.

Allergies and the maternal microbiome

Allergies have been rising in the Western world. New research from Australia indicates that the presence of a particular species of bacteria in the maternal gut can promote fetal immune tolerance, and that moms who harbor this species are less likely to have children with allergies. These moms also tend to live in bigger households, a factor which has long been known to protect against allergies. Read more here.

This is important for you because your gut health is important for your overall health, and for the future health of your child. Eat a balanced diet.

Breasts and Eggs

Mieko Kawakami was first as a musician, then a poet and popular blogger, and is now an award-winning novelist. Her first novella, My Ego, My Teeth, and the World, was published in Japan in 2007 and awarded the Tsubouchi Shoyo Prize for Young Emerging Writers. The following year she published Breasts and Eggs as a short novella; it has just been translated into English. Her work deals with what is expected of women in patriarchal society. Read more here.

This is important for you because you’ll have LOTS of time at home to read in the next few weeks…


The most popular article on The Pulse this week was COVID-19 and Fever During Pregnancy–Treatment Options. 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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