Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending April 29, 2018. 

National Infant Immunization Week

It is National Infant Immunization Week, run annually by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to “highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities.” Read more here.

This is important for you because vaccinate your baby. Please, please, please vaccinate your baby. For her health and the health of everyone around her.

A Prince is Born

Catherine Middleton, the Duchess of York, gave birth to her third baby this week: His Royal Highness Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge. He is the fifth in line to the throne, behind his grandfather Charles, his father William, his older brother George, and –  amazingly – his older sister Charlotte. The Succession to the Crown Act of 2013 changed tradition to state that the gender of a royal born after October 28, 2011 does not give that person or their descendants precedence over anyone else in determining the next monarch. Charlotte is thus the first British princess EVER not to get pushed out of the line of succession by the birth of a younger brother. Read more here.

This is important for you because if the British royal family can change with the times, there is hope. Go Charlotte!

The Spy Who Loved Her

Will and Kate are not the only noteworthy Brits to be procreating. Daniel Craig – the latest, blondest, darkest iteration of James Bond – and Rachel Weisz are also expecting. Maybe the baby prince will be friends with the baby spy. Read more here.

This is important for you because…, umm,…

March for Moms

The second annual March for Moms, which was instituted to “demonstrate the critical need to address the maternal health of families in our country, will take place in Washington, D.C. next Sunday, May 6. Read more here.

This is important for you because even if political action is not usually your thing, it is important to show our government (again) that maternal health is an important issue.


The intro to the second season of Westworld, which premiered this week, showed silhouettes of a (presumably robotic) mother and baby. The image is totally creepy – like the show. Read more here.

This is important for you because Westworld makes you think about what makes someone human and how we treat those we perceive as other, which are interesting and valuable things to think about. Plus, it’s fairly entertaining.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week – by a very long shot – was What Happens to Your Breasts During and After Pregnancy? The short answer is – nothing good (sorry). 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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