Science writer Jena Pincott spent her pregnancy and postpartum months asking the questions that doctors don’t answer, and finding answers that expectant mothers will not expect. In this curiosity-led exploration into the “hidden side” of pregnancy, learn how amniotic fluid carries flavors and genes can play favorites, semen can be a fetus’s friend or foe, the brain shrinks then grows, and what mind-control chemicals are doing in breast milk, sweat, and tears.
Drawing on studies in evolutionary psychology, biology, social science, neuroscience, reproductive genetics, endocrinology, and epigenetics, the influence of environment on the behavior of genes, Pincott explores questions such as:
• Why are your dreams more vivid?
• Why do skinny chicks have more daughters?
• Is the fetus tinkering with your brain?
• What does the baby’s birth season predict about her personality?
• What do fetuses learn when they eavesdrop?
• Do boys really give you basketball bumps?
• Do fidgety fetuses become feisty babies?
• Where does maternal instinct come from?
• Does your stress sharpen your baby’s mind — or dull it?
• Can men breastfeed?
• Do mommies have better brains?
• How could Grandma’s diet affect your child?
And could eating chocolate really make your baby sweeter?