Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending November 19, 2017

Pregistry launched a new website!

After many months of hard work by many people around the world, Pregistry launched its website, full of amazing functionalities FOR FREE, including a section where you can ask questions to experts, an easy-to-use tool to generate a pregnancy video, a baby kick counter, and much more. Go to www.pregistry.com and check it out!

Click on the video below to see some of the amazing pregnancy tools available in Pregistry’s website FOR FREE!

Postpartum OCD

Although not as well publicized as its cousins postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD is totally a thing. And it can be just as debilitating as those better known psychiatric disorders. In new moms with OCD, the obsessions for which the syndrome is named tend to focus on their ability to harm the new baby. As with the other disorders, this one is treatable; but also as with them, new mothers often do not seek treatment because they are ashamed or afraid to admit that they might be grappling with it. Read more here.

This is important for you because having a new baby is really hard. If it is putting undue stress on your psyche there is help available to you.

World Prematurity Day 2017

This past Friday, November 17, was World Prematurity Day. The March of Dimes and a bunch of partners hosted a tweet chat to raise awareness and answer questions about preterm labor and preterm birth. Read more here.

This is important for you because if your baby is a preemie, it can provide you with valuable information and resources.

Breastfeeding now may alleviate eczema later

Recent work indicates that babies who are exclusively breastfed for their first three months of life are significantly less likely to develop eczema by the time they are sixteen. Results are reported in JAMA Pediatrics. Read more here.

This is important for you because it is yet more evidence that breastfeeding is great for your baby and for you – if you can manage it.

Everyone loves baby pictures

Adequate prenatal care is essential to maternal and fetal health, especially in the developing world where pregnant women may be contending with malnutrition and a higher infectious disease burden. But many such women often think it is too much of a hassle to get to a clinic, especially if they are feeling ok. Canadian doctors have found a way to lure them in early in their pregnancies – showing them in utero baby pictures! Who could resist? Read more here.

This is important for you because it provides another reminder of how very lucky we are in the West.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Postpartum Products to Make Recovery Easier. From maxipads to nipple cream to pain relievers to healthy snacks, they all help you take care of yourself so you can take care of your 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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