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Expecting Better


A pregnancy guide of what you really need to know

An award-winning economist and mom disproves standard recommendations about pregnancy to empower women while they're expecting.

Pregnant women are told to avoid cold cuts, sushi, alcohol, and coffee without ever being told why these are forbidden. Rules for prenatal testing are similarly unexplained. Moms-to-be desperately want a resource that empowers them to make their own right choices.

When award-winning economist and mom Emily Oster, PhD evaluated the data behind the accepted rules of pregnancy, she discovered that most are often misguided and some are just flat-out wrong. Debunking myths and explaining everything from the real effects of caffeine to the surprising dangers of gardening, Expecting Better is the book for every pregnant woman who wants to enjoy a healthy and relaxed pregnancy.

  • Written by Emily Oster, professor of economics at Brown University and mom-of-two

  • Reviewed by New York Times and Parents Magazine

  • Newly revised in 2019