Things We’ve Read: Week of Dec. 1st, 2014

EX-UPS Driver’s Pregnancy Bias Claim at High Court (ABC News): Peggy Young has fought against UPS for seven years for refusing her work when she became pregnant in 2006. Her case has now reached the Supreme Court for further deliberation.

A nice house and career does not protect pregnant women from depression (The Daily Telegraph): A medical review reinforces depression during pregnancy is an internal medical condition and not a direct result of environment.

Exercise may prevent excess weight gain during pregnancy (Good Morning America News): UK researchers reiterate the health importance of exercise during pregnancy, and how it can benefit mom and baby before and after birth.

Illinois Targets Mid-December for Issuing Required Employer Posting under Pregnancy Accommodations Law (The National Law Review): A new Illinois law has added pregnancy to the Illinois Human Rights Act’s list of classes that are protected against discrimination. The law allows accommodations and modifications to a pregnant woman’s position, such as assistance with manual labor and temporary transfer to a less strenuous or non-hazardous position.

Why You Should Let Your Kids Sleep In (The Presidential Brief): Surveys have shown that schools with later start times display higher attendance and boosted academic performance.

The Side of Motherhood We Aren’t Prepared to Discuss (HuffPost): Tracy Bild, a speaker and professional coach, writes on the overwhelming aspects of being a working mom and an eye-opening experience while speaking to a 6th grade class.

If we truly valued motherhood, we would actually do something to help pregnant women (The Guardian): Writer, Jessica Valenti, discusses the societal contradictions pertaining to pregnancy and motherhood, and while we deem motherhood “the most important job in the world,” society does not treat pregnancy with much regard or respect.

Mom & Dad Turn ‘Sacrifice’ of Pregnancy Into a Movie (The Stir): Experiencing her first pregnancy at 42, Dominique Debroux and husband Christopher Henze decided to make a documentary following the pregnancies of 18 expecting mothers.

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