Expecting Better (EPUB)


Expecting Better

Emily Oster ´ 3 free ead

After becoming pregnant I uickly learned that there are two types of pregnant women ok there are a lot than this but keep eading The first type says Show me proof that this will NOT hurt my baby and I will do it The second type says Show me proof that this WILL hurt my baby and I won t do it It turns out I am the second type which causes many of my friends and coworkers to be absolutely horrified at some of my behaviors most of which involve ingesting things Thankfully my husband and I are on the same pageAs an example a few months ago much earlier in my pregnancy I went to lunch with some ladies from work and I ordered a The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone roast beef sandwich One lady gasps in horror and says You aren t actually going to eat that are you To which I look at her like uh der no i just ordered it so i can throw it in the trash can over there Yes of course I was planning to eat it She says Aren t you worried about listeria From the deli meat and cheeseHere s the thing about listeria Yes it would suck to get it honestly it would suck even if I weren t pregnant but no one ever seems to worry about it then And it s veryisky during pregnancy because it can cause miscarriages even when the mother shows no symptoms But the last two US listeria outbreaks were in Ice cream bluebell and caramel apples source cdc and the biggest outbreak in Bright College Years: Inside the American Campus Today recent history was in cantelope in 2011 But you don t hear anyone freaking out if I want to eat some ice cream or apples or melon do you The way I figure it I take much of aisk driving to work every day on I 95 than I do by eating a oast beef sandwich So yeahWhen people started telling me all the things I cannot do or eat while pregnant my first uestion was always why not And 9 times out of 10 they didn t eally know Everyone knows you can t have coffee while pregnant Everyone knows you can t get massages while pregnant Everyone knows you can t have sushi while pregnant Says who What are the Catholics, Anglicans, and Puritans: Seventeenth-Century Essays reasons for thisIf you are like me and ask these kinds of uestions this book is definitely for youOster explains theeasons for all of the no no things during pregnancy as well as looking into their validity based on scientific studies And she provides all of the Histoire de F�nelon, Archev�que de Cambrai, Vol. 1: Compos�e Sur Les Manuscrits Originaux (Classic Reprint) references so you can go look up the papers yourself if you want to draw your own conclusions which I did in a few cases She also looks into pre pregnancy things timing conception trying for a specific gender etc non no no pregnancy things like genetic testing and medications for non pregnancyelated illness and labor things pros and cons of things like VBAC epidurals and episiotomies While she says she tries to be neutral and just provide the facts so the Contemporary Film Theory reader can make their own decisions I don t think she does a great job at this I mean she does provide the facts but she also tells us exactly what she decided to do based on these facts In most cases I came to the same conclusion but there were a few things which of course I don temember off hand where I made a different decision And that s okAnyway I thought this book was excellent It answered a lot of uestions both directly and indirectly through the Tagalog English Dictionary resources I had at the beginning of this pregnancy journey and made me feel a lot comfortable with the decisions I am making Highlyecommended As a physician I was curious about this book after a few of my friends PHP in Action: Objects, Design, Agility read it during their pregnancy First of all I found much of the data that she presented was uite interesting and I learned some of the specific aspects of prenatal care However importantly her tone smacks of privilege and she falls prey to many of the biases she criticizes doctors and ACOG for She skews how she discusses theesearch based on whether or not she agrees with it She appears to be critical of physicians not knowing the exact data of the hundreds of articles she presents without taking into consideration how little time we have to keep up with medical literature Most importantly she seems to universalize her experiences and those of other upper middle class friends to the entire US She projects her own belief that everyone should have access to minutia to make their own medical decisions Baby Elephant Gets Lost regardless of their ability to comprehend this level of detail I am glad Iead this book for the information it had but I m glad I m familiar with being able to detect cognitive biases and see through them for the actual "Data But She S Not "But she s not a peer 100 Themes de Conversation en Francais reviewed article she s writing a book for lay people I just hope no one out thereelies on this book than they do their physician I picked this one up after eading several eviews describe it as if you ead a single book about pregnancy this is the one you should ead And I completely agree THERE ARE SOURCES I swear it never occurred to me that the vast majority of pregnancy books would cite no sources whatsoever I don t care if you Street-Fighting Years: An Autobiography of the Sixties re a doctor Lots of people call themselves doctors and I m not going to take their advice On top of that the books often say things like Ask your doctor I meading pregnancy books