Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Book Review: Expecting Better

Expecting Better: How to Fight the Pregnancy Establishment with FactsExpecting Better: How to Fight the Pregnancy Establishment with Facts by Emily Oster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oster, an economics professor, wanted to know the "why" behind all of the recommendations she was given during her first pregnancy, and she figured she wasn't the only one. So she wrote a book examining all the studies that have led to various recommendations for pregnancy and childbirth, with very interesting conclusions...but it was like a cliffhanger ending regarding breastfeeding; the author only mentioned it in the epilogue that the nurse wanted to supplement with formula in the hospital since her newborn daughter had lost 11% of her body weight, and Oster realized she had more research to do. Hopefully there will be a sequel! I appreciated her conversational style and the way she simplified the medical research. I'd recommend this to anyone interested in pregnancy and the current medical system.

*Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an e-galley for review.

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