Emily Oster
Evidence-Based Pregnancy and Parenting
Created 11 Feb 2020
  • Rapid-Fire Reader Questions
    20 Jan 2022 • 7 min read • 16 3
    No COVID today — just your other pregnancy and parenting questions. Enjoy! Any updated information on pot and sperm counts? There is continual speculation that marijuana consumption could lower sperm ...
  • Diabetes, Kids, and COVID
    17 Jan 2022 • 8 min read • 23 4
    I hope you found some rest this weekend. Me? I used the frigid temperatures to set up my ice rink (see longer discussion from last year) and to test out my new running clothes (they stood up to 9 degr...
  • Roundup: Pregnancy Updates
    14 Jan 2022 • 1 min read • 4 2
    It seems a very long time ago that I conceived of Expecting Better. I was thinking about that the other day and dug up the first email I sent, almost at random, to my now agent with my initial, slight...
  • Anxious? You Are Not Alone
    13 Jan 2022 • 5 min read • 48 25
    I have a (reassuring) post queued up about the question of COVID and diabetes, based on a CDC study from last week, which I will send on Monday. This seemed to need to come first. Last week, I asked p...
  • Prenatal Test False Positives
    10 Jan 2022 • 6 min read • 19 8
    I want to get a sense of what you’re feeling, you parents of kids in the 0-4 set. Quick survey here if you’d be open to sharing anonymous thoughts. Last week, the New York Times published a fantastic ...
  • Diets and Data
    06 Jan 2022 • 6 min read • 26 5
    As any gym owner or diet guru knows, the peak time for dieting, at least in the U.S., is the six weeks between January 1 and February 14. People wake up on the first day of the year ready to change so...
  • We Need Better Data from Hospitals for Omicron
    03 Jan 2022 • 5 min read • 37 17
    This post marks one of many, many times I’ve written about our lack of sufficient data infrastructure to track the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. Two years in, I continue not to understand the abject f...
  • The Best of 2021
    30 Dec 2021 • 2 min read • 11 0
    For ParentData, 2021 started with COVID and ended with it, too. But along the way, we’ve also covered everything from fitness trackers to sperm counts to sibling conflict (not all in the same post). A...
  • COVID Risks for Small Children
    27 Dec 2021 • 9 min read • 73 15
    Happy December 27th! I hope you had a nice holiday weekend (if you celebrate) and are getting some rest if you can. I considered a newsletter break this week, but neither COVID nor parenting seems to ...
  • Rapid Test Cheat Sheet
    24 Dec 2021 • 1 min read • 36 5
    One last, very brief, Pre-Holiday missive. I’ve gotten lots of questions on use of rapid tests in the last few days, and there’s a lot of confusion on whether rapid tests work with Omicron. Yes, they ...
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