Faced with so much conflicting advice about her baby-to-be, science journalist Linda Geddes investigated the truth behind the headlines, guidelines and old wives’ tales.
As a newly pregnant woman, I was bursting with questions about my developing child. I remember having my 12-week scan and spending the following weeks obsessing over what this prawn-shaped blob (which already showed signs of extraordinary wit and intelligence) was doing in there. Could it tell when I was in an aeroplane, taste the chicken jalfrezi I was eating at the local Indian restaurant or know that it was night-time? I was also bemused by conflicting advice on eating, drinking and exercise, much of which seemed to fly in the face of common sense. I made it my job to indulge my curiosity and investigate the truth behind the old wives’ tales, alarming newspaper headlines and government guidelines. So my book Bumpology was born. ...
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