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LOVE: 46 NEUTRAL: 5
REGRET: 1 WANT: 14

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LOVE: 46 NEUTRAL: 5
REGRET: 1 WANT: 14
  • I LOVED this book! The research Emily did provided the perfect amount of knowledge and peace of mind so I could make educated decisions in regards to the health of myself and my baby. Nov 20, 2019

    • Leigh B.
    • Greensboro, North Carolina

    Should be required reading for all prospective parents. Oster presents the data behind advice so you can make your own decisions about what's right for you and your baby. I also recommend Cribsheet. Sep 11, 2019

    • Jen L.
    • New Orleans, Louisiana

    As a high anxiety, engineer mom, having all this data helped me feel much better about making choices for my pregnancy. Sep 05, 2019

  • I found this book extremely helpful. It is based on extensive research by a woman who was going through it herself. I learned so much and it helped me feel confident in my decision making. Aug 23, 2019

    • Erin N.
    • Hampstead, North Carolina

    Great book challenging current pregnancy norms backed by research Aug 04, 2019

  • This is the only pregnancy book that matters. Forget conventional wisdom. Emily gives you vetted science based facts so you can drink your coffee without guilt, and make every decision with confidence Jun 19, 2019

    • Ann M.
    • Tacoma, Washington

    I loved this book! It's funny and definitely helped me make some more educated decisions during my pregnancy. Jan 04, 2019

  • This book had some good debunking of some old wives' tales come from that were backed by science. This is a good read. Dec 15, 2018

    • Alex T.
    • BROOKLYN, New York

    This book has been my "pregnancy bible" - it has all the info I need, and nothing more. I love the data driven approach, simple reference sheets, and easy to read tone. My husband loved it too! Nov 08, 2018

    • Jamie G.
    • United States of America

    Once again found myself recommending this book this week, five years after I first read it. If numbers and stats comfort you, this is the pregnancy book for you. Hooray, science! Aug 17, 2018

  • An economist's assessment of how women's actions affect their babies prior to birth. Not all will agree with her conclusions, but good food for thought when deciding things like whether to eat sushi! Mar 11, 2018

  • If you want evidence-based information, this book is for you. It definitely helped ease my mind about pregnancy. Jan 20, 2018

  • great book for de-mysitifying all the scary "no's" that you hear about what to do and eat while pregnant Nov 28, 2017

  • Practical guide on getting pregnant and pregnancy using real life data and not antidotal information. Oct 19, 2017

  • I really like the author’s approach to each topic. So much of what you read in pregnancy attempts to scare you and this presents real data behind the discussion of each topic. Oct 11, 2017

  • This book made me feel both much more informed and much more relaxed about what I could, should and couldn't do during pregnancy. A must read! Sep 09, 2017

  • Love the science-backed advice this book gives (spoiler: most of the old wives tales are BS). I literally gift this book to everyone I know who is expecting. Aug 28, 2017

  • Gives you the research behind traditional advice. I did drink some wine while pregnant. Jun 09, 2017

  • Nice science based info. It helps give you reasons why you might want to (or not want to) follow conventional pregnancy rules. Apr 20, 2017

  • Give you all the information you need to make the right pregnancy decisions for you and your family. She provides hard facts in a digestible way, and lets you interpret it what it means for you. Dec 02, 2016

  • I LOVED having a book that finds the numbers and studies so I didn't have to, I'm very much like the author in wanting to know figures, not just "Well for some people it's like this." Very informative Oct 05, 2016

  • I really like the long term studies they highlight in this book. Checked it out from my local library, and I recommend it to all my pregnant friends. Jul 22, 2016

    • Liz A.
    • Norwalk, Connecticut

    Data and current info all about modern pregnancy. I love and trust this book, so different than all the other old/traditional books out there. Nov 28, 2015

  • This book has become my bible. She lays out all the data about conventional pregnancy "facts" - some of which are not straightforward - & allows us to make decisions for ourselves. Highly recommend. Nov 11, 2015

  • Made the "rules" of pregnancy bearable and understandable. Aug 19, 2015

    • Sophie C.
    • WEST LEEDERVILLE, Australia

    Finally! A book that removes the hysteria from listeria and puts the logic back into pregnancy Jun 11, 2015

  • Oster's approach to pregnancy through the lens of economics/data analysis is insightful and valuable to read. Apr 01, 2015