so I can go to my doctor s appointments informed about all the different pros and cons and possible issues with things So that I can then talk to my doctor in an informed way Don t just tell me to talk to my doctor Why bother The Back House Ghosts reading a book thenAnyway Expecting Better is written by an economist Seem odd Sure But she was similarly frustrated by the lack of evidence given in pregnancy advice books or even by her doctors So she decided toesearch all the main uestions so she could make informed decisions In each chapter she presents multiple case studies and weighs all the different decisions new parents can make Her premise is that parents need to make informed decisions She doesn t tell you whether you should or shouldn t get on epidural or drink coffee etc but Haven: A Graphic Novel rather whatesearch shows so parents can make their own decision She argues that there s no Physical Basis of the Direction of Time, The. the Frontiers Collection. right or wrong answer only informed decisions Thus based on heresearch she decided against an epidural Based on the same The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction research I m going with an epidural Neither of us are wrong in our decisions wee making the choices that are best for us after esearching the effects of
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choiceI wish everyone this with everything waited to make an opi. What to Expect When You're Expecting meets Freakonomics an award winning economist disproves standard ecommendations about pregnancy to empower women while they're expectingPregnancy unuestionably one of the most pro­found meaningful experiences of adulthood can educe otherwise intelligent women to well babies We’re told to avoid cold cuts sushi alcohol and coffee but aren’t told  why these are forbidden Rules for prenatal testing are hard and fast and unexplained Are these ecommendations even correct Are all of them ight for every mom to be In  Expecting Better award winning economist Emily Oster prov. .
Nion about something until they d esearched multiple scenarios So far this is the only pregnancy book I ve The Forever Court (Knights of the Borrowed Dark read wortheading She didn t esearch all my uestions about pregnancy but thankfully I have access to medical esearch journals through the university I teach at so I m conducting my own Ola Shakes It Up research455 After 2 moderately complicated pregnancies and multiple thrown pregnancy books I wanted to like this I was attracted to the concept of applying decision making principles to pregnancy It s a great concept and not enough pregnancy literature emphasizes theisk and tradeoff model or if it does presents inaccurate isks The book has already gotten a backlash for daring to suggest that the zero tolerance approach to alcohol in pregnancy is not backed by evidence prompting 1 star eviews accusing the author of not caring about FASD This particular criticism is in my opinion overblown Unfortunately the book itself doesn t measure up to the concept A full treatment of the problem would be a weighty tome akin to Henci Goer s Obstetric Myths and Research Realities only less biased and up to date To her credit Oster do As heard on Planet MoneyThe New York Times appears to also have a Einatmen, Ausatmen review but they seem to have completely missed the point102013 I m only partway through this book but I cannot contain my exuberance This is finally the book that I had just assumed other pregnancy books would be but was sadly disappointed to discover they were notFor a givenisk factor such as caffeine alcohol or tobacco she lays out the studies that have been done highlights the strengths and weaknesses of each study shows what they found and then leaves the eader now armed with data to decide her own appropriate course of actionFor example caffeine There are a number of studies linking caffeine to miscarriages which have led different doctors to give their different ecommendations some doctors say up to three cups of coffee per day is ok others say two still others say absolutely no caffeine at all The problem with most of these studies is that it turns out that nausea is actually a sign of a healthy pregnancy and the nauseous you feel the less likely you are to miscarry Of course if you e feeling nauseous you want to drink coffee less than you otherwise might So any study comparing coffee drinking to non coffee drinking women might not be studying the effects of caffeine they might actually be studying the effects of nauseaFortunately there was one study in Denmark that paradise of public health data that issued free instant coffee to a large cohort of coffee drinking pregnant women and instructed them to eplace the coffee they would normally drink with the free instant coffee which was either caffeinated or decaffeinated The women assigned the caffeinated coffee consumed on average 200 mg caffeine per day than the women assigned the decaffeinated coffee but when the esearchers looked at birth weight length at birth gestational age at birth or head circumference they found zero zero difference between the two groups of babies It s pretty clear that caffeine has zero impact on the outcomes measuredNow of course coffee has a lot in it than just caffeine I could have sworn I had a molecule of the day post on cafestol and kahweol but I can t find it now so after eading that study you might still decide that for your own pregnancy you might prefer to err on the side of caution and cut down on coffee anyway and that s fine "BUT PERHAPS YOU MIGHT THINK TWICE BEFORE HASSLING SOMEONE "perhaps you might think twice before hassling someone for the choice she s made for herselfLike Emily Oster I find this kind of information a lot useful for decision making than simple ules like only one cup of coffee per day102013 later that day updateMy best estimate based on the data was that avoiding ham sandwiches would have lowered my isk of Listeria infection from 1 in 8255 to 1 in 8333 Would you want to do this Maybe Someone certainly could make a case for doing so However this change is Dahmer Detective: The Interrogation and Investigation That Shocked The World reallyeally small For me it wasn t worth itI LOVE
