The Five Most Surprising Things I Learned From “Five Most Surprising Things I Learned From Pregnancy Books” Lists on Yahoo! Voices

1. Celebrity news is as useful as pregnancy books.

From “5 Shockers I Read in Pregnancy Books“:

It’s not unusual to eat the placenta
Although I was shocked by the use of the method, some people actually do this, and it is explained in many pregnancy books. After hearing about placenta eating, I had to know more!

From Yahoo! OMG: “Kim Kardashian and Other Celebs Talk Eating Placenta

Now that the news that Kim Kardashian is having a girl has sunk in, it’s time to talk about something else that happened on the season premiere of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” Kim announced to her fans that she plans to eat her placenta!

2. Editorializing is standard for this medium.

From “Most Unexpected Advice from Pregnancy Books“:

Absolutely No Amount Of Alcohol Is Safe
I’ve gleamed numerous chatroom discussions online where people discuss how they are having a half a glass of wine as a celebration during pregnancy. Honestly, I never risked even taking a sip of the most diluted Christmas egg nog, and I don’t get why anyone would.

3. Personal experience trumps doing research.*

From “Five of the Most Surprising Things I Read in My Pregnancy Books“:

You Will Drool All the Time
I never imagined when I first got pregnant that I would wake up with drool on my face every morning. I was surprised that this was in pregnancy books because it took me by surprise.

From “Ptyalism in pregnant women“:

Ptyalism affects few pregnant women.

From “Evaluation and management of sialorrhea of pregnancy with concomitant hyperemesis“:

Although excessive salivation, especially when accompanied by protracted nausea and vomiting, is an unusual occurrence …

4. Cookies are an essential part of a healthy prenatal diet.

From “5 Surprising Pregnancy Facts I Learned by Reading Pregnancy Books“:

You only need about 300 extra calories.
Finding out that I should only add an additional 300 calories to my diet each day was a huge disappointment. This meant that I could only add an extra two cookies or so to my diet.

You know, instead of some extra protein and vegetables.

5. You have pica.

From “The Most Surprising Things I Read in Pregnancy Books“:

When you’re pregnant there’s actually a condition referred to as pica. It’s a type of eating disorder where pregnant woman crave things like dirt, clay, and ice. I thought for quite some time that I might have this because I craved the smell of nail polish and ate a lot of ice. Turns out I just liked the ice because I was always so hot.

Do you like a smell? PICA.

*While I don’t expect Yahoo! Voices authors to use PubMed, surely the pregnancy book(s) did not say ALL pregnant women drool ALL the time. A more accurate subhead would be “personal experience trumps conservative phrasing,” but that applies to every one of these items.

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