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Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending August 21, 2022. 

COVID-19 Vaccines International Pregnancy Exposure Registry (C-VIPER)

More than 8,000 pregnant vaccinated women are already participating in our survey.

Help us understand the impact of COVID-19 vaccines on pregnancy and babies. Be a part of it!

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Iron from mom helps seal pups dive

Lactating Weddell seals help their babies dive by transferring iron from their livers into their milk, even though this means the moms themselves can’t dive as deep or for as long. Weddell seals are notorious divers– they can stay under for an hour and half–because they have so much iron. Read more here.

This is important for you because apparently sacrificing for your kids is a pan-mammalian thing.

Vaccinate your baby!!

Anti-vaxxers really found their voice during the COVID-19 pandemic, and their rampant dissemination of dangerous, panic-inducing misinformation threatens to set back public health and cause needless deaths around the world. Read more here.

This is important for you because “Anti-vaccine activism now costs human lives on scales that exceed global terrorism or other established threats. We must recognize the depth and breadth of anti-vaccine activism and its detriment to global security.” Please make sure to get your baby all of the recommended vaccinations on time.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend

Are expecting another baby! This will be their third; they already have a daughter and a son. Read more here.

This is important for you because she’s on social media a lot; you can chart your pregnancy along with hers.

Baby hippo

A baby hippo was just born at the Cincinnati Zoo. He and his mama are both doing great, and got a few weeks to bond behind the scenes before the public can view them. Read more here

This is important for you because he’s obviously not as cute as your human baby will be – but he’s pretty cute.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Risk of Blood Clots During Air Travel While Pregnant: Does COVID-19 Vaccination Status Matter? 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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