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Book Title: Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives. Annie Murphy Paul|
The author of the book: Annie Murphy Paul
Edition: Hay House
Date of issue: October 1st 2010
ISBN 13: 9781848503113
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The information in this book was pretty fascinating. I picked it up after listening to this story by the author on NPR a few weeks ago. Although I think the book could have been much better organized and edited to avoid excruciating repetitiveness (Dutch Hunger Winter: I'm looking at you), I enjoyed it overall.
The book details the emerging scientific research showing that the fetal period can be a powerful source of influence over who we are as people -- focusing in particular on the mother's nutrition while pregnant; the pollutants, drugs and infections the fetus was exposed to during gestation; and the mother's health, stress level and emotional state while pregnant. I'm not sure this was a great time for me to read this book, considering it occasionally FREAKED me out about all the things I did wrong early on that are no longer within my control (or the things I may continue to do wrong that are way out of my control).
A few of the fascinating yet utterly unhelpful facts I learned while reading this book:
*If you're pregnant, it's better to be a crack addict than an alcoholic, although if you're going to be an alcoholic, it's better to be a rich one.
*The smaller your baby is, the greater its risk of obesity/heart disease/schizophrenia, etc. later in life. At the same time, women gain too much weight during pregnancy, which increases their babies' risk of health problems later in life.
*You should eat tons of fish while pregnant because omega 3s are vital to the emotional health, physical health, and cognitive development of your baby. But you should not eat fish because of the high mercury content. Unless it's sardines (no mercury for some reason), which I don't think I have ever seen anyone eat. Ever. Even Sam. Don't they have bones? Ick!
*If there is a major disaster (flood, famine, ice storm, nazi invasion) while one is in one's second month of pregnancy, the baby is pretty much screwed all around.
*People who live in Manhattan, like the author, have a much better selection of convenient, healthy take-out than any place I have ever lived, which makes me tremendously jealous and bitter.
*65% of women take some sort of over the counter medicine while pregnant (mostly allergy medicine or tylenol). The author was totally SHOCKED and DISMAYED and JUDGY about how high this number was considering no one really knows exactly how these drugs affect human fetuses; I was shocked about how low it was, considering how miserable pregnancy already is without also adding unchecked allergy symptoms and hormone headaches.
BTW, if you are interested in the topic, but don't feel like wading through this entire book, Time Magazine recently had a good article about it, which was written by this same author.
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