Economist Emily Oster’s new book Expecting Better: Why The Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong-and What You Really Need To Know started getting a fair amount of media attention even before it was released a couple of weeks ago.
Oster reviews and challenges pregnancy advice ranging from alcohol and caffeine use to bed rest and drug safety. On the topic of alcohol use during pregnancy, she concludes that light and occasional drinking during pregnancy is acceptable.
Check out the response of the Canada FASD Research Network: “Emily Oster’s ‘Expecting Better’ Puts Countless Unborn Children at Risk.” Dr. Cook, Executive Director of CanFASD, was also interviewed in Why some pregnant women are ignoring conventional wisdom and having a cup of coffee or a glass of wine (The National Post, August 30, 2013).
The controversy related to Oster’s book has also brought some attention to women and alcohol issues in general. Check out this great piece from The Huffington Post: 7 Things You Need To Know About Women And Alcohol (September 3, 2013).