This book was not only full of important information but the reasons behind it.
So many women wonder why certain foods are off limits and Oster explains why. Irony, sushi grade tuna is actually safer for your fetus than the canned stuff. The fear of cat litter only matters if your exposure to toxoplasmosis from it is high. If you have a completely indoor cat, you’re fine. You can also be immune from a previous exposure. Unfortunately, I am not and neither my job nor I want to risk it.
Oster explains the concerns with hot tubs and hot yoga. IDGAF about either of those so I skimmed but I’m sure many women out there care. Another important point was the benefit of exercise and how useless bed rest actually is. Don’t run a marathon but remaining immobile basically does sweet FA.
I got the first run hardcover so some of the information was a bit dated already. I skimmed the chapter on testing for certain medical conditions in your baby. They took my blood, which has fetal DNA, and verified my baby has the correct number of chromosomes including a Y. Several of the tests she listed weren’t even relevant to me because of this.
I plan on revisiting some of the later chapters closer to my due date. I’m still open to an epidural but am less hyped for it now that I know it can impact birth position. I now know I can insist on no cutting unless absolutely necessary because some places routinely do it.