Making Babies: The Science of Pregnancy / Edition 1

Making Babies: The Science of Pregnancy / Edition 1

by David Bainbridge
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674012364

ISBN-13: 9780674012363

Pub. Date: 09/30/2003

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Drawing on past speculation and present knowledge, reproductive biologist David Bainbridge conducts us through the forty weeks of a human pregnancy, from conception to breastfeeding, explaining the complex biology behind human gestation in a clear and unassuming manner.

Making Babies sets the latest findings in pregnancy biology in a challenging

Overview

Drawing on past speculation and present knowledge, reproductive biologist David Bainbridge conducts us through the forty weeks of a human pregnancy, from conception to breastfeeding, explaining the complex biology behind human gestation in a clear and unassuming manner.

Making Babies sets the latest findings in pregnancy biology in a challenging evolutionary, historical, and sociological context, proving that when it comes to drama, pregnancy has it all: sibling rivalry, a battle of the sexes, and a crisis of gender identity. Along the way, Bainbridge revisits some of the key puzzles about pregnancy: What's sex got to do with it? How does the fetus hijack its mother's immune system? What is the point, if any, of morning sickness? Just how does a fertilized ovum develop into eight pounds or so of baby, with ten fingers and ten toes? Does the baby or the mother control the onset of labor, and why is it such an ordeal for them both?

Entertaining and informative, Making Babies shows how the study of human pregnancy can help us understand our genesis as individuals and our evolution as a species, and provide insight into who we are and why we behave as we do.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674012363
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
0.64(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue

Introduction

Origins

Breaking the Cycle

Making Babies

The Visitor Within

The Visitor Without

Notes

Further Reading

Glossary

Index

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