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Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong-and What You Really Need to Know Hardcover – August 20, 2013

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New York Times:
"Expecting Better will be a revelation for curious mothers-to-be whose doctors fail to lay out the pros and cons of that morning latte, let alone discuss real science. And it makes for valuable homework before those harried ob-gyn appointments, even for lucky patients whose doctors are able to talk about the rationale behind their advice."
 
New York Magazine:
"Emily Oster combs through hundreds of medical studies to debunk many widely followed dictates: no alcohol, no caffeine, no changing the kitty litter. Her conclusions are startling… Expecting Better walks women through medical literature surrounding every stage of pregnancy, giving them data to make informed decisions about their own pregnancy. "
 
New York Post:
"It seems that everyone—doctors, yoga teachers, mothers-in-law and checkout ladies at grocery stores—are members of the pregnancy police. Everyone has an opinion. But not everyone is Emily Oster, a Harvard-trained economics professor at the University of Chicago … To help the many women who reached out to Oster for advice, she compiled her conclusions in her new book, Expecting Better, which she describes as a kind of pregnancy 'by the numbers.'"
 
Associated Press:
"[Oster took] a deep dive into research covering everything from wine and weight gain to prenatal testing and epidurals. What she found was some of the mainstays of pregnancy advice are based on inconclusive or downright faulty science."
 
Daily Mail:
"Economist and author Emily Oster contradicts conventional wisdom and advocates a much more relaxed approach to pregnancy."

Parents.com:
“She’s such a brilliant researcher and wordsmith.”

The Times (UK)
"[Expecting Better] offers expectant mothers a new route to the delivery room."

Telegraph (UK) 
"A comprehensive and lively debunking of the myths surrounding pregnancy."

Harvey, Karp, MD, bestselling author of The Happiest Baby Guide to Sleep and The Happiest Baby on the Block:
"Expecting Better gives moms-to-be a big helping of peace of mind! Oster debunks many tired old myths and shines a light on issues that really matter."

Pamela Druckerman, New York Times bestselling author of Bringing Up Bébé and Bébé Day by Day:"It took someone as smart as Emily Oster to make it all this simple. She cuts through the thicket of anxiety and received wisdom, and gives us the facts. Expecting Better is both enlightening and calming. It almost makes me want to get pregnant."

Charles Wheelan, New York Times bestselling author of Naked Statistics:
"Expecting Better is a fascinating and reassuring tour of pregnancy and childbirth, with data leading the way at every juncture.  From start to finish, Oster easily leads us through the key findings of the extant pregnancy-related research.  My only regret is that my wife and I had three children without the benefit of this insightful approach."
 
Rachel Simmons, New York Times bestselling author of Curse of the Good Girl:
"The only antidote to pregnancy anxiety is facts, and Emily Oster has them in spades. Disarmingly personal and easy to read, this book is guaranteed to cut your freaking out in half. Pregnancy studies has a new heroine. Every pregnant woman will cheer this book—and want to take Oster out for a shot of espresso."

Steven D. Levitt, New York Times bestselling co-author of Freakonomics:
"This is a fascinating—and reassuring—look at the most important numbers of your pregnancy. It will make parents-to-be rethink much of the conventional wisdom: think bed rest is a good idea? Think again. This may be the most important book about pregnancy you read."

About the Author

Emily Oster is an associate professor of economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She was a speaker at the 2007 TED conference and her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Esquire. Oster is married to economist Jesse Shapiro and is the also the daughter of two economists. She has one child, Penelope.

 


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5.0 out of 5 stars If you only read one book during pregnancy, make sure it is this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BOOK EVERYONE SHOULD READ!!! A no-bullshit guide to pregnancy
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