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August 20, 2013

New pregnancy book: Coffee, wine and sushi OK


:AP: Should women trust their doctors?

Oster: Absolutely. But women have a responsibility to learn things about this process for themselves so they can actively participate in this conversation with their doctors.

:AP: What are your top five fallacies about pregnancy?

Oster: One is that much of the evidence suggested an occasional drink is OK. Bed rest is not a great idea. Gaining too much weight may in fact be less risky than gaining too little weight. Sushi is OK. And coffee in moderation is fine. And in terms of toxoplasmosis, which is a parasitic infection that can cause birth defects, when I looked at the data on this, there’s actually no evidence that women who clean the cat litter box or have cats are more likely to get this, but I do see some links between doing a lot of outdoor gardening and having this infection. There are all kinds of animals that might poop in your garden. Not just cats.

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