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Pregnancy Do's and Don'ts

(ABC)Challenging the conventional wisdom of pregnancy.
What's really off limits for women who are expecting?
Alcohol? Caffeine? Exercise?

A new book called "Expecting Better" looks at the research and tries to come up with answers to those questions.
With all the rules and questions how can any woman truly know what to expect when you're expecting?

Now one Chicago economist says some of those age-old pregnancy do's and don'ts may not be true Emily Oster, author of "Expecting Better" used her love of
statistics to comb through *hundreds* of pregnancy studies and came to her own conclusions.

Emily Oster
I  found the // conflicting advice overwhelming and I wanted to get to the real facts

Rule number one: Occasional adult beverages are off limits.  Not true says Oster.
Emily Oster
I found that evidence overwhelmingly suggested that having an occasional drink-even maybe a glass of wine a day is not dangerous for your baby.

Rule number two: Pregnant woman should cut out their morning cup of Joe.  Not true says Oster.
I found that caffeine in moderation is also fine, by that I mean something like two to four cups a day depending on // how cautious you want to be.

Rule number three:  Adding a little life to your *yard* could harm your baby.  True! Says Oster.
There is some risk to increase birth defects if you do a lot of outdoor gardening when you are pregnant. that can increase rates of Toxoplasmosis

Oster is *not* a medical doctor and  many Obstetricians disagree with her collective findings-especially on alcohol

Dr. Donnica Moore
There is no amount of alcohol in pregnancies that should be considered safe.   Anything that the mother ingests goes through the placenta and the blood stream to the fetus.

Take it or leave it-Oster hopes her research helps pregnant women draw their own conclusions.
I think it is very important for women to take their pregnancy into their own hands and make decisions for themselves.

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