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Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy

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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 w
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ebook, 256 pages
Published May 29th 2018 by Harper Wave
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Shelly I loved Expecting Better, and found it really useful when I was pregnant. This is more narrative, and less prescriptive/specific. It is both an…moreI loved Expecting Better, and found it really useful when I was pregnant. This is more narrative, and less prescriptive/specific. It is both an intimate analysis of how we talk about pregnancy ("we" including the culture and the scientists) and the massive, life-changing, emotional/cultural/political/physical/psychological wallop of pregnancy and birth. I would definitely recommend reading both! (less)

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Jaime
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jaci Millette Cooper
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Motherhood- it's an unfolding.

Of course, I don't know this firsthand- I cannot relate, but Garbes’ use of the literal unfolding of paper as a metaphor for the transformation of motherhood, gradual and all at once, makes me almost believe I can empathize:

“At first, I see the unfurling of tissue and viscera, the way our placenta, unraveled, would occupy miles of space. Then, the image gives way to a paper fortune teller, the intricately folded piece of paper that my friends played with in the ca
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Katya
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Meggie
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

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
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AnnieLiz Love
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars! I’m currently 29 weeks pregnant and this book has been a revelation in the best way possible. I laughed, I cried, I was shocked- Thank you to Angela Garbes for writing this book. It meant so much to me.
Sarah
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wish this had been longer, because I feel like it touched on so much and could have been thousands of pages. But it’s great and worth reading.
Hannah
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have two children, 3 years old and 18 months. So my days are full of diapers, making snacks, so much laundry and someone is on me constantly. So when I read a book in two days, it’s a Big Deal.

This is the book pregnant people should read. This is the book their partners and support people should read. This is the book every human who has grown in a uterus should read.

It made me cry. It made me laugh. It made me raise my hands and go yes yes me too!

Angela covers early pregnancy, what the hec
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kaylin
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally a book about pregnancy that does not exclusively center the experiences of middle class white women!! After slogging through a lot of crappy pregnancy books this one was such a welcome change. Not only does Garbes talk about outcome inequities during pregnancy and birth (black mothers are FOUR TIMES as likely to die in childbirth in this country) she counters the traditional Western medicalized narrative with real expertise and experiences of women of color without glorifying or exoticiz ...more
Sai
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an honest and thoughtful personal research driven book which is much needed in the societies we live in - where women are expected to ‘naturally’ take on lives and roles which are difficult to transform into, and traumatic, despite the miracle and joy factor that exists for some. I have often thought we never gave the opportunity to actually understand our reproductive bodies despite the often-default of eventual pregnancy. I do also think this book is important in pointing out the absu ...more
JoEllen
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In the same way of thinking as Expecting Better, this book cuts through some of the generalized, moralized, fluffy pregnancy advice to focus on the proven facts. I really appreciate the fresh look at the science of pregnancy and childbirth, especially the focus on the often-overlooked topics like the placenta and breast milk. The culture was also interesting, to hear how the American medical industry has treated childbirth through history. It could have more structure, but I would really recomme ...more
Catie
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Exactly what I was looking for as an expectant mother. Reads like a memoir infused with fascinating and important research about pregnancy and motherhood.
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