Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong - and What You Really Need to Know [➦]
• Pregnant people
• Educational book
Emily Oster, Ph.D.
Release Date and Last Update
2013 (updated in 2019)
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.
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Oster, E. (2019). Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong - and What You Really Need to Know (4th Ed.). Penguin Publishing Group.
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You can buy the book in bookstores at a cost of $23.00.
This book is an absolute wealth of information for those who are pregnant. The author has done great work towards making science accessible in this literature as it presents facts and figures, allowing readers to make informed choices and thus regain control over their pregnancy. Everything stated is supported by scientific studies and the cited references are available at the end of the book.
However, this book is not inclusive of trans or non-binary people. In fact, the studies selected have been conducted only on pregnant cis women, and the experience conveyed by the author is very heteronormative.
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