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Debunking Pregnancy Myths09:41
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A new book that urges pregnant women to question accepted medical advice is creating a lot of buzz. "Expecting Better: Why The Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong — And What You Really Need To Know" has been described as the anti-"What To Expect When You're Expecting." It was written by an economist, Emily Oster, and looks at the data behind many so-called rules of pregnancy and evaluates their risks. But medical experts are cautioning pregnant women not to disregard their advice so readily.

Guests

Carey Goldberg, co-host of WBUR's CommonHealth blog.

Dr Jeffrey Ecker, Director of Obstetrical Clinical Research at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr Christina A. McCall Hererra, obstetrician.

You can listen to more about debunking pregnancy myths in CommonHealth's new podcast, The Checkup.

This segment aired on August 26, 2013.

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