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Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending May 8, 2022. 

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Working too hard to breastfeed

No, not you; 19th century Dutch dairy farmers. A new analysis of exhumed bones suggests that their babies were not breastfed, and the researchers think it is because their moms were too busy working. Of course, these babies always had access to fresh cow’s milk. Read more here.

This is important for you because “One of the main reasons behind this type of research is to rectify the historical record about the lives of women and children,” says Waters-Rist. “Traditional archaeology has focused on what adult males were doing and women were just seen as passive actors.” It’s about time.

The false promise of the “golden hour”

Those first few moments after birth are undoubtedly special, but there is nothing inherently magical about them, despite pop culture’s relentless insistence that there is. You can and almost certainly will bond with your baby, and be a great parent, regardless of what happens just after your baby is born. Read more here.

This is important for you because if you’ve been looking forward to holding your baby against you while it’s still all slimy, great. But don’t invest too much meaning into having that experience.

Pelvic Health

Dr. Sara Reardon, aka The Vagina Whisperer, notes that the pelvic muscles often need therapy after birth–which makes sense, as they just went through a lot of major changes. But we as individuals, and as a society, don’t really acknowledge or deal with it. Read more here.

This is important for you because “pregnancy itself changes the way that our muscles are supporting our organs.”

Rihanna

Rihanna couldn’t make it to the Met Gala this year. But she was there in the form of a virtual statue–showing off her pregnant belly–alongside all the marble ones. Read more here.

This is important for you because it is SO COOL!!

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Hepatitis B and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know. 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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