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- Language: English
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Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Science writer Paul (The Cult of Personality) segues between pondering her own second pregnancy and the developing literature on fetal origins in this fascinating study of the prenatal period, what one scientist calls the staging ground for well-being and disease in later life. Drawing upon current research and interviews with experts in this burgeoning field, Paul explores such varied topics as diet and nutrition, stress, environmental toxins, exercise, and alcohol use. She cites some frightening if by now familiar discoveries, such as the existence of 200 industrial chemicals that can be found in babies' umbilical cords, as well as some unusual findings, such as the discovery that women who consumed a daily dose of chocolate during their pregnancies gave birth to babies who smiled more at six months. She also exposes links between low birth weight and later cardiovascular disease, and muses upon the possibility that a dietary supplement might one day protect future children from cancer. As the author delves deeply into the vulnerabilities of the prenatal environment, she comes away with a compelling sense of the importance of how society cares for and supports pregnant women. Focusing on how to minimize harm and maximize benefit during the nine months before birth, Paul's thought-provoking text reveals that this pivotal period may be even more significant and far-reaching than ever imagined.
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As she progresses through her own pregnancy, science writer Paul, author of The Cult of Personality (2004), gracefully tells the story of gestation in nine chapters—one for each of the nine months that the fetus spends in the womb. This is an artificial conceit. Although she does sprinkle anecdotes (which readers may or may not enjoy) about her own experience in the approproprite chapters, she randomly covers the history of medical theories about prenatal development in the one-month chapter and the perils of plastics at the four-month mark. The book is well written and researched, but it would been more effective if it were organized by topic. That way, readers could easily find out more about, say, David Barker’s research that found babies who weighed less at birth had a higher risk of heart disease in middle age. Inexplicably, this is in the two-month chapter. Why wouldnt it go in nine months, when most babies are born? Still, Paul’s book is a useful, if not essential, addition to any pregnancy library. --Karen Springen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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We need to *know.* We deserve to *know.* Fully *know.*
What formed our ways? Our desires? Our likes and dislikes? Our Life?
Annie, we all owe you an incredible and deepest heart-felt "Thank you!" for telling it like it is, all our hidden cravings and weird desires, and why "normal" people try to ostracize those of us who don't fit their complex-shaped little boxes and filters.
Thanks, Annie Murphy Paul
I was VERY happy to find that this book is free of "pushiness." The author takes the reader through her journey of uncertainty amidst all of the "pregnancy warning noise" (is it ok to eat fish? is it ok to have caffeine? etc). Ultimately, as she guides the reader, the reader is able to discover incredibly extensive studies, facts, and information, ultimately allowing the reader to make her own decision about what is best.
I highly recommend this book for women (or men) who are interested in nutrition and health before or during pregnancy.
I read through this book in a little over a week and passed it on to a friend of mine who is also pregnant and could appreciate its insights. I like Annie Murphy Paul's writing style.. informational without being too technical, definitely not boring. To me at least, but like I said, this book is right up my alley.
I would recommend it for women who are pregnant, considering becoming pregnant, or anyone who is interested in how the intrauterine environment can have lifelong affects on the fetus within.