A few minutes into Your Pregnancy Week by Week, I had already repeatedly come across the word “probably.” Probably is one of my pet peeve words in pregnancy literature. An example from Your Pregnancy Week by Week: “…it’s probably ok to eat a food that contains alcohol if it has been baked or simmered at least 1 hour.” And another: “If you exercised aerobically before pregnancy, you can probably continue at a somewhat lower rate.” Hmmm, that sounds sort of scientific. So then, maybe yes and maybe no??? Where’s the follow-up information?
I dislike the word “probably” unless the sentences that follow flush out the uncertainty and explain the factors to be considered. In Your Pregnancy Week by Week, they don’t. The book seems to favor this word choice because the fundamental viewpoint of Your Pregnancy Week by Week is an examination of all that might possibly be dangerous in pregnancy. Unless of course we’re talking about potential dangers of medicines and interventions, and in those cases danger is acknowledged but packaged with reassurances before and after.
If you love doctors who keep things simple and give a recommendation rather than information, Your Pregnancy Week by Week will be like having one in your pocket. You can trust it to be conservative in all things life-style related, and calming about all-things medical. If, on the other hand, you like to ask questions, think for yourself, and examine pros and cons based on real information, you’ll have to put this one aside.
Your Pregnancy Week by Week’s Authors, Glade B. Curtis and Judith Schuler
Glade B. Curtis, M.D., M.P.H. is board-certified by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the father of five.
Judith Schuler, M.S., has a master’s degree in Consumer and Family Studies and is the mother of one son.