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2.0 out of 5 stars Just silly, December 13, 2009
This review is from: The Complete Organic Pregnancy (Paperback)
This is one of the silliest books I have ever read. You get the feeling that a group of neurotic friends said, "Hey let's capture all the things that we obsesses and worry about when we go to Starbucks and present our personal conversations for the world to see. Let's write our own book!" Honestly, the essays all come from a small group of mostly New York based female journalists who were obviously selected to have their essays published because they are all friends. There is not too much data or research in this book. To me, it appears that it was accepted for publication either because they have connections to the publishing world through their journalism connections or more likely somebody's daddy works in publishing and got them a book deal. So the book is filled with things like, "Don't we girls think that swimming really rocks. BUT, your skin is a big organ and chlorine is in the pool and maybe your skin could absorb the chlorine, so our advice is DON'T SWIM. If you have to swim, try swimming in the sea." This "data" followed by an essay about how one of them called the other and vented about how worried she was that maybe the mold on her shower curtain is toxic mold that could be contaminating her fertilized eggs. What is this? Their experts are "Deirdre's friend" or the New York OB they all go to. For instance, they recommend that you take off all your nail polish. Now, I am very unclear of what the danger of nail polish is AFTER it has dried and the volatile chemicals have evaporated. On the other hand, I would bet using the nail polish remover and volatizing the nail polish again to get it off would have many more risks than just leaving it alone. My speculation is as good as theirs, because their ideas aren't backed up by data.

Pregnancy is of course a terrifying time and an awe-inspiring miraculous time. You are creating a life within you and as mothers we are carrying the awesome responsibility of this. It is all too easy to fall off the deep end and give in to neurotic worrying. This group of immature girls seems to give in to it hook line and sinker. I think if they didn't each have horrible pregnancy experiences they would be dissappointed because they would lose cache in their toxic little circle of friends and have nothing to gossip about. I think it is an extremely unhealthy and unproductive way to face a major life transition.

So, in reality, it is true that there may be many things that could legitimately be harmful that have not yet been research and there truly is a paucity of data on this topic. Since there often is no data, we are in the land of speculation and these girls (and I use the word girls purposefully to highlight their immaturity) have spent a lot of collective time thinking up things which could potentially be harmful. They will certainly have thought of some hazards you have not thought of and might want to take into account. Is it a sophisiticated, balanced, reasonable presentation? Absolutely not. For instance, is it reasonable to advise that women not swim because of the unclear risk of chlorine exposure, even though swimming has clear documented benefits for pregnant women? Is their remedy to go swim in a lake or the sea realistic or responsible? I think not. On the other hand, if it hadn't occurred to you that chlorine might be harmful, it might be helpful to consider it and factor it into your own personal risk/benefit analysis. That's why it got two star and not zero. It will be up to you to supply the maturity they are so obviously lacking.
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