THIS BOOK A Little 
BOOK A little I m 29 weeks pregnant for the fourth time so I probably have interest in pregnancy than your average JoeWhen economist Emily Oster decided to have a baby she wanted to make informed decisions and assumed the medical community would offer her the statistic based information she is used to finding Instead she 20th Century Photography: Museum Ludwig Cologne received a lot of probably fine and lowisk vagueness Since her and her husband s profession is to find and analyze esearch she started eading studies #about pregnancy and drawing conclusions The The Scruffy Drunk: The Wife in Space, Volume 2 result is an easy toead story of her #pregnancy and drawing conclusions The Mise En Sc�ne: Cin�ma Et Lecture result is an easy toead story of her pregnancy experience the choices she made and the Deathless research she found Her object is to giveeaders the information to make their own informed decisions taking into account what the esearch means and then to factor in their own pluses and minuses the personal needs and preferences that influence any decision There are a few cases where she drew conclusions eg there is no evidence that outine episiotomy is helpful and is often harmful instead so you should skip it but she always offers the esearch if you want to make a different decision I honestly loved this than I thought I would It s incredibly complete I thought it was mostly about the conflicting advice given All alcohol is bad 1 2 drinks a week is fine Drinking in moderation is not a problem but in addition to that she covered pretty much every decision you have to make even ones that aren t framed as decisions Your doctor may not offer you all the prenatal testing options depending on isk factors but Oster breaks down all the available knowledge to help you decide what to The Third Lynx (Quadrail, reuest She also evaluates conflicting studies based on the uality of theesearch which is something laymen are not always skilled at and she has a PhD inI would highly Mixed Doubles recommend this book to pregnant women or those considering it there s a pre conception section If statistics offer you any comfort you ll enjoy the table detailing how likely you are to go into labor every week and your baby s chance of survival if you do And if scare tactics and theoutine treating of pregnant women like children annoys you you ll be glad to have all the pertinent Julio Bunny and the Foreign Lion (Free Audio Book Inside): --- Easter Book Collection For Kids research to make your own decis. Es that pregnancyules are often misguided and sometimes flat out wrongA 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 compli­cated 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 aising unfounded concerns Oster’s answer is yes and oftenPregnant women.
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Ions I also think it s a good ead for people interested in Dying Light research and its interpretation My onlyegret is that I bought a kindle book instead of a hard copy I think I ll Yaşayan Kur'an Meal-Tefsir refer to it and wish I could loan it out There is so much hubbub about this bookight now I was eally interested to ead it and before I started it I The Frankenstein Teacher (Corgi Pups) read a few news articles and some of the dozens of 1 stareviews on It turns out people are The Case of the General's Thumb really upset with Oster primarily for the chapter on drinking alcohol during pregnancy There are othereasons people are poo pooing the book too like the fact that she hardly interviewed any medical professionals about the topics she covered and instead elied almost entirely on her eading and interpretation of medical studies conducted over the past century or so This article for example takes issue with the fact that Oster who holds a PhD in Economics is eaching beyond her professional ealm and looking to interpret highly complex medical studies It I m now on my second An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles reading of this book It s so jam packed with enlightening facts and information that every expecting couple should know that I felt I shouldead it again just so I can Echoes from the Past retain it all a bit betterFirst let me address the alcohol issue since there s been a lot of backlash against this book online and on talkadio for suggesting that drinking a bit of alcohol during pregnancy is okay It is my opinion that the anti FASD Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder crusaders out there in comments sections of articles discussing this book have not The Master Strategist: Power, Purpose and Principle in Action read the book nor have theyead the studies Oster cites in her discussion of the topic Oster does NOT say that heavy or binge drinking during pregnancy is okay The studies she cites clearly show that heavybinge