  • I work in science publishing, so natch I'd be drawn to this. This was such a REASONABLE approach to everything, I found it to be a great resource, especially regarding prenatal testing. Feb 17, 2015

  • Rather than the traditional, prescriptive pregnancy advice, Oster gives you the facts and lets you decide. Very liberating in the world of hysterical pregnancy "don'ts" and "nevers." Oct 28, 2014

  • This was the only pregnancy book I read. An economist examines conventional pregnancy wisdom to assess the risks, then leaves the final choices up to you. Very informative and helpful. Oct 05, 2014

    • Laura B.
    • United States of America

    Love understanding why the "rules" are in place and how to best navigate them. My favorite pregnancy book Sep 25, 2014

  • Made me feel so much more prepared for pregnancy than other books do. Rational, even, gives you the FACTS and lets you make decisions that make sense for you! Must-read. Aug 13, 2014

  • A great book for a woman who wants to make educated decisions on the risks during pregnancy. Now you finally have answers as to why we 'can't' eat sushi or shouldn't drink coffee. It felt so good being able to make an educated decision thanks to Emily's straightforward, easy to digest, approach to statistical data. Jun 04, 2014

  • This is an excellent, well-informed, easy to follow book full of actual research - unlike many of the blanket statements about what you "should" or "should not" do while pregnant. HIGHLY recommend! Apr 29, 2014

  • Interesting take on conventional pregnancy wisdom. Mar 01, 2014

    • Elana P.
    • United States of America

    Great book. Offers rational, analytical advice without the hysteria present in so many other pregnancy books. Feb 13, 2014

  • Love this look at the mess of information and "studies" that dictate our choices. Great "Other side" to the stories. Feb 12, 2014

    • Julia S.
    • United States of America

    The thinking woman's guide to pregnancy! This book made me feel so much more confident in making decisions - and explaining them to in-laws, co-workers, etc. Jan 29, 2014

  • Although I won't follow all of the "allowable" recommendations of this book, I found it extremely helpful to get solid numbers and facts regarding all of the pregnancy do's and don't's Jan 21, 2014

  • Takes the myth out of pregnancy by providing you with all the raw data doctors use to provide recommendations. Treats pregnant women like adults by letting us come to our own educated decisions. Dec 18, 2013

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  • I LOVED this book! The research Emily did provided the perfect amount of knowledge and peace of mind so I could make educated decisions in regards to the health of myself and my baby. Nov 20, 2019

    • Leigh B.
    • Greensboro, North Carolina

    Should be required reading for all prospective parents. Oster presents the data behind advice so you can make your own decisions about what's right for you and your baby. I also recommend Cribsheet. Sep 11, 2019

    • Jen L.
    • New Orleans, Louisiana

    As a high anxiety, engineer mom, having all this data helped me feel much better about making choices for my pregnancy. Sep 05, 2019

  • I found this book extremely helpful. It is based on extensive research by a woman who was going through it herself. I learned so much and it helped me feel confident in my decision making. Aug 23, 2019

    • Erin N.
    • Hampstead, North Carolina

    Great book challenging current pregnancy norms backed by research Aug 04, 2019

  • This is the only pregnancy book that matters. Forget conventional wisdom. Emily gives you vetted science based facts so you can drink your coffee without guilt, and make every decision with confidence Jun 19, 2019

    • Ann M.
    • Tacoma, Washington

    I loved this book! It's funny and definitely helped me make some more educated decisions during my pregnancy. Jan 04, 2019

  • This book had some good debunking of some old wives' tales come from that were backed by science. This is a good read. Dec 15, 2018

    • Alex T.
    • BROOKLYN, New York

    This book has been my "pregnancy bible" - it has all the info I need, and nothing more. I love the data driven approach, simple reference sheets, and easy to read tone. My husband loved it too! Nov 08, 2018

    • Jamie G.
    • United States of America

    Once again found myself recommending this book this week, five years after I first read it. If numbers and stats comfort you, this is the pregnancy book for you. Hooray, science! Aug 17, 2018

  • An economist's assessment of how women's actions affect their babies prior to birth. Not all will agree with her conclusions, but good food for thought when deciding things like whether to eat sushi! Mar 11, 2018

  • If you want evidence-based information, this book is for you. It definitely helped ease my mind about pregnancy. Jan 20, 2018

