What’s in it for me? Practical and pragmatic guidance through the labyrinth of pregnancy.

If you’re pregnant or planning a pregnancy, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the restrictions and guidelines. Maybe you’ve been told to cut out coffee and cold cuts, but you have no idea why. Maybe your doctor scolds you every time you gain a bit more weight than is recommended for pregnant women, and you’re paranoid about how it’s going to affect the baby.

During her own pregnancy, the author, Emily Oster, found that women are usually given a list of accepted rules to abide by without any explanation or scientific evidence. So she decided to evaluate the data, an endeavor made considerably easier by her experience as a leading economist. In the end, she discovered that, more often than not, these rules were either misguided or downright wrong. 

These blinks unveil Oster’s discoveries, debunking myths and untangling the more convoluted aspects of pregnancy, from conception to gestation to labor. 

In these blinks, you’ll learn

  • whether or not you should have that glass of wine;
  • the risks associated with prenatal screening and invasive testing; and
  • why TV water-break scenarios can be misleading.