Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong--and What You Really Need to Know

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Penguin, Aug 20, 2013 - Health & Fitness - 336 pages
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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 Bettering 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

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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. 

Contents

Prep Work
3
Caffeine Alcohol and Tobacco
33
Miscarriage Fears
69
Beware of Deli Meats
75
Nausea and My Motherinlaw
89
Prenatal Screening and Testing
98
The Surprising Perils of Gardening
122
Eating for Two? You Wish
133
HighRisk Pregnancy
187
Labor Induction
201
The Labor Numbers
217
To Epidural or Not to Epidural?
225
Beyond Pain Relief
237
The Aftermath
255
Progressive or Regressive?
262
Quick Reference
277

Pink and Blue
147
Drug Safety
164
Premature Birth and the Dangers of Bed Rest
179

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Emily Oster is an associate professor of economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She was a speaker at the 2007 TED conference and her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Esquire and is the author of Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool. Oster is married to economist Jesse Shapiro and is the also the daughter of two economists. She has one child, Penelope.

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