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Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong - and What You Really Need to KnowGives Moms To Be A Big Helping Of Peace Of Mind Harvey Karp M.D., Bestselling Author Of The Happiest Baby On The Block Pregnancy Unquestionably One Of The Most Pro Found, 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.

!!> PDF / Epub ☆ Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong - and What You Really Need to Know ✪ Author Emily Oster –
  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong - and What You Really Need to Know
  • Emily Oster
  • English
  • 24 May 2019
  • 9780143125709

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  1. says:

    There is so much hubbub about this book right now I was really interested to read it and before I started it, I read a few news articles and some of the dozens of 1 star reviews on It turns out people are really upset with Oster primarily for the chapter on drinking alcohol during pregnancy There are other reasons people are poo pooing the book too like the fact that she hardly interviewed any medical professionals about the topics she covered and instead relied almost entirely on her reading and interpretation of medical studies conducted over the past century or so This article, for example, takes issue with the fact that Oster who holds a PhD in Economics is reaching beyond her professional realm and looking to interpret highly complex medical studies It also criticizes her subtle and tricky biases, namely that Oster felt patronized by her OB from the first visit.Well, I read the book And you know what It s not really that scandalous The portions about alcohol are getting the most attention she found that up to 1 drink a day in the second and third trimesters and a couple of drinks a week in the first is a comfortable amount a statement that will obviously make waves But, the other sections of the book contain information that probably won t be that surpris...

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    After 2 moderately complicated pregnancies and multiple thrown pregnancy books, I wanted to like this I was attracted to the concept of applying decision making principles to pregnancy It s a great concept, and not enough pregnancy literature emphasizes the risk and tradeoff model or if it does, presents inaccurate risks The book has already gotten a backlash for daring to suggest that the zero tolerance approach to alcohol in pregnancy is not backed by evidence, prompting 1 star reviews accusing the author of not caring about FASD This particular criticism is, in my opinion, overblown Unfortunately, the book itself doesn t measure up to the concept A full treatment of the problem would be a weighty tome, akin to Henci Goer s Obstetric Myths and Research Realities only less biased and up to date To her credit, Oster doesn t even pretend to have attempted that Even so, the treatment verges on the cursory and would have benefited from closer collaboration with an OB GYN The book is structured as a journey through pregnancy, using Oster s own pregnancy low risk, with an unmedicated vaginal delivery as a base narrative This makes the book easy to follow, but also has its pitfalls Given that a larg...

  3. says:

    After becoming pregnant, I quickly learned that there are two types of pregnant women ok, there are a lot than this, but keep reading The first type says Show me proof that this will NOT hurt my baby, and I will do it The second type says Show me proof that this WILL hurt my baby, and I won t do it It turns out, I am the second type, which causes many of my friends and coworkers to be absolutely horrified at some of my behaviors most of which involve ingesting things Thankfully, my husband and I are on the same page.As an example, a few months ago much earlier in my pregnancy, I went to lunch with some ladies from work, and I ordered a roast beef sandwich One lady gasps in horror and says You aren t actually going to eat that, are you To which, I look at her like uh der no i just ordered it so i can throw it in the trash can over there Yes, of course I was planning to eat it She says Aren t you worried about listeria From the deli meat and cheese Here s the thing about listeria Yes, it would suck to get it honestly, it would suck even if I weren t pregnant, but no one ever seems to worry about it then And it s very risky during pregnancy, because it can cause miscarriages even when the mother shows no symptoms But the last two US listeria outbreaks were in Ice cream bluebell and caramel apples source cdc , and the biggest outbreak in recent history was in cantelope in 2011 But you don t hear anyone freaking out if I...

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    I m now on my second reading of this book It s so jam packed with enlightening facts and information that every expecting couple should know, that I felt I should read it again, just so I can retain it all a bit better.First, let me address the alcohol issue, since there s been a lot of backlash against this book online and on talk radio for suggesting that drinking a bit of alcohol during pregnancy is okay It is my opinion that the anti FASD Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder crusaders out there in comments sections of articles discussing this book have not read the book, nor have they read the studies Oster cites in her discussion of the topic Oster does NOT say that heavy or binge drinking during pregnancy is okay The studies she cites clearly show that heavy binge drinking is detrimental to fetal health Those same studies, however, demonstrate pretty clearly that light drinking up to 2 drinks PER WEEK not in the same day in the first trimester up to 4 drinks PER WEEK again, not in the same day in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters has no effect on either fetal development or on i...

