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Author : Emily Oster Pages : pages Publisher : Language : eng ISBN-10 : 1594204756 ISBN-13 : 9781594204 753

Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong - and What You Really Need to Know Wh at to Exp ect Wh en You 're Exp ecti ng me ets Fre ako


no mic s: an aw ard win nin g eco no mis t dis pro ves sta nda rd rec om me nda tion sa bou t pre gna ncy to em po wer wo me n whil e the y're


exp ecti ng. Pre gna ncy —u nqu esti ona bly one of the mo st pro -fo und , me ani ngf ul exp erie nce s of adu ltho od —c an red uce oth erw ise inte llig ent wo


me n to, well , bab ies. We’ re told to avo id col d cut s, sus hi, alc oho l, and coff ee, but are n’t told wh y the se are for bid den . Rul es for pre


nat al test ing are har d and fast —a nd une xpl ain ed. Are the se rec om me nda tion s eve n corr ect ? Are all of the m righ t for eve ry mo mto-


be? In Exp ecti ng Bet ter, aw ard win nin g eco no mis t Emi ly Ost er pro ves tha t pre gna ncy rule s are ofte n mis gui ded and so met ime s flat


out wro ng. A mo mtobe her self , Ost er deb unk s the myt hs of pre gna ncy usi ng her par ticu lar mo de of criti cal thin kin g: eco no mic s,


the stu dy of ho w we get wh at we wa nt. Ost er kno ws tha t the val ue of any thin g— a ho me, an am nio cen tesi s—i s in the eye s of the info rme


d beh old er, and like any co mpl i-ca ted end eav or, pre gna ncy is not a one size fitsall affa ir. And yet me dici ne ofte n tre ats it as suc h. Are


doc tors wor kin g fro m bad dat a? Are well me ani ng frie nds and fam ily per pet uati ng fals e myt hs and rais ing unf oun ded con cer ns? Ost er’s ans wer


is yes , and ofte n.P reg nan t wo me n fac e an end less stre am of dec isio ns, fro m the cas ual (Ca nI eat this ?) to the frig hte nin g (Is it wor


th risk ing a mis carr iag e to test for gen etic def ect s?). Ex pec ting Bet ter pre sen ts the har d fact s and real wor ld adv ice you ’ll nev er get at the


doc tor’ s offi ce or in the exis ting liter atu re. Ost er’s rev elat ory wor k ide ntifi es eve ryt hin g fro m the real effe cts of caff ein e and tob acc o to the


sur pris ing dan ger s of gar den ing. Any exp ect ant mot her kno ws tha t the hea lth of her bab y is par am oun t, but she will be less anx iou s and bet ter abl


e to enj oy a hea lthy pre gna ncy if she is info rme d. .. and can hav e the occ asi ona l gla ss of win e. Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong - and What You Really Need to Know

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

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

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