Expecting Better

Expecting Better

How to Fight the Pregnancy Establishment With Facts

Book - 2013
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"Expecting Better" overturns standard recommendations for alcohol, caffeine, sushi, bed rest, and induction while putting in context the blanket guidelines for fetal testing, weight gain, risks of pregnancy over the age of thirty-five, and nausea, among others. Oster offers the real-world advice one would never get at the doctor's office. Knowing that the health of your baby is paramount, readers can know more and worry less. Having information is a tremendous relief - and so is the occasional glass of wine. This groundbreaking guidebook is as fascinating as it is practical.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Press,, [2013].
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781594204753
Characteristics: xxii, 313 pages :,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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