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Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending May 22, 2022. 

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Woman Running in the Mountains

This Japanese novel, about a new mother and how she grows and changes along with her son, was originally published in 1980 but is having a moment now. Read more here.

This is important for you because it might be perfect to read while nursing.

How babies are made

Live birth has evolved from egg laying over a hundred and fifty times over the ages, and all the species that do it didn’t all get to it the same way. It is a classic case of convergent evolution, in which different animals use different genes to ultimately converge on similar structures with similar functions. Read more here.

This is important for you because it’s just flippin’ cool.

Tune in. Talk more. Take turns.

The free online tool offered by The3Ts lets any caregiver promote the brain and language development of the infants and toddlers in their care. You can access it on your phone, in English and/ or Spanish. Read more here.

This is important for you because you can–and should!–start working on your baby’s language skills as soon as they are born. Those first thousand or so days of life are an incredibly powerful, but fleeting, window for brain plasticity and learning.

Not your parents’ Goodnight, Moon

That inserted comma makes this sci-fi story very, very different from Margaret Wise Brown’s deservedly beloved classic. Read it here.

This is important for you because, as the author Wendy Nikel explains, “There are many parents struggling to find the words to explain to their kids all that’s going on in the world right now. It’s my hope that stories like this will be a talking point, a source of connection, and a way for us to put ourselves in others’ shoes and, in doing so, become more empathetic people.” 

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Overheating and Dehydration in Pregnancy. 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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