Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending September 20, 2020

A collaboration of Pregistry and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Amy Bennet

Amy Bennet is a painter who builds models of, and then paints, fictional narrative scenes of parents and children. See her fascinating process here.

This is important for you because art is important for everyone.

The 100 Baby Challenge

The game The Sims is supposed to simulate real life… but this player had a hundred babies in five years. To do so, she locked her (simulated) toddlers in their rooms and didn’t interact with any of her offspring.

Read more here.

This is important for you because even on your worst day, you’re a better mom than this simulated one.

Toxic breast milk

Inuit peoples have always had whale meat as a part of their diet. But now, because of all of the crap we have dumped into the oceans, the whale meat has dangerous levels of mercury. When pregnant women eat it their babies end up with IQ deficiencies. The milk these mothers go on to produce is too dangerous for their babies to drink. Read more here.


Nature has endowed males with many types of penises, and humans’ are hardly the most remarkable (despite what their bearers think). Emily Willingham has written this book about all of them, putting our male members’ in their place. Read more here.

This is important for you because it will be a good thing to scream, rage, and curse about when in the painful throes of labor.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Please don’t ask if we are trying for a baby! 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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