What to read after What to Expect . . . . A badass, feminist, and personal deep-dive into the science and culture of pregnancy and early motherhood that debunks myths and dated assumptions, offering guidance and camaraderie to women navigating one of the biggest and most profound changes in their lives.Like most first-time mothers, Angela Garbes was filled with questions when she became pregnant. What exactly is a placenta? How does a body go into labor? Why is breast best? What are the signs and effects of post-partum depression?But as she discovered, its not easy to find satisfying answers. Your OB will cautiously quote statistics; online sources will scare you with conflicting and often inaccurate information; and even the most trusted books will offer information with a heavy dose of judgment. To educate herself, the food and culture writer embarked on an intensive journey of exploration, diving into the scientific mysteries and cultural myths that surround motherhood to find answe...
|Title||:||Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy|
|Number of Pages||:||256 pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy Reviews
This. Is. Excellent. I say that as a mother, as a maternal-child health MPH, and as a woman. This tells it like it is, with the science and research and sociology to back it up. I laughed, i underlined, I wrote in the margins. I only wish I’d had this when I was pregnant. She writes about that dreaded postpartum poop with a candor that I loved. This should be mandatory reading for pregnant people. And anyone who loves them and cares for them.
Local author! Wacky true science facts! I endorse this.
Very informative, well written. Wish I’d had this when I was pregnant and had become a mother the first time. I found I could relate to a lot of the descriptions of a new mother’s postpartum mental, physical and emotional states. Also, science! Loved the detailed (yet not bogged down by scientific jargon) descriptions of the miracle of breast milk, the fascinating placenta, and most of all, microchimerism research. I love the idea that we all carry cells of our closest loved ones — mothers, gran ...more
I wish I could have read this book before giving birth to my son. Garbes—a journalist—writes about pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum life as a mother in an equally informative and emotional way. I found myself resonating with a lot of her observations about having a child, and I also learned a great deal about pregnancy and being a mother. Garbes’ in-depth research about a topic she was highly interested in—she had just given birth to her first child—created a tone of fascination tha ...more
I really liked the mix of science and narrative Ms Garbes uses. The world could use more books like this and I hope she keeps expanding on the topic--especially with a focus on science. I did find, like many books on the science of being a woman, that I was left with not much hope for the world prioritizing women's health. That said, it exposes some truths that need to be out there -- for example, there's more known about ACL tear recovery than childbirth recovery yet millions more people a year ...more
As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about its premise perfectly encapsulated where my mommy brain now resides. There were so many wonderful parts of this book. The chapter about the placenta was utterly fascinating and contained a level of knowledge that I wish I had possessed while pregnant. And then came the chapter on breastfeeding.
I knew that it was coming, but I had certain expectations that left me so wanting that I never finished the book....more
Since becoming pregnant and then becoming a mother, I have had lots of moments where I’ve said to myself, “Why doesn’t anyone TELL YOU about this??!” This book, more than any other pregnancy/parenthood book I’ve read, tells you those things: the gross postpartum issues, the lingering aches and pains, the incredibly complicated emotions, etc. There’s also a lot of really neat-o science throughout! I just thoroughly enjoyed reading this book—it made me feel seen/understood/not alone, not even clos ...more
There is some great stuff in this title, and I enjoyed reading it. Garbes is a thoughtful and illustrative writer--she really digs into imagery and detail. I wish, though, that this book had been more heavily edited. There is no clear throughline, and subjects thus receive a random-seeming amount of attention, which varies quite a bit from topic to topic. While of course Garbes makes no claim to having written a comprehensive book, I feel she could have tried a little more to include more topics ...more