Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending August 16, 2020. 

Were you tested for COVID-19 during Pregnancy or at birth?

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Pregnancy and COVID-19

Pregnancy, already a strain on the immune system, may put women at a higher risk of developing more severe symptoms if they get COVID. But the virus does not seem to affect the fetus. Read more here.

This is important for you because protect yourself from infection as much as possible; wear a mask, and stay at least six feet away from others.

More pregnancy and COVID-19

The CDC has not exactly been front and center in providing information and guidance during the pandemic. They concur with the results stated above–that pregnant women can have an increased risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms–but unfortunately, and in contrast to what is happening in other countries, they don’t have any kind of system in place for gathering data, which leaves them bkind and powerless. Read more  about this distressing situation here.

This is important for you because the CDC exists to help us through pandemics… oh well. So much for that.

Stretch marks

People magazine offered Ashley Graham the standard touch ups to her photos, but she demurred. This is what happens to women’s bodies when we have babies: we get stretch marks. Why not show it? Read more here.

This is important for you because pregnancy will definitely change your body–but that’s not necessarily bad.

Survivor Song

Natalie is eight months pregnant and infected with a scary new virus that has overrun the population both in and out of hospitals. But in this work of fiction, it can turn her into–you guessed it–a zombie. Read more here.

This is important for you because fiction can be a great way to get your mind off of current realities and troubles. (Just not this particular work of fiction.)

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Gonorrhea and 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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