  • great book for de-mysitifying all the scary "no's" that you hear about what to do and eat while pregnant Nov 28, 2017

  • Practical guide on getting pregnant and pregnancy using real life data and not antidotal information. Oct 19, 2017

  • I really like the author’s approach to each topic. So much of what you read in pregnancy attempts to scare you and this presents real data behind the discussion of each topic. Oct 11, 2017

  • This book made me feel both much more informed and much more relaxed about what I could, should and couldn't do during pregnancy. A must read! Sep 09, 2017

  • Love the science-backed advice this book gives (spoiler: most of the old wives tales are BS). I literally gift this book to everyone I know who is expecting. Aug 28, 2017

  • Gives you the research behind traditional advice. I did drink some wine while pregnant. Jun 09, 2017

  • Nice science based info. It helps give you reasons why you might want to (or not want to) follow conventional pregnancy rules. Apr 20, 2017

  • Give you all the information you need to make the right pregnancy decisions for you and your family. She provides hard facts in a digestible way, and lets you interpret it what it means for you. Dec 02, 2016

  • I LOVED having a book that finds the numbers and studies so I didn't have to, I'm very much like the author in wanting to know figures, not just "Well for some people it's like this." Very informative Oct 05, 2016

  • I really like the long term studies they highlight in this book. Checked it out from my local library, and I recommend it to all my pregnant friends. Jul 22, 2016

    • Liz A.
    • Norwalk, Connecticut

    Data and current info all about modern pregnancy. I love and trust this book, so different than all the other old/traditional books out there. Nov 28, 2015

  • This book has become my bible. She lays out all the data about conventional pregnancy "facts" - some of which are not straightforward - & allows us to make decisions for ourselves. Highly recommend. Nov 11, 2015

  • Made the "rules" of pregnancy bearable and understandable. Aug 19, 2015

    • Sophie C.
    • WEST LEEDERVILLE, Australia

    Finally! A book that removes the hysteria from listeria and puts the logic back into pregnancy Jun 11, 2015

  • Oster's approach to pregnancy through the lens of economics/data analysis is insightful and valuable to read. Apr 01, 2015

  • I work in science publishing, so natch I'd be drawn to this. This was such a REASONABLE approach to everything, I found it to be a great resource, especially regarding prenatal testing. Feb 17, 2015

  • Rather than the traditional, prescriptive pregnancy advice, Oster gives you the facts and lets you decide. Very liberating in the world of hysterical pregnancy "don'ts" and "nevers." Oct 28, 2014

  • This was the only pregnancy book I read. An economist examines conventional pregnancy wisdom to assess the risks, then leaves the final choices up to you. Very informative and helpful. Oct 05, 2014

    • Laura B.
    • United States of America

    Love understanding why the "rules" are in place and how to best navigate them. My favorite pregnancy book Sep 25, 2014

  • Made me feel so much more prepared for pregnancy than other books do. Rational, even, gives you the FACTS and lets you make decisions that make sense for you! Must-read. Aug 13, 2014

  • A great book for a woman who wants to make educated decisions on the risks during pregnancy. Now you finally have answers as to why we 'can't' eat sushi or shouldn't drink coffee. It felt so good being able to make an educated decision thanks to Emily's straightforward, easy to digest, approach to statistical data. Jun 04, 2014

  • This is an excellent, well-informed, easy to follow book full of actual research - unlike many of the blanket statements about what you "should" or "should not" do while pregnant. HIGHLY recommend! Apr 29, 2014

  • Interesting take on conventional pregnancy wisdom. Mar 01, 2014

    • Elana P.
    • United States of America

    Great book. Offers rational, analytical advice without the hysteria present in so many other pregnancy books. Feb 13, 2014

  • Love this look at the mess of information and "studies" that dictate our choices. Great "Other side" to the stories. Feb 12, 2014

    • Julia S.
    • United States of America

    The thinking woman's guide to pregnancy! This book made me feel so much more confident in making decisions - and explaining them to in-laws, co-workers, etc. Jan 29, 2014

  • Although I won't follow all of the "allowable" recommendations of this book, I found it extremely helpful to get solid numbers and facts regarding all of the pregnancy do's and don't's Jan 21, 2014

  • Takes the myth out of pregnancy by providing you with all the raw data doctors use to provide recommendations. Treats pregnant women like adults by letting us come to our own educated decisions. Dec 18, 2013

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