Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies? (Ebook)

The Surprising Science of Pregnancy

Jena Pincott

Jena Pincott writes about the quirky, under-the-radar side of science and, while pregnant, found herself wondering how her baby's gestation might tinker with her body - and how her body was shaping the future development of her unborn child. She started to ask questions that her doctors couldn't always answer and uncovered unexpected answers in scientific journals. Why do thinner women have more daughters? What do foetuses actually learn when they eavesdrop? How does Grandma's diet affect her unborn grandchild? Drawing on her scientific background Jena Pincott writes about the hidden science of pregnancy. Here is a fascinating supplement to the typical maternity guide, delving into biology, neuroscience, evolutionary psychology and epigenetics, Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies gives a deeper understanding to what is physically, and psychologically, happening to a woman during pregnancy. Where does the maternal instinct come from? Does stress sharpen your baby's mind - or dull it? What mind control chemicals are in breast milk, sweat and tears? It will satisfy every pregnant woman's curiosity about life's most mysterious process through the newest, most interesting and, sometimes, controversial discoveries being made by science.

Publication date: 15/12/2012


ISBN: 9780285641198


Imprint: Souvenir Press

Subject: Health & Wellbeing

Jena Pincott

Jena Pincott

Jena Pincott is a science writer and the author of eight books, including Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies: The Surprising Science of Pregnancy and Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes: The Science of Love, Sex & Attraction. Her titles have received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, and Library Journal and have been translated in 18 languages. A writer with a background in biology, she has contributed to Scientific American, Psychology Today, Nautilus, The Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and Brain World, among other publications. She has appeared on CBS The Early Show, Good Morning America, Big Think, Science Fantastic, and many other TV, radio, and podcast programs.
Jena writes about science and psychology topics that fly under the radar, from microbes in breast milk to the mysteries of working memory; from the biology of attraction, in humans and other species, to the psychology of the inner critic; from cutting-edge developments in medical technology to the scientist-activists who are transforming women's health and medicine. She has a soft spot for the quirky stuff.
Jena is also the founder of DeepThink Decks (, which publishes tools (card decks) to help kids have fun developing their critical thinking skills. She holds a B.A. in Biology from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA with a dual concentration in media studies, and a M.A. from New York University with a focus on science in literature. She had been a senior editor at Random House and is a member of Science Writers of New York.
She lives in New York City with her husband and two STEM-loving daughters and writes science fiction whenever she gets a little free time.