What to Expect When You're Expecting meets Freakonomics: an award-winning economist disproves standard recommendations about pregnancy to empower women while they're expecting. From the author of Cribsheet, a data-driven decision making guide to the early years of parenting
Pregnancy—unquestionably one of the most profound, 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 Better is the book for every pregnant woman who wants to enjoy a healthy and relaxed pregnancy—and the occasional glass of wine.
* This audiobook includes a downloadable PDf of charts, graphs and an Appendix from the book.
Excellent content but…
I would give 5 stars if I actually READ the book, but since it takes for me too long reading in English, I opted for audiobooks.
The content of the book is incredible, a numbers cruncher is telling her “nerdy” obsession for answers, which I really appreciate. But God I can’t stand the tone of her voice… so sorry. It’s too nasal and reminds me the girl in school who always raised her hand for questions or comments… anyways, maybe is that type of girl who has done an incredible research, which, again I greatly appreciate!