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Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending November 28, 2021. 

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!

Click here to Register.

Millennial parents vs. boomer parents

Changing trends in parenting means that you may have different priorities as a parent than your own parents did. Which can make asking them to babysit kind of challenging. Read more here.

This is important for you because even though it may be different than what your friends are doing, your mom might actually have some valuable insight into child rearing.

Baby boom?

Pregnancy tests are flying off the shelves, and birth rates are up. Could be because couples have been cooped up at home together for a looong time. Read more here.

This is important for you because better pick a really unusual name…

The genes that gastrulating embryonic cells use

Tissue culture studies have allowed researchers to better understand what happens in very early embryos. But they have little idea of what goes on at a cellular and molecular level just after the embryo implants into the wall of the uterus. This is a vital time, since this is the stage at which many miscarriages occur. At this point the embryo undergoes a process called gastrulation, in which the embryo forms three distinct cellular layers that will give rise to the body’s structures and overall plan. New work has looked at the genes used by 1,195 individual cells from a gastrulating human embryo. It showed that the brain has not started forming yet, but that germ cells (eggs and sperm) and blood cells had. Read more here.

This is important for you because as models of these events are developed, it will be valuable to know what happens in the body to know how accurate these models are.

New parent gifts

New babies definitely need new stuff… but not most of the stuff that’s marketed to vulnerable new parents. This list gets at what you really need. Like a nose unclogger. Read more here.

This is important for you because you’re about to be a new parent…

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters: A Discussion for Pregnant Women. 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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