Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending August 18, 2019. 

No pain no gain

Women and men feel pain differently. Part of this is probably biological, and part of it is societal. Regardless, doctors and scientists are finally starting to take it into account and are developing drugs to specifically treat women’s pain. Read more here.

This is important for you because childbirth is painful!

Parenting through the apocalypse

More people in the world means more carbon in our rapidly warming atmosphere. But by instilling your values in your children, hopefully you are raising them to make the world a better place. Read this important piece here.

This is important for you because you need not only raise ittle consumers; you can raise little voters and activists.

The beginning of Life

Not the life in your womb; Life. The first cells – membrane bound sacs of amino and nucleic acids – arose in salty oceans. Bur no one knew how, since the membranes are destabilized by the salts in the ocean and can’t form sacs in their presence. But a new discovery solves this paradox by suggesting that the amino acids contained in the membranes help stabilize them in the presence of salt – the membrane and its contents rely upon each other to form the sac. Read more here.

This is important for you because the more we learn about how all forms of life are connected and what we all have in common, maybe the better of a job we can do in safeguarding other species?

National Middle Child Day

It was this past Monday, August 12. (Full disclosure – August 12 is my brother’s AND my brother-in-law’s birthday. My brother’s not the middle, but my BIL is.) Read more here.

This is important for you because if this new baby is turning the current baby of the family into a middle, remember that middle children (like everyone else!) need a special day for themselves sometimes.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Do You Have Social Anxiety Disorder During Pregnancy? If you had it beforehand, then probably. 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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