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A ‘myth-busting’ pregnancy book

A new look at pregnancy

‘Is it normal to be turned off by sex after giving birth?” is probably not a question many women feel comfortable asking their doctor – or perhaps even a close friend. Linda Geddes, a science writer based in London, has asked the experts on your behalf. (The answer: Yes.) In Bumpology: The Myth-Busting Pregnancy Book for Curious Parents-to-be, Geddes answers an array of questions about pregnancy and a baby’s first year. The subjects range from the serious – “How much alcohol is safe to drink during pregnancy?” (Excessive drinking is risky, but “the truth is that no one really knows what constitutes a ‘safe’ amount.’ ”) – to the funny-but-you’re-too-embarrassed-to-utter-aloud – “Why don’t pregnant women topple over?” (It has to do with the shape of the spine.)

Of course, Geddes is not the first – nor probably the last – writer to wade into this territory, but her book is refreshingly frank and often funny. It also benefits from Geddes’s constructive outrage over the misinformation and sensationalism that she says plague much of the writing about the subject.

Geddes, who wrote much of the book while pregnant with her second child, digs through the studies and talks to the experts and breaks down her findings into accessible, thorough explanations. As she admits, the science of pregnancy and babies – like all science – is constantly evolving. For real-time news, you can check out her blog.

Washington Post

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