Expecting Better by Emily Oster audiobook

Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong—And What You Really Need to Know

By Emily Oster
Read by Karen White

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9781594204753
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An award-winningsocial scientist uses the tools of economics to debunk myths about pregnancyand to empower women to make better decisions while they’re expecting. Pregnancy is full of rules. Pregnant women are often treatedas if they were children, given long lists of items to avoid—alcohol, caffeine,sushi—without any real explanation from their doctors about why. They hearfrightening and contradictory myths from friends and pregnancy books about everything from weight gain tosleeping on your back to bed rest. EconomistEmily Oster believes there is a better way. In Expecting Better, she shows that the information given to pregnantwomen is sometimes wrong and almost always oversimplified, and she debunks ahost of standard recommendations on everything from drinking to fetal testing. When Oster was expecting her first child, she felt powerlessto make the right decisions. How doctors think and what patients need are twovery different things. So Oster drew on her own experience and went in searchof the real facts about pregnancy using an economist’s tools. Economics is notjust a study of finance. It’s the science of determining value and making informeddecisions. To make a good decision, you need to understand the informationavailable to you and to know what it means to you as an individual. Take alcohol. We all know that Americans are cautious aboutdrinking during pregnancy. Official recommendations call for abstinence. ButOster argues that the medical research doesn’t support this; the vast majorityof studies show no impact from an occasional drink. The few studies that docondemn light drinking are deeply flawed, including one in which the lightdrinkers were also heavy cocaine users. Expecting Better overturns standard recommendations for alcohol,caffeine, sushi, bed rest, and induction while putting in context the blanketguidelines for fetal testing, weight gain, risks of pregnancy over the age ofthirty-five, nausea, and more. Oster offers the real-world advice onewould never get at the doctor’s office. The health of your baby isparamount, and with this practical guide readers can know more and worry less. Having the numbers is atremendous relief—and so is the occasional glass of wine.

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Summary

Summary

An award-winningsocial scientist uses the tools of economics to debunk myths about pregnancyand to empower women to make better decisions while they’re expecting.

Pregnancy is full of rules. Pregnant women are often treatedas if they were children, given long lists of items to avoid—alcohol, caffeine,sushi—without any real explanation from their doctors about why. They hearfrightening and contradictory myths from friends and pregnancy books about everything from weight gain tosleeping on your back to bed rest. EconomistEmily Oster believes there is a better way. In Expecting Better, she shows that the information given to pregnantwomen is sometimes wrong and almost always oversimplified, and she debunks ahost of standard recommendations on everything from drinking to fetal testing.

When Oster was expecting her first child, she felt powerlessto make the right decisions. How doctors think and what patients need are twovery different things. So Oster drew on her own experience and went in searchof the real facts about pregnancy using an economist’s tools. Economics is notjust a study of finance. It’s the science of determining value and making informeddecisions. To make a good decision, you need to understand the informationavailable to you and to know what it means to you as an individual.

Take alcohol. We all know that Americans are cautious aboutdrinking during pregnancy. Official recommendations call for abstinence. ButOster argues that the medical research doesn’t support this; the vast majorityof studies show no impact from an occasional drink. The few studies that docondemn light drinking are deeply flawed, including one in which the lightdrinkers were also heavy cocaine users.

Expecting Better overturns standard recommendations for alcohol,caffeine, sushi, bed rest, and induction while putting in context the blanketguidelines for fetal testing, weight gain, risks of pregnancy over the age ofthirty-five, nausea, and more. Oster offers the real-world advice onewould never get at the doctor’s office. The health of your baby isparamount, and with this practical guide readers can know more and worry less. Having the numbers is atremendous relief—and so is the occasional glass of wine.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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.” Steven D. Levitt, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Freakonomics
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.” Harvey Karp, MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiest Baby Guide to Sleep
“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.” Pamela Druckerman, New York Times bestselling author of Bringing Up Bébé

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Author Bio: Emily Oster

Author Bio: Emily Oster

Emily Oster is an associate professor of economics at the University of Chicago. 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. She is married to economist Jesse Shapiro and is also the daughter of two economists. She has one child, Penelope.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 9.10
Audience: Adult
Language: English