Debunking the Bump
Daphne Adler, author
Debunking the Bump is a pregnancy book for women with a thirst for facts. After 3 years of research where she poured over thousands of studies, the author, a mother and mathematician, has reframed the parameters of what should and shouldn’t be allowable during pregnancy. The book covers not only all the hot pregnancy topics (Is it safe to eat sushi and drink coffee?) but also a variety of additional subjects Adler’s exhaustive research uncovered that aren’t even mentioned in most pregnancy books. Fact or fallacy? Debunking the Bump sets the record straight with eye-opening revelations such as: •\t44% of obstetricians never mention the most important avoidable cause of birth defects. •\tLess than half of all pregnant women are counseled about the most dangerous activity they could undertake while pregnant. •\tIn the long list of forbidden foods, one category is 10,000 times more risky than others…but its danger is not emphasized. •\tMany pregnant women cut down their consumption of the single substance that’s the most beneficial to their developing baby. Filled with practical, actionable recommendations and clear explanations of risks and trade-offs, this guide helps women make informed choices so they can enjoy relaxed and happy pregnancies.
In this important book, Adler, a mathematician, management consultant, and self-proclaimed "numbers junkie," equips mothers with researched data behind recommendations for what to do (and not do) during pregnancy and kids' early childhood. She decided to write the book after becoming exasperated with the bounty of conflicting (and often scary) information about pregnancy. Revelatory chapters address pathogens, environmental toxins, "voluntary poison" (tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine), lifestyle, positive influences, and unavoidable risks. Adler writes that not only is it nearly impossible to avoid food poisoning through dietary changes, but that only a handful of food-borne illnesses will cause problems for one's pregnancy. Each "myth" is summarized with Adler's own threat/benefit level rating system; for instance, the threat level of eating oysters is very low, while kissing your kids poses a medium threat, due to viruses. Comprehensive appendices cover Adler's methodology and calculations and the exhaustive catalogues behind her conclusions. She writes in a tone that is both authoritative and assuring—that of a mother rooting for all other mothers. (BookLife)