Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending May 23, 2021. 

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Baby giraffes

Zoo Miami recently welcomed two baby giraffes, a boy and a girl, over the same weekend. Read more here.

This is important for you because giraffes make a totally cute (and gender neutral) theme for nursery decor.

Mom Genes

Abigail Tucker’s new book explains the evolutionary theories about how, and why, becoming and being a mom changes mammalian brains. TL;DR: your brain gets super attuned to your baby’s needs, but you may find a concomitant decline in other cognitive areas like memory and word recall. Read more here.

This is important for you because that foggy mom brain isn’t all in your head. (Well it is, but you know what I mean.)

The uterus as a paragon of regenerative tissue

Linda Griffith is a bioengineer. Her endometriosis eventually spurred her to recognize how amazing the uterus is, and to use it as a model system for tissue engineering to study a range of human diseases in a physiologically relevant laboratory setting. Read more here.

This is important for you because “It took them [other researchers] how many decades to recognize that one of the most regenerative tissues is found inside the uterus?” The reason, she believes, is simple. “Because none of the researchers had uteruses.”

Firm bedding for baby

In your baby’s crib should be a firm mattress and… that’s it. No blankets, no pillows, no stuffed animals; all of these things have been associated with SIDS. Read more here.

This is important for you for obvious reasons. Also, babies should sleep on their backs.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was 6 Reasons to Start Prenatal Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy. 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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