Last week, Seoul city government’s Pregnancy and Childbirth Information Center, as overseen by the Korean Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, published “advice” for women about to give birth. Normally, that wouldn’t be newsworthy, but it is a laundry list of archaic and sexist stereotypes so outrageous, I actually thought it was parody when I first read them. “Hang the clothes you wore before you were pregnant in a place where they are easy to see as that will motivate you to keep your weight under control and go back to the same weight you were before you gave birth. If you are tempted to over-eat or skip exercise, take a look at the clothes,” one guideline read, according to The Guardian. “And buy a hairband so that you don’t look disheveled after having the baby,” read
The Seoul city government has come under fire for a sexist advisory for pregnant women that included suggestions such as keeping their weight under control and preparing meals in advance so that husbands aren’t inconvenienced while wives are away, giving birth.
The guidelines were published on the “Seoul City Pregnancy and Childbirth Information Centre” website which was launched in June 2019 as an information hub about pregnancies and childbirth. They were taken down after a backlash.
According to the guidelines, women at early stages of pregnancy were advised to not put off “household chores such as cleaning or dishes,” as it could help her “manage her weight during pregnancy without an extra workout.”
It also advised women to visibly hang the clothes they wore before their pregnancy to motivate themselves to keep their weight under control so they can go back to their pre-pregnancy body weight. “If you are tempted
- Pregnant women and young children were excluded from the U.S. clinical trials of the vaccines, as is typical in experimental vaccine research.
- That’s led to some concerns that there’s not enough data to be sure that the vaccines are safe among pregnant women.
- But Fauci said the Food and Drug Administration has not seen reason to worry so far.
There have been “no red flags” seen in the more than 10,000 pregnant women who have received Covid-19 vaccine shots so far, White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday.
Pregnant women and young children were excluded from the original
Food safety advice for pregnant women has been updated in New Zealand including changes to fish, certain cheeses and pasteurized dairy products.
The focus is Listeria monocytogenes, Toxoplasma gondii, methylmercury and caffeine, as these hazards have known specific impacts on the fetus. For Salmonella and Campylobacter, associated with adverse outcomes on the pregnancy period, supporting epidemiological evidence is weaker.
New Zealand Food Safety advice on the topic during pregnancy was published in 2007. The Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR) helped update the guidance.
Update to advice
Claire McDonald, manager of operational research at New Zealand Food Safety, said the update provides more options and ways to reduce the chance of illness from food.
“We’ve looked at new foods that were not previously considered because we want pregnant women to have the most up to date food safety information so they can enjoy a diverse diet and