Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong–and What You Really Need to Know (The ParentData Series, Band 1) by Emily Oster

Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong--and What You Really Need to Know (The ParentData Series, Band 1)

Book title : Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong–and What You Really Need to Know (The ParentData Series, Band 1)
By : Emily Oster
Category : Books,Guidebooks,Health & Medicine
Wordcount : 209
Rating : 4.6
Publisher : Penguin Publishing Group; 1st edition (24 Jun. 2014)
Language : English
Paperback : 352 pages
isbn13 : 978-0143125709
Dimensions : 13.94 x 1.83 x 21.34 cm
Best seller rank : 74,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) 127 in Motherhood 289 in Pregnancy & Maternity (Books) 745 in Baby Guide
Salesrank : 74161

“Emily Oster is the non-judgmental girlfriend holding our hand and guiding us through pregnancy and motherhood. She has done the work to get us the hard facts in a soft, understandable way.” —Amy Schumer*Fully Revised and Updated for 2021*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 and The Family Firm, 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.

Ich kann dieses Buch wirklich nur jedem ans Herz legen, der sich auch von der schieren Menge an Schwangerschaftsgeboten und verboten erschlagen fühlt. Nach Google gibt es kein Lebensmittel, das nicht irgend eine potentielle Auswirkung auf das Baby haben könnte, ganz zu schweigen von all den Sportarten und sonstigen Gewohnheiten. Hier hat sich eine Sozialwissenschaftlerin mit dem Thema auseinandergesetzt und die größten Schwangerschaftsweisheiten auf den Prüfstand gestellt. Zum Beispiel geht es um das Thema Alkohol, Rauchen, Gewichtszunahme, Fleisch und Fisch. Jedes Mal beschreibt die Autorin eingängig, wo solche Weisheiten herkommen und wie die aktuelle Studienlage zu dem Thema aussieht. Ich fühle mich durch das Buch informierter und weniger herumkommandiert, da ich auf Grund der präsentierten Fakten meine eigenen Schlüsse ziehen darf.Ein einziges Manko für mich war letztendlich die Auswahl und Betonung der diskutierten Themen, die dann doch eben durch das Interesse der Autorin gefärbt waren. Beispielsweise schreibt sie sehr lange und ausführlich über das Thema Alkohol und kommt zu dem Schluss, dass eben ein Glas zum Essen unbedenklich ist – obgleich nachvollziehbar wirkt es doch ironisch, dass das Thema “Gärtnern” dagegen in nur einem Satz abgetan wird als hoch gefährlich (da die Gefahr der Toxoplasmoseinfektion besteht). Wahrscheinlich liegt das auch an der Menge an Studien zu den jeweiligen Themen, doch ich hätte mir tatsächlich hier noch eine etwas breitere Facette gewünscht.

Sobald man schwanger ist, prasseln allerlei wohlgemeinte Ratschläge auf einen ein. Ausserdem wird man ständig mit Regeln konfrontiert, die man zwar befolgen sollte, die einem aber trotzdem keiner so richtig erklären kann. “Solltest du wirklich noch Kaffee trinken?” Darfst du denn überhaupt noch fliegen jetzt?” “Die Katze solltest du jetzt aber doch nicht mehr streicheln..” etc.Dieses Buch bringt all diese Regeln und Ratschläge auf den Tisch, beleuchtet die zugrundeliegende Wissenschaft und erläutert anhand von gut belegten Fakten und wissenschaftlichen Veröffentlichungen die Sachlage – so das man sich endlich einmal gut informiert fühlt, sich ein eigenes “Regelwerk” erschaffen kann und bei kritischen Kommentaren die richtigen Gegenargumente hat, wenn man sich mit sowas denn überhaupt aufhalten möchte.

