Expecting Better

Expecting Better

How to Fight the Pregnancy Establishment With Facts

Book - 2013
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Pregnancy--unquestionably one of the most profound, meaningful experiences of adulthood--can reduce otherwise intelligent women to, well, babies. We're told to avoid cold cuts, sushi, alcohol, and coffee, but aren't told why. Rules for prenatal testing are hard and fast--and unexplained. Are all of these recommendations right for every mom-to-be? Here, the author shows that pregnancy rules are often misguided and sometimes flat-out wrong. Pregnant women face an endless stream of decisions, from the casual to the frightening. Expecting Better presents the hard facts and real-world advice you won't get at the doctor's office or in the existing literature.
Publisher: New York : The Penguin Press, 2013
ISBN: 9781594204753
1594204756
Branch Call Number: 618.2 OSTER
Characteristics: xxii, 313 pages : black & white illustrations ; 24 cm

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JCLCaitlinT Aug 09, 2017

This book spoke to me. I appreciated the statistical evaluation of what is often an emotional journey. I did not agree with a few of Oster's conclusions, but she bluntly states in the opening that we each have to weigh the costs and benefits for ourselves personally. Her job was to lay out the data and let us evaluate as we see fit.

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RacoonGoddess
Jun 18, 2015

Please note that the author states very clearly throughout the book that she is not a doctor but an economist. Her entire profession is about looking at the numbers and making conclusions based off of those numbers. I found this book to be wonderful and would suggest it to anyone who wants to know why things are placed off-limits when you’re pregnant. She states that everyone will make different decisions based off of the same data again and again. She never tells you that you should do something or not (except for smoking), but will say what she did and you can decide what YOU want to do.
Wonderful read!

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Aquaryan1972
Oct 21, 2013

Please note that this author has no medical training, so why has she written a book giving away her own medical opinions? The author has chosen to ignore anyone and everyone who disagrees with her on how dangerous any alcohol consumption is during the pregnancy. FASD (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders) is a FACT. She has had only one child, so it does not make her an expert on raising children, either. Read this book, but do not argue with her because she don't like anyone who disagrees with her.

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