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Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending October 23, 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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In utero surgery

Surgeons have implanted stem cell containing skin grafts onto fetuses in the womb to treat spina bifida, a condition in which the fetus’ spine does not develop properly. Read more here.

This is important for you because it is amazing.

Pandemic developmental delays

COVID-19 has undoubtedly negatively affected kids–and adults–even if they didn’t get (very) sick. School closings have led to social isolation and backsliding in basic skills. But what about babies? Thus far, it does not seem like the pandemic has had any impact on infant development. The one caveat is that infection with COVID-19 during pregnancy does increase rates of preterm birth, and babies born early do have some developmental delays. Read more here.

This is important for you because vaccination can help mitigate the many negative effects of COVID-19.

Social support is essential

Pregnancy is stressful. Friends can help. Read more here.

This is important for you because don’t view hanging out with your friends as just a way to procrastinate, or as a special “me time” treat. It is vital for your and your baby’s mental health.

NICU hair salon

Sarah Pulley’s daughter was born prematurely and had to spend months in the NICU. The experience inspired the hairdresser to volunteer to help other new parents cope with the difficult situation she was in–by giving them some very much needed on site pampering. Read more here.

This is important for you because give back (or pay it forward) however you can. 

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Ohio: Reproductive Care and Abortion Rights in the Buckeye State are Complicated and Uncertain. 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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