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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; Original edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439183341
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439183342
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A lively, accessible romp through the science of pregnancy...with wit, personal anecdotes and playful humor.  -- Kirkus  (starred review)

What a charm!...Enjoyable, insightful, and fascinating...This winning title deserves some talking up. -- Library Journal (starred review)

Pincott writes with humor and vibrancy, bringing science to life. -- Publishers Weekly

“Do Chocolate Lovers have Sweeter Babies is utterly fascinating … and a great read.”
—Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers: Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

“Having delivered many babies in Africa and raised one of my own, I was thrilled to find plenty of old-fashioned common sense suffusing Pincott’s survey of cutting-edge research. Casual, but never careless, her light style is a fine complement to her balanced, informed scholarship. Covering everything from martinis to Mozart, Pincott’s book is full of useful thinking that will inform and comfort expectant mothers (and fathers) everywhere.”
—Cacilda Jethá, M.D., co-author (with Christopher Ryan) of Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality

"In Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?, Jena Pincott takes us on a fascinating tour through the science of pregnancy. She answers questions, shares stories, and passes on insights gleaned from her exhaustive research. Reading it is like having a friend—an extraordinarily wise, funny, and well-informed friend—walk you through the nine months before birth. Pincott tells you everything you wanted to know about pregnancy but were afraid to ask."
—Annie Murphy Paul, author of Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives

"Delightful! This book is destined to become everywoman's --and man's --secret guide to pregnancy. A must read."
—Louann Brizendine, M.D. neuropsychiatrist author of The Female Brain and The Male Brain

From the Author

Science writer Jena Pincott spent her pregnancy and postpartum months asking the questions that doctors don't answer, and finding answers that expectant mothers will not expect. In this curiosity-led exploration into the "hidden side" of pregnancy, learn how amniotic fluid carries flavors and genes can play favorites, semen can be a fetus's friend or foe, the brain shrinks then grows, and what mind-control chemicals are doing in breast milk, sweat, and tears.

Drawing on studies in evolutionary psychology, biology, social science, neuroscience, reproductive genetics, endocrinology, and epigenetics, the influence of environment on the behavior of genes, Pincott explores questions such as:


* Why are your dreams more vivid?
* Why do skinny chicks have more daughters?
* Is the fetus tinkering with your brain?
* What does the baby's birth season predict about her personality?
* What do fetuses learn when they eavesdrop?
* Do boys really give you basketball bumps?
* Do fidgety fetuses become feisty babies?
* Where does maternal instinct come from?
* Does your stress sharpen your baby's mind -- or dull it?
* Can men breastfeed?
* Do mommies have better brains?
* How could Grandma's diet affect your child?

And could eating chocolate really make your baby sweeter?

More About the Author

Jena Pincott writes about the quirky, hidden side of science -- the shocking, subconscious, under-the-radar stuff. She is the author of Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies? Exploring the Surprising Science of Pregnancy, which received starred reviews from Kirkus and Library Journal. Her previous book, Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes? is about the science of love and attraction. Translated in 17 languages, the book received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. Her writing and interviews have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Redbook, and other publications.

Jena has a background in biology. Formerly a senior editor at Random House, she blogs at Psychology Today and Huffington Post. Jena's other books run the gamut from self-help and motivation (Healing and the bestselling Success) to science, technology, and history (Technomanifestos, Making the Cisco Connection). She also writes science fiction.

Jena lives in New York City with her husband, Peter, and baby daughter.

Read her blog at www.jenapincott.com

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This book has a lot of interesting information presented in a fun and easy read.
Monica Davis
I highly recommend this book as a gift to soon to be mothers or women who are interested in getting pregnant.
Zenaide Andrade
I am just towards the end of this, and can't even wait til finishing to review it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. J. FINE on January 4, 2013
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I'm an NPR dork -- I can't get enough of random information -- so this book was right up my alley. I bought several copies and when I find out a friend is expecting, if she's anywhere as near to my nerd level, I give them as gifts. Great great book!

Update: I've given this book to 3 pregnant friends now. One posted a public thank you to me on Facebook last night: "Thank you so much for recommending this book! I'm not even done with it yet and I love it!" and another texted me at 1am. "I can't put this book down. You are the best!".

