Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending December 15, 2019. 

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Baby Yoda

Very cute, he is. But this star of The Madalorian–and of social media–is not in stores yet. So far you can only see him on a screen. Read more here.

This is important for you because it’s Yoda. When he’s a baby.

TV as live-in babysitter

Everyone is spending more time staring at screens than humans ever have before, and that includes infants and toddlers. Especially firstborns and babies who are home with a caregiver and not out at childcare. Read more here

This is important for you because it is so, so tempting and easy to pop that screaming kid down in front of a screen–especially when it’s horrible outside, or adult company is over, or you’re just exhausted…and although sometimes it really is a great solution, try to at least be cognizant of how much you’re doing it.

Mom the manager

Moms can feel like they are the one in the house that does everything, probably because–they likely are. And that’s a problem, not only for moms but for kids as well. In The Manager Mom Epidemic, the psychologist Thomas W. Phelan explains how we got into this mess and how to get out of it. Read more here.

This is important for you because you don’t want to get burnt out; and you do want to raise independent, capable kids.

Heat waves -> more babies -> more heat waves

Warm weather sends pregnant women into early labor. This is problematic because: (1) weather is getting warmer; (2) babies born earlier are at higher risk of lifelong issues; (3) wealthy women can crank up the AC, protecting only their babies while further contributing to a warming climate, while poorer women and babies bear the brunt of this risk. Read more here.

This is important for you because climate change is real, and it is really happening, and we and our children are going to have to deal with it.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Strep Throat During Pregnancy. If you have a sore throat, see your doctor; if it turns out to be strep, be a good girl and take the whole course of antibiotics, even though you’ll likely feel better after only a few doses. 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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