Expecting Better

Expecting Better

Why the Conventional Wisdom Is Wrong-- and What You Really Need to Know

eBook - 2013
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-- Why A mom-to-be herself, Oster debunks the myths of pregnancy using her particular mode of critical thinking: economics, the study of how we get what we want. Oster knows that the value of anything?a home, an amniocentesis?is in the eyes of the informed beholder, and like any compli?cated endeavor, pregnancy is not a one-size-fits-all affair. And yet medicine often treats it as such. Are doctors working from bad data? Are well-meaning friends and family perpetuating false myths and raising unfounded concerns? Oster?s answer is yes, and often. Pregnant women face an endless stream of decisions, from the casual (Can I eat this?) to the frightening (Is it worth risking a miscarriage to test for genetic defects?). -- any · Many unnecessary labor inductions could be avoided by simply staying hydrated. · Epidurals are great for pain relief and fine for your baby, but they do carry some risks for mom. · Limiting women to ice chips during labor is an antiquated practice; you should at least be able to sneak in some Gatorade. · You shouldn?t worry about dyeing your hair or cleaning the cat?s litter box, but gardening while pregnant can actually be risky. · Hot tubs, hot baths, hot yoga: avoid (at least during the first trimester). · You should be more worried about gaining too little weight during pregnancy than gaining too much. · Most exercise during pregnancy is fine (no rock climbing!), but there isn t much evidence that it has benefits. Except for exercising your pelvic floor with Kegels: that you should be doing. · Your eggs do not have a 35-year-old sell-by date: plenty of women get pregnant after 35 and there is no sudden drop in fertility on your birthday. · Miscarriage risks from tests like the CVS and Amniocentesis are far lower than cited by most doctors. · Pregnancy nausea may be unpleasant, but it s a good sign: women who are sick are less likely to miscarry.
Publisher: New York : The Penguin Press, 2013
ISBN: 1101617934 (electronic bk.)
9781101617939 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK 618.2 OST
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Mrs_Gentile
May 01, 2015

This book spends less time scaring you and more time explaining just how worried you should be about certain dangers while being pregnant. As someone who appreciates hard facts and numbers it gave me the opportunity to prioritize what I should really watch out for and what I can just let go.

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LThomp
Mar 24, 2014

An interesting read, but don’t make this your only source of information. I like her overall premise; you need to be informed in order to make decisions about your pregnancy. She even say’s that decisions are going to be different for every person. But her own personal bias’ creep into the information she is trying to impart.

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Myrddrin
Jan 21, 2014

A well-researched and informative review of the primary medical literature about many common pregnancy-related concerns. Contrary to some reviews, doesn't preach a certain approach, but provides an analysis of the (well-designed) studies in the literature in order to allow women to make more informed decisions.

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