I did not like this book for several reasons. I actually would rather recommend Bumpology to anyone that came to this book looking for scientific basis on pregnancy and related topics.I felt the author exaggerated often, like buying a doppler to check that her baby was fine because she did not feel it move sometimes. Somehow she did not seem to be able to understand certain biology concepts, and instead wanted numbers to understand them, like the likelihood of having a child at a particular week. No one can tell your particular likelihood of that because the birth is determined by a cross talk between your body and your baby’s. To me, it seems this book was more of a therapy for her and her inability to control or understand what was happening, by trying to put everything in graphs, or putting together numbers from certain studies and analyzing them.On another issue, It is true that in some cases after having the information we need to make a decision, different people will make a distinct decision, BUT some of the information that she talks about should not be up to interpretation, some of it are facts and should be treated as such.Then, for all her talk on being very analytical, and wanting to have all the information, most of the book is the opposite. She focuses shortly in the data she looked at from studies, while most of the writing is repetitive or a recount of anecdotal recounts of how she felt about this or that. Those anecdotes used a short introduction could have been fine, but it was too much for my taste. Of course, some people might enjoy this kind of writing, I was expecting the analytical part and that was rather short.She also does not seem to take the consensus in science but rather pick studies here and there. There is something called the Cochrane review, which collects all studies that can be compared to inform about the consensus in science at the moment on a particular health related topic. She never talks about it or refers to it. She probably does not know about it, since biology or medicine are not her field. One study citing something is not a definitive evidence of something in science, reproducible outcomes and proper controls on experiments are key to get to a consensus. From the way she talks about the studies, she seems to have no idea of this and other concepts related to experiment design.Then, the writer seems to have a problem with doctors and their instructions in general, and paint them in a rather negative light. I can sympathize with someone that does not feel at ease with one dr and his/her answers to her concerns, I have been there personally; but she did not look for another doctor where she got the answers she looked for. Instead, she often refers to medical staff, or doctors in a rather negative way, inferring that they do not think women are smart enough to understand, or make decisions. Many of those doctors and staff are women too, and it is exaggerated to think that every doctor is the same.I think she is rather irresponsible to make certain statements without the understanding or physiology, or biology. Like when she talks about gaining weight, and how it is not important, nevertheless it is known to be a factor in the likelihood of getting pregnancy diabetes, which she makes sound rather innocuous even for the child. Or when she talks about which medications you can take or not during pregnancy. The lack of current evidence does not mean you can take it. Recently a long term study showed how a painkiller thought to be fine for pregnancy, showed that it is not. She even recommends a medication for allergies, that during pregnancy it is NOT recommended. I think to explain how the FDA carries out the clasification was a good idea, if she had saved the negativity about the FDA and how they think we are all stupid (which I do not agree on), but she should leave the recommendation of specific medication to a doctor. Not only, because no matter what she thinks she is not qualified to judge this, but because with new research guidelines change, and she might be recommending there things that are not fit for pregnancy.I just can not recommend this book to anyone.

I found this book rather annoying, because the author makes use of her own interpretation and selection of medical studies, based on her best guess of validity. However she gets caught up quite frequently using biases and less than sound methodology for the purpose, which leaves me with the feeling there should actually be a warning printed on the book that it can merely be read for entertainment and not for actual opinion building. One can gamble and be lucky, but must be prepared to live with the consequences.

The delivery was timely, the book in perfect conditions (no dented corners, no scratches… no nothing)The book itself I am enjoying, in my opinion it does a good comparison/evaluation of different studies and explains why some may be more “valid” than others. Quite re-asuring and complete with information that may help you make better decisions based on your life and habits bs the standard cookie cutter generalizations.I decided to buy this INSTAD of “What to expect when you’re expecting” even if they aren’t directly on the same level/purpose, I haven’t felt the need to be told what to expect and go into packing when it doesn’t happen. There are enough apps for that.Plus, understanding how studies are done and the lack of information that is said about them, having this evaluation of these studies is great for understanding better.ABSOLUTELY recommended, even before starting to look for a baby

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