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 answers to her questions that had only previously been given through a lens of what women ought to doinstead of allowing them the freedom to choose the right path themselves.In Like a Mother, Angela offers a rigorously researched and compelling look at the physiology, biology, chemistry, and psychology of pregnancy and motherhood, informed by research, reportage, and her own experience. With a journalists curiosity and discipline, a mothers urgency, and a food writers insatiability, she explores the science behind the pressing questions women have about a number of subjects, including postpartum hormones, breast milk, and miscarriage.Infused with candor and humor, born out of awe, appreciation, and understanding of the human body and its workings, Like a Mother is a full-frontal look at whats really happening underneath your skin (and to it), and why women need to know....
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Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy Reviews
Highly recommend this book to all expecting mothers. This book made lots of good points, debunked myths and gave me a clearer idea of the horror of what’s going to happen to me. No matter what you’re looking for in the internet, you’ll always find the answer you’re looking for- is wine bad during pregnancy? Yes it is. Is wine safe during pregnancy? yes it is. She goes into depth about topics such as this, the role of the placenta, miscarriage, birth processes, breast feeding, and post birth comp ...more
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
I listened to the author’s interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross and immediately downloaded the book, speeding through it in two days. It is the book I didn’t realize I was waiting for in pregnancy and preparing for childbirth. The author is candid about the physical and psychological challenges and triumphs of pregnancy and childbirth. I thought I had read and learned a lot over the past few months, but was blown away by her chapters on breastmilk, the placenta, and the pelvic floor. I love h ...more
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.
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
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
I'm so glad this book exists—it's a fascinating account of the biology of pregnancy and goes into much greater depth (in much fewer pages) than anything else I've read. Her discussions of the culture of pregnancy are also much needed—it's the first book I've read to address pregnancy explicitly within a patriarchal, white supremacist society. It's also one of the only pregnancy books I've read by a woman of color. Finally, I learned far more about breastfeeding and the placenta than I had though ...more
This book was exactly what I needed! I am currently nearing the end of the second trimester of my first pregnancy. “Like a Mother” inspired me and made me fall in love with my body. I have been finding myself quoting facts from the book daily to whoever will listen. My own mother, who gave birth to 5 babies, told me she had no idea about much of what I was telling her. I am so grateful that I heard the author read the placenta chapter on a podcast I listen to and decided to pick up this book. It ...more