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    As heard on Planet Money.The New York Times appears to also have a review, but they seem to have completely missed the point 10 20 13 I m only partway through this book, but I cannot contain my exuberance This is finally the book that I had just assumed other pregnancy books would be, but was sadly disappointed to discover they were not.For a given risk factor such as caffeine, alcohol, or tobacco , she lays out the studies that have been done, highlights the strengths and weaknesses of each study, shows what they found, and then leaves the reader, now armed with data, to decide her own appropriate course of action.For example, caffeine There are a number of studies linking caffeine to miscarriages, which have led different doctors to give their different recommendations some doctors say up to three cups of coffee per day is ok others say two still others say absolutely no caffeine at all The problem with most of these studies is that it turns out that nausea is actually a sign of a healthy pregnancy, and the nauseous you feel, the less likely you are to miscarry Of course, if you re feeling nauseous, you want to drink coffee less than you otherwise might So any study comparing coffee drinking to non coffee drinking women might not be studying the effects of caffeine, they might actually be studying the effects of nausea.Fortunately, there was one study in Denmark that paradise of public health data that issued free instant coffee to a large cohort of coffee drinking pr...

  6. says:

    A little background I m 29 weeks pregnant for the fourth time, so I probably have interest in pregnancy than your average Joe.When economist Emily Oster decided to have a baby, she wanted to make informed decisions and assumed the medical community would offer her the statistic based information she is used to finding Instead, she received a lot of probably fine and low risk vagueness Since her and her husband s profession is to find and analyze research, she started reading studies about pregnancy and drawing conclusions The result is an easy to read story of her own pregnancy experience, the choices she made, and the research she found Her object is to give readers the information to make their own informed decisions, taking into account what the research means and then to factor in their own pluses and minuses the personal needs and preferences that influence any decision There are a few cases where she drew conclusions eg, there is no evidence that routine episiotomy is helpful and is often harmful instead, so you should skip it but she always offers the research if you want to make a different decision I honestly loved this, than I thought I would It s incredibly complete I thought it was mostly about the conflicting advice given All alcohol is bad 1 2 drinks a week is fine Drinking in moderation is not a problem but in addition to that she covered pretty much every decision you have to make, even ones that aren t framed as...

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    I picked this one up after reading several reviews describe it as if you read a single book about pregnancy, this is the one you should read And I completely agree THERE ARE SOURCES I swear, it never occurred to me that the vast majority of pregnancy books would cite no sources whatsoever I don t care if you re a doctor Lots of people call themselves doctors and I m not going to take their advice On top of that, the books often say things like Ask your doctor I m reading pregnancy books so I can go to my doctor s appointments informed about all the different pros and cons and possible issues with things So that I can then talk to my doctor in an informed way Don t just tell me to talk to my doctor Why bother reading a book then Anyway, Expecting Better is written by an economist Seem odd Sure But she was similarly frustrated by the lack of evidence given in pregnancy advice books, or even by her doctors So she decided to research all the main questions so she could make informed decision...

  8. says:

    As a physician, I was curious about this book, after a few of my friends read it during their pregnancy First of all, I found much of the data that she presented was quite interesting, and I learned some of the specific aspects of prenatal care However, importantly, her tone smacks of privilege, and she falls prey to many of the biases she criticizes doctors and ACOG for She skews how she discusses the research based on whether or not she agrees with it She appears to be critical of physicians not knowing the exact data of the hundreds of articles she presents, without taking into consideration how little time we have to keep up with medical literature Most importantly, she seems to universalize her experiences and those of other upper middle class friends to the entire US She projects her own belief that everyone should have access to minutia to make their own ...

  9. says:

    Loved it If you are the type of person that likes data and statistics, and wants to know WHY all these conflicting rules about pregnancy exist, this book is for you I wish I had read it at the beginning of my pregnancy rather than in month 9 but it wasn t out yet Oster s big idea is that women should be trusted with specific, accurate data so they can make their own decisions based on the risks vs rewards For example, perhaps you have seen all the lists of foods you re supposed to avoid while pregnant None of these lists agree, nor do they identify which foods are risky than others Oster dives deep into the existing studies that have been done, examines different foods and identifies exactly which foods have risks of causing which illness, and which are likely to cause an illness than others You might wonder Why take any risks at all when it comes to your baby Well, when you are 8 months pregnant, your feet and hands are swollen or any number of other unpleasant pregnancy symptoms , you can barely muster enough energy to get up and down from the couch, and you re ravenous for a sandwich, it may be helpful to know that your risk of getting sick from eating deli meat is actually REALLY low overall, but slightly higher for turkey than for other meats When you know that the odds are EXTREMELY low that this sandwich will be detrimental to your baby, but t...

  10. says:

    I m astounded that an economist who is not a maternal newborn health care professional decided that being pregnant, reading an obstetrics textbook and reviewing some studies makes her qualified to decide she can tell women to ignore reputable health organizations guidelines For instance, the researchers, physicians, midwives, and other health care professionals are reviewing the SAME research information as Emily Oster is, and have concluded that there is not enough quality or conclusive evidence to say that drinking any amount of alcohol during pregnancy is safe I m not saying that new research doesn t come out, guidelines aren t reevaluated and recommendations don t change, but I am saying that a non medical professional like Emily Oster is NOT qualified to speak with such authority on these issues This puts women and newborns at serious risk.For instance, the risks and inconvenience of avoiding deli meat and alcohol are tiny compared to the consequences if one contracts listeria during pregnancy or if it turns out that low dose alcohol does cause FASD or other health problems for newborns The major health organizations like the World Health Organizat...

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