Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies? The Surprising Science of Pregnancy by Jena Pincott

genre: non-fiction, pregnancy

I am a sucker for facts.  In this book, we delve into the nitty gritty of a pregnancy.  It's not so much a "how to" book or even a book about pregnancy stories.  What it really is is a review of what the scientific community has learned so far about what happens to mothers and babies during and after a pregnancy.  It's divided into very bite-size sections, so for those of us with pregnancy-brain, it's great for some before-bed or waiting-room reading.

The parts most interesting to me? The section about breastfeeding, particularly, and the section that talks about a lot of the myths of pregnancies - if morning sickness or belly-size can determine gender, do babies really look more like their fathers.  I also liked the section about foods and how what we eat actually can affect our unborn.  She does a great job of consolidating a ton of information and while much of it is very scientific (lots of talk about chemistry and hormones and the internal workings of human beings), she shares it in a very readable way.  I liked, for the most part, how she wove her own pregnancy experiences into the book - it moved things along.  While I'm not ready to buy it for every pregnant woman I know, I'm glad I picked it up.

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