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Dr. Emily Oster is an award-winning social scientist, but she is also a mother. When she became pregnant, she listened to the same litany of prohibitions and restrictive instructions that every expectant mother hears: No caffeine, alcohol, and sushi; narrow prescriptions for bed rest, induction, weight gain and fetal testing. As a trained, independent-thinking economist, she began testing these ironclad guidelines and, sometimes to her own surprise, discovered that they were sometimes downright wrong and almost always oversimplified. This groundbreaking book is bound to generate both interest and controversy.