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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"

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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 (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,674,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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What a fun pregnancy book! I had reviewed the Mayo Clinic book and stated that it was the only prenatal book one would need in preparation for baby. Well, that might be the case for all of the important, basic information needed during pregnancy, but I have to qualify that previous review because, after skimming sections of this Chocolate Lovers book (I just received it today), I find that it's a great addition for those of us who are fascinated by the science of pregnancy and the strange things the body does. It's a light, fast read, especially considering the good amount of references to scientific studies, and surprisingly enjoyable because the topics covered are interesting and sometimes odd-ball. I'm not one for pop-science as a rule, and I can't stand cutesy pregnancy books like the "Girlfriend's Guide" kind of stuff (bleh), but I needed something a bit more unusual and off-beat than the overly straightforward May Clinic book to keep me entertained and engaged during this pregnancy. Plus, for those of us who want a list of works cited....it's here! Yes! My one complaint about the Mayo Clinic book was that there isn't a bibliography or "further reading" section for those of us who understand that the sciences include "gray areas" as "facts" become out-dated, debatable, or whatever. Jena Pincott gives various studies, all presented as objectively as anything really can be presented without it sounding absolutist, and she does so with a nice, flowing, engaging, readable style.Read more ›
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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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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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I've bought this book for every new set of parents that I know. Fun, entertaining, but grounded in publications this is an informative and somewhat eye opening read about how so many things can impact the future life of your child.
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I enjoyed the collection of questions and research that the author put together. It seems that she supported her research well (there are lots of references) and it was a lighter yet interesting approach to some of the deeper elements of pregnancy.
The 4 star rating because sometimes, it was a bit too technical and I found myself skimming through pages to get back into the more interesting/entertaining content. I have a bachelor's in chemistry so it's not that I wasn't able to keep up with it.

Overall, very thought provoking.
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