DO CHOCOLATE LOVERS HAVE SWEETER BABIES? by Jena Pincott
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DO CHOCOLATE LOVERS HAVE SWEETER BABIES?

Exploring the Surprising Science of Pregnancy
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Popular-science writer Pincott (Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes?, 2008, etc.) provides a lively, accessible romp through the science of pregnancy.

Known for her previous research on love and sexual attraction, the author makes a natural transition in her latest. Delving into the science of pregnancy, parenthood and fetal development, she presents her findings with wit, personal anecdotes and playful humor. Eschewing predictable “avoid the shellfish” advice, Pincott provides a science-based trivia collection, drawing from studies in evolutionary psychology, biology, neuroscience, social science, epigenetics and more. She explores topics such as how a woman’s activities might influence her unborn baby's personality, how pregnancy and motherhood can change the behavior of mothers and fathers, what factors might influence a baby’s gender and why the first hour after a baby’s birth means so much for mother-newborn bonding. Inspired by questions from her own first pregnancy, the author also digs up the answers to common inquiries such as “what does baby’s birth season predict?”; “what can Mozart really do?”; and “will what we eat now influence baby’s tastes later?” Despite the bombardment of information, Pincott presents her research as fun things to contemplate rather than additional things to worry about, so nervous expectant parents can thoroughly enjoy the book. 

A fascinating supplement to the typical maternity guide.


Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4391-8334-2
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Free Press
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2011




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