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Expecting better : why the conventional pregnancy wisdom is wrong--and what you really need to know

Author: Emily Oster
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2021. ©2021
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [Updated editionView all editions and formats
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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. 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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Emily Oster
ISBN: 9780143125709 0143125702
OCLC Number: 1257558025
Notes: This edition with a new foreword and preface, revisions to chapters 1, 2, 4-10, 12, 14, 17-23
Description: xxvi, 328, 13 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: In the beginning: conception. Prep work ; Data-driven conception ; The two-week wait --
The first trimester. The vices: caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco ; Miscarriage fears ; Beware of deli meats! ; Nausea and my mother-in-law ; Prenatal screening and testing ; The surprising perils of gardening --
The second trimester. Eating for two? You wish ; Pink and blue ; Working out and resting up ; Drug safety --
The third trimester. Premature birth (and the dangers of bed rest) ; High-risk pregnancy ; I'm going to be pregnant forever, right? ; --
Labor and delivery. The labor numbers ; Labor induction ; Caesarean section ; To epidural or not to epidural? ; Beyond pain relief ; The aftermath ; Home birth: progressive or regressive? And who cleans the tub? ; Epilogue --
Appendix: quick reference: OTC and prescription drugs.
Responsibility: Emily Oster.

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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. 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 many are misguided and some are sometimes even flat-out wrong. Debunking myths and explaining everything from the real effects of caffeine to the surprising dangers of gardening, Expecting Better will make you better able to enjoy a healthy and relaxed pregnancy--and the occasional glass of wine.--Publisher's description.

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