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Bumpology: The Myth-Busting Pregnancy Book for Curious Parents-To-Beby Linda Geddes
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From award-winning science journalist Linda Geddes, a fascinating and practical companion for expectant parents that makes sense of conflicting advice about pregnancy, birth, and raising babies.
The moment she discovers she's pregnant, every woman suddenly has a million questions about the life that's developing inside of her. Linda Geddes was no different, except that as a journalist writing for New Scientist, she had access to the most up-to-date scientific research. What began as a personal quest to find the truth behind headlines and information that didn’t patronize or confuse became a much-discussed weekly column and is now a brilliant new book.
In Bumpology, Geddes discusses the latest research on every topic that expectant parents encounter, from miscarriage to breastfeeding, exercise to hot tubs, cravings to stretch marks, and much, much more. She also seeks to alleviate some of the worries pregnant woman face each day. We are constantly bombarded with conflicting, often misleading information: Don’t eat too much, as it may raise the baby’s risk of diabetes. But don’t diet, either, as that could have a similar effect. Avoid exercise, as it could trigger a miscarriage, but stay active. Just thinking about these things is enough to raise anyone’s blood pressure—but pregnant women need to be careful about that, too, because stress can be bad for the baby. Geddes cuts through the confusion with wisdom, and wit.
Packed with astonishing facts, Bumpology answers any question you’ve ever wondered about having a baby.
"For Geddes, a London-based science journalist and mother of two, this book began as a 14-part blog written for New Scientist magazine during her first pregnancy. As questions multiplied, the ensuing book became 'a two-and-a-half-year obsession with the science of bumps, birth, and newborn babies.' Divided into three sections ('Bump,' 'Birth,' and 'Babies'), the text covers a wide range of questions: mundane, quirky, fascinating, and somber. Each section is then broken down into such topics as 'Food and Drink,' 'The Pregnant Body,' 'The Big Push,' and 'Weaning.' This structure helps readers focus on their specific interests, though the book might just as easily be read as an entertaining romp through the new parent's mind. Geddes explains her method of sifting through the research, noting that many studies need to be carefully dissected, and often citing the Cochran Collaboration, a respected group with a mission to 'cut through the confusion.' Because of the author's journalism background, Geddes's writing and science-based explanations are substantive yet accessible. Agent: Kristyn Keene, ICM." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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The moment she discovers she’s pregnant, every woman suddenly has a million questions about the life that’s developing inside her. Linda Geddes was no different, except that as a journalist writing for New Scientist magazine she had access to the most up-to-date scientific research. What began as a personal quest to find the truth behind headlines and information that didn’t patronize or confuse is now a brilliant new book. In Bumpology, Geddes discusses the latest research on every topic that expectant parents encounter, from first pregnancy symptoms to pregnancy diet, the right birth plan, and a baby’s first year.
About the Author
Linda Geddes is a London-based magazine journalist who writes about biology, medicine, and technology. She has worked as both a news editor and reporter for New Scientist magazine. She has received numerous awards for her journalism, including the Association of British Science Writers’ award for Best Investigative Journalism and the European School of Oncology’s Best Cancer Reporter. She was also shortlisted for the Paul Foot Award in 2011 and the Press and Periodicals Association’s Writer of the Year award in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
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