I AM OFFICIALLY THE COOLEST FRIEND EVER. ;-)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Syrican on May 27, 2012
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Finally, a pregnancy book that goes beyond the typical, "today, your baby is an apricot and has eyes - make sure you're taking your Omega-3's!". Very fun, informative and fascinating without resorting to scare tactics, pushing an agenda, or assuming the reader is wholly new to the concept of pregnancy. Also, as the author mentions, the book is structured so you can skip straight to any question and read in short, digestible standalone chapters. I'll be gifting this to every newly pregnant friend I have.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Mooney on March 26, 2012
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I am a scientist and am also pregnant. Most of the information I acquire generally comes from scientific journals and I have very high standards when it comes to research, reporting, and bias. I found this book refreshingly honest and interesting but not pushy. All scientific evidence presented is well cited and obviously thoroughly researched. It was also a touching personal tale that I could very much identify with. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DK Dresser on February 22, 2013
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I am just towards the end of this, and can't even wait til finishing to review it. It is easily read, backed by extensively cited scientific studies, which are wonderfully explained. I am pregnant, and just mesmerized by all the things here to learn, and implement wherever relevant. I like it along with "Origins", as a practical, useful, and also extremely absorbing read about the pre natal experience, and what can influence a babies future well being. Although they are slightly different in approach, and not strictly apples to apples, I much prefer this and "Origins", to "The Better Baby Book", for exploring and explaining impact of the in utero environment on your baby. "The Better Baby Book", which I had hoped to devour and live by, seems more like a marketing tool to sell the author's supplements and "coaching services". Some interesting things there, but LOTS to be skeptical of!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sparky_magic_rainbow on July 11, 2012
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I'm not pregnant and never want to be a mother but nevertheless enjoyed this. The author covers the surprising reasons behind such diverse topics as morning sickness/distrust of strangers during pregnancy/how the mother's age and income influence the baby's gender/father's influence on the placenta and so much more. Definitely worth reading if you like health books. You dont have to be expecting to enjoy it. Well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kortneigh A, Perryman on January 29, 2013
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I purchased this for a baby shower gift and was so intrigued by the first chapter that I read it all before I gave it away! Pincott is an intelligent, witty writer and has a way of making the science in her book understandable and relateable. If you've ever had any questions about the why's of pregnancy, this is the book to read. Loved it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C on August 1, 2014
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Fun book to read with your husband while pregnant, but only if you don't think about it too much. Once you really start thinking about some of the content of this book, you just might raise an eyebrow skeptically...

Here's a specific example. The author repeatedly, flatly defines preeclampsia (one of the best known and yet most poorly understood disorders of pregnancy) as "a disorder that may result in miscarriage". Well, folks, it's a little more than that (it's also hypertension, seizures and stroke for mom, low birth weight for the baby, possible death for both -- generally scary stuff). And her description gets a little more sticky. In a section called "Can sex prevent miscarriage?", she puts forth some ideas... I really just need to quote directly from the text: "Here's the weird reason that sex might prevent preeclampsia. Every time you have sex with a man, you're exposed to proteins and hormones in his semen. If your immune system is unfamiliar with the concoction, it may attack the placenta, which has the father's foreign proteins in it, resulting in preeclampsia....Does sex reassure out bodies that the baby's biological father is still in the picture and will therefore be around to help support the baby? It's an interesting idea. If intercourse during pregnancy seems unappealing, a Dutch study found that oral sex is equally effective against preeclampsia.... Either way, it's an ounce of prevention."

Hmmmm.... so you're saying if I had only given my husband more blow jobs, maybe my blood pressure would have been lower during my pregnancy?

When I read that passage aloud to my husband, he said, "YES!! Wait, was the Dutch study conducted by a man?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zenaide Andrade on December 31, 2011
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"Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?..." is a rich and entertaining resource of facts and research. I love this book! In fact, I love it so much that I have given this book as a congratulatory gift to friends and colleagues who are pregnant. They have reported back to me that the book eased the worries of pregnancy and motherhood. I highly recommend this book as a gift to soon to be mothers or women who are interested in getting pregnant. However, anyone who enjoys science, funny facts, and can put conversation starters to good use will truly appreciate the book's rich content. Enjoy!
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