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Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?: The Surprising Science of Pregnancy Paperback – Bargain Price, October 11, 2011

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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?
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; Original edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439183341
  • ASIN: B0078XOL3E
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 for blending "science with wit,personal anecdote, and playful humor." Her previous book, Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes?, on the science of love and attraction, is translated in 17 languages.

Jena has a background in biology. Formerly a senior editor at Random House, she blogs at Psychology Today and Huffington Post. She also writes science fiction.

Jena lives in New York City with her husband, Peter, and two young daughters.

Read her blog at www.jenapincott.com

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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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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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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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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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This was a fun read, and the author's decision to split it up into short sections using a question-and-answer format means that you can easily pick it up and put it down again. This is great if you have toddlers to chase, want something to read in your healthcare provider's waiting room, or seem to be spending a lot of time on hold with your insurance company (which says "your call is important to us", but not apparently important enough to hire enough employees so that someone will actually answer your call!)

I also think that parenting magazines should consider serializing this book. Re-printing one question per issue would be fun and interesting.
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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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"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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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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