The Unexpected: Navigating Pregnancy During and After Complications (The ParentData Series #4) (Hardcover)

The Unexpected: Navigating Pregnancy During and After Complications (The ParentData Series #4) By Emily Oster, Nathan Fox Cover Image

The Unexpected: Navigating Pregnancy During and After Complications (The ParentData Series #4) (Hardcover)


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From the New York Times bestselling author of Expecting Better, a guide to navigating a second pregnancy when the first did not go as planned—with Dr. Nathan Fox, maternal fetal medicine specialist

In Expecting Better, Emily Oster revolutionized the pregnancy landscape with her data-driven approach. In the years since, she kept hearing questions from readers on how to approach a second pregnancy when the first has not gone as planned.

While The Unexpected is a book that Oster hopes no one needs, the reality is that 50 percent of pregnancies include complications, a fact we don’t talk about. Preeclampsia, miscarriage, hyperemesis gravidarum, preterm birth, postpartum depression: these are lonely experiences, and that isolation makes treatment harder to access—and crucial research and policy change less likely to happen.

The Unexpected lays out the data on recurrence and treatments shown to lower or mitigate risk for these conditions in subsequent pregnancies. It also provides readers road maps to facilitate productive conversations with their providers, with insights from lauded maternal fetal medicine specialist Dr. Nathan Fox.

By bridging the knowledge gap and making space for difficult conversations, The Unexpected promises to make the hardest parts of pregnancy a little bit less so.
Emily Oster is a professor of economics at Brown University and the author of The Family Firm: A Data-Driven Guide to Better Decision Making in the Early School Years; Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool; and Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong—and What You Really Need to Know. She writes the newsletter ParentData and her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and She has two children.

Dr. Nathan Fox is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and maternal fetal medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. He has a busy clinical practice of high-risk obstetrics, regularly publishes his peer-reviewed clinical research, and is invited to lecture nationally and internationally on pregnancy-related topics. He is also the host of the Healthful Woman podcast. He has four children.
Product Details ISBN: 9780593652770
ISBN-10: 0593652770
Publisher: Penguin Press
Publication Date: April 30th, 2024
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: The ParentData Series
“They don't sugarcoat reality, and they make great use of statistics . . . Oster and Fox want to arm moms with information about what they should ask their providers and what treatments might lower their risks in subsequent pregnancies . . . The message from these compassionate authors, parents themselves, is that what happened needs to be processed, not ignored, and joy is still possible.” —Karen Springen, Booklist

“Encouraging and empathetic . . . On every page, the authors offer extensive research and support . . . A comprehensive, empowering resource.” —Kirkus

“Cogent . . . informative but not dry. It’s a valuable resource for parents who have experienced pregnancy complications.” Publishers Weekly