drinking is detrimental to fetal health Those same studies however demonstrate pretty clearly that light drinking up to 2 drinks PER WEEK not in the same day in the first trimester up to 4 drinks PER WEEK again not in the same day in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters has no effect on either fetal development or on intelligence of the child even up to age 14 There s a world of difference between light drinking as defined here and heavy or binge drinking and the most strident of Oster s critics seem not to grasp that difference Oster presents the studies the hard scientific data that backs up what she is saying This is not her opinion it s scientific evidence Intelligent pregnant women can take that information and process it themselves some women may decide that they d ather not drink any alcohol during their pregnancy while others may decide that an occasional drink with dinner is fine The point is that women who choose the second option should feel vindicated by the fact that all medical evidence points to their choice being safe for their babiesThe alcohol discussion however is just one part of one chapter of the book The est of the book looks at everything you could possibly be concerned about with a pregnancy Is deli meat okay Possibly not What about sushi Yes Hot yoga Depends on how hot it is Cleaning the cat litter box Fine Gardening Not fine All of the estrictions that pregnant women are told they must adhere to Oster evaluates by going to the original scientific studies Some estrictions are shown to be silly when viewed in light of the actual evidence Others are affirmed and you are given the precise Reasons Why The Restriction Exists why the The Oathbreaker's Shadow restriction exists you don t have to take Oster s word for it for all of the conclusions Oster comes to you caneach your own conclusions by simply going to the immensely valuable endnote section of the book and looking up the same studies she used to write the book In addition she combines information into very helpful graphs that express in one picture a wealth of knowledge One example is a graph of where different types of fish fall on the scale of mercury content bad for Baby s I versus Omega 3 content good for baby s I This would be great to have in your purse when you LEGO Kingdoms: Defend the Castle re out to dinner and thinking about a fish entr e so that youe not trying to look up this info on your smartphone being In Berlin Vielleicht rude to your dining companions Additionally Oster covers topics such as trying to conceive nausea what amount is normal what treatments there are both prescription and non genetic screening and amniocentesisCVSisk of chromosomal abnormalities and detection The Six-Cornered Snowflake and Other Poems rates of various procedures designed to find them miscarriageates broken down by age of the mother weight gain and exercise during pregnancy induced labor epidurals and If you want to know the facts behind the ecommendations "your doctor has given you this is the book for you You ll have the actual data "doctor has given you this is the book for you You ll have the actual data the original studies along with Oster s explanation of the statistics you need to know to make the best decisions for you personally I strongly ecommend this book I m astounded that an economist who is not a maternal newborn health care professional decided that being pregnant Evermore reading an obstetrics textbook andeviewing some studies makes her ualified to decide she can tell women to ignore eputable health organizations guidelines For instance the esearchers physicians midwives and other health care professionals are Usagi Yojimbo, Vol. 24: Return of the Black Soul reviewing the SAMEesearch information as Emily Oster is and have conclu The author of this book is committing child endangerment I did my graduate studies on fetal alcohol syndrome my family has members afflicted with fetal alcohol syndrome and between graduate and medical school I believe I have the authority to contradict the author and state uneuivocally that no amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy None Not during the first trimester not during the second not during the third The effects of alcohol on babies tear apart families and Saving Grace ruin lives I m not sure how she manages to come to this conclusion given the enormous amount of evidence stating the clear teratogenic effect of alcohol on the fetus and even the molecular mechanisms behind this It s not like we ve merely found a correlation between alcohol and birth defects We know the exact mechanisms behind these effects It is fact and a great disservice is being done to prospective mothers whoead this book and
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they can drink still protect their child. Face an endless stream of decisions from the casual Can I eat this to the frightening Is it worth Daughter of Witches (Lyra, risking a miscarriage to test for genetic defects  Expecting Better presents the hard facts andeal world advice you’ll never get at the doctor’s office or in the existing literature Oster’s World's Best Stress Busting Tips revelatory work identifies everything from theeal effects of caffeine and tobacco to the surprising dangers of gardeningAny expectant mother knows that the health of her baby is paramount but she will be less anxious and better able to enjoy a healthy pregnancy if she is informed and can have the occasional glass of wine.

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