Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending December 29, 2019. 

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Got Milk?

A vegan diet can be good for you, and for the planet. But without B12 supplements you will end up with a vitamin B12 deficiency, which can cause neuropathy–weakness and lack of sensation, usually in the hands and feet, which can be dangerous. And if you are nursing your baby, she could end up with vitamin B12 deficiency and neuropathy too. Read more here.

This is important for you because if you are a vega, make sure you’re getting enough vitamin B12.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

It’s the “sudden” that makes Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) so very terrifying. But researchers have just discovered that it and other sudden death syndromes may be due to faulty serotonin receptors in the brain. These receptors help ensure that levels of carbon dioxide in the blood stay at reasonable levels, and perhaps in SIDS they can’t recognize when these levels get too high. Read more here.

This is important for you because until this syndrome is better understood, do everything you can to keep your baby safe: put her to sleep on her back, in an empty crib–no pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, or bumpers–and don’t smoke.

Wearable nanotech

It would be great for certain populations, like babies, to have health sensors that could be worn directly on the body. It has been difficult to enmesh them into a stretchy enough material, though–until now. Read more here.

This is important for you because babies can’t tell you what’s wrong. For those who are seriously ill, monitors that immediately alert their physician could be really helpful.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Things You Should Know About Being a Twin. 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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