Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong--and What You Really Need to Know
*Newly Revised for 2019*
What to Expect When You're Expecting meets Freakonomics: an award-winning economist disproves standard recommendations about pregnancy to empower women while they're expecting. From the author of Cribsheet, a data-driven decision making guide to the early years of parenting
Pregnancy—unquestionably one of the most profound, meaningful experiences of adulthood—can reduce otherwise intelligent women to, well, babies. Pregnant women are told to avoid cold cuts, sushi, alcohol, and coffee without ever being told why these are forbidden. Rules for prenatal testing are similarly unexplained. Moms-to-be desperately want a resource that empowers them to make their own right choices.
When award-winning economist Emily Oster was a mom-to-be herself, she evaluated the data behind the accepted rules of pregnancy, and discovered that most are often misguided and some are just flat-out wrong. Debunking myths and explaining everything from the real effects of caffeine to the surprising dangers of gardening, Expecting Better is the book for every pregnant woman who wants to enjoy a healthy and relaxed pregnancy—and the occasional glass of wine.
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The basics: The subtitle of Expecting Better really says it all: why the conventional pregnancy wisdom is wrong--and what you really need to know. Emily Oster is a health economist, and in this book ... Read full review
Finally a book about pregnancy which is based on scientific evidence instead of anecdotes and fear based blanket recommendations. The author does not attempt to convince the reader, instead presents the most reliable research and allows the reader.to come to their own conclusion - all while somehow keeping it interesting to read. I highly recommend this book to every person involved in a pregnancy.
Caffeine Alcohol and Tobacco
Beware of Deli Meats
Nausea and My Motherinlaw
Prenatal Screening and Testing
The Surprising Perils of Gardening
Eating for Two? You Wish
The Labor Numbers
To Epidural or Not to Epidural?
Beyond Pain Relief
Progressive or Regressive?
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No preview available - 2013