Having Faith by Sandra Steingraber
An Ecologist's Journey To Motherhood

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A brilliant writer, first-time mother, and respected biologist, Sandra Steingraber tells the month-by-month story of her own pregnancy, weaving in the new knowledge of embryology, the intricate development of organs, the emerging architecture of the brain, and the transformation of the mother's body to nourish and protect the new life. At the same time, she shows all the hazards that we are now allowing to threaten each precious stage of development, including the breast-feeding relationship between mothers and their newborns. In the eyes of an ecologist, the mother's body is the first environment, the mediator between the toxins in our food, water, and air and her unborn child.Never before has the metamorphosis of a few cells into a baby seemed so astonishingly vivid, and never before has the threat of environmental pollution to conception, pregnancy, and even to the safety of breast milk been revealed with such clarity and urgency. In Having Faith, poetry and science combine in a passionate call to action.A Merloyd Lawrence Book

About Sandra Steingraber

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Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., received her doctorate in biology from the University of Michigan and taught for several years at Columbia College, Chicago. Recently, she briefed U.N. delegates in Geneva on breast milk contamination. She is currently on the faculty at Cornell University.
Published May 15, 2012 by Da Capo Press. 362 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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A terrifying tale of pregnancy and birth that sounds an alarm about the growing dangers of environmental toxins to parents and their babies.

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Steingraber (Living Downstream) offers the commonest of stories—how she got pregnant, gave birth and fed her baby—in a most uncommon way. A cross be

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Instead, it's one long tale of everywoman's worst moments—from the urge-to-pee problem to the terrible nausea of morning sickness followed by "round ligament pain" (these are "the bungee cords that anchor the uterus in place"), Braxton-Hicks contractions (which "rehearse the body for labor") and ...

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed In this unusual and compelling account of her pregnancy, Sandra Steingraber, an environmental activist who is on the faculty at Cornell University, presents a masterful over...

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Being someone who loves food, and also a typical thorough editor type, before I got pregnant, I read up on which foods I was supposed to be eating and not eating.

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