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

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

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 What to read after What to Expect . . . . A badass, feminist, and personal deep-dive into the science and culture of ...

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Title:Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy
Author:Angela Garbes
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0062662961
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

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

  • Eleanor
    Aug 11, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...

    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 t...

    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-see...

    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. ...

    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 l...

    This was lower on science than I would have liked, especially because I found this book after so enjoying her article on the science of breastfeeding, but it was fascinating and honest account of one women's experience finding her own way through pregnancy and motherhood. ...

    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 su...

    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...

    Very interesting read about the science of pregnancy. The author does a good job of diving in to the things she knows a lot about (the placenta, breastfeeding) but also illuminating the fact that we know shockingly little about the process by which we all come into the world. More ...

    Public library copy This made me really glad that I am old, and that I had my children long enough ago that maternity clothes were tents and there were topics that just... weren't discussed. Now everything needs to be discussed, apparently. Still, I learned a lot, especially tha...

    I learned a lot, I cried a lot, I contemplated a lot. It?s a good look at the realities of giving birth in America right now, a good exploration into interesting things going on in a mother?s body. It centres the experience of the mother, rather than the child which is refreshing. ...

    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. ...

    Interesting and beautifully written. I started reading while I was waiting for my due date and finished it while nursing my infant (I took breaks, it was actually a fairly quick read) This book has affirmed/informed what I have been going through. I would definitely recommend! ...

    Local author! Wacky true science facts! I endorse this. ...

    Hated her 30 page discussion on alcohol and pregnancy but the rest was interesting. The book is more her story and experiences than true scientific facts but she did try to weave some science in. Nothing new for me but still enjoyable. Might be too much for a first time mom? Lots of wo...

    This book emphasizes that knowledge about birth is powerful and helpful and we should have easier access to it. I enjoyed reading it a lot more than I expected to. Making pregnancy into a thing you either do perfectly or do wrong is definitely isolating, at an especially confusing time...

    Expectant parents these days have a bevy of information when it comes to pregnancy and healthcare, but to be quite frank there is a LOT that contradicts each other and can bring a lot of stress and misinformation. Angela Garbes felt that way when she was pregnant with her daughter. Ane...

    This is an incredible book?a mix of wonderfully poetic language about pregnancy, birth, and the body; a real passion for the science behind bringing a new life into the world; comfort for women and the various struggles they face in trying to and then becoming a mother; and a wonderf...

    Excellent! So happy I read this, and that a book like this even exists. I would recommend this above all other pregnancy books thus far--it is fully focused on the impact of pregnancy and parenting on mothers and fathers, and provides actual solutions and ideas for specific scenarios. ...

    Even 12 years past pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding, this book was fascinating. It triggered memories I had long since forgotten, as well as several "aha!" moments and a few "Wow!"s. I wish I'd had this to read during my first trimester and through the first few years of motherhood....

    I wish I?d found this book early on in my pregnancy, when I wanted to hear more voices about real women?s ordinary experiences of pregnancy. Angela Garbes delivers that (along with a great and poignant chapter on miscarriage), plus a nuanced and scientific discussion of many of the...

  • Jennifer
    Jul 10, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...

    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 t...

    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-see...

    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. ...

    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 l...

    This was lower on science than I would have liked, especially because I found this book after so enjoying her article on the science of breastfeeding, but it was fascinating and honest account of one women's experience finding her own way through pregnancy and motherhood. ...

    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 su...

    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...

    Very interesting read about the science of pregnancy. The author does a good job of diving in to the things she knows a lot about (the placenta, breastfeeding) but also illuminating the fact that we know shockingly little about the process by which we all come into the world. More ...

    Public library copy This made me really glad that I am old, and that I had my children long enough ago that maternity clothes were tents and there were topics that just... weren't discussed. Now everything needs to be discussed, apparently. Still, I learned a lot, especially tha...

    I learned a lot, I cried a lot, I contemplated a lot. It?s a good look at the realities of giving birth in America right now, a good exploration into interesting things going on in a mother?s body. It centres the experience of the mother, rather than the child which is refreshing. ...

    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. ...

    Interesting and beautifully written. I started reading while I was waiting for my due date and finished it while nursing my infant (I took breaks, it was actually a fairly quick read) This book has affirmed/informed what I have been going through. I would definitely recommend! ...

    Local author! Wacky true science facts! I endorse this. ...

    Hated her 30 page discussion on alcohol and pregnancy but the rest was interesting. The book is more her story and experiences than true scientific facts but she did try to weave some science in. Nothing new for me but still enjoyable. Might be too much for a first time mom? Lots of wo...

    This book emphasizes that knowledge about birth is powerful and helpful and we should have easier access to it. I enjoyed reading it a lot more than I expected to. Making pregnancy into a thing you either do perfectly or do wrong is definitely isolating, at an especially confusing time...

    Expectant parents these days have a bevy of information when it comes to pregnancy and healthcare, but to be quite frank there is a LOT that contradicts each other and can bring a lot of stress and misinformation. Angela Garbes felt that way when she was pregnant with her daughter. Ane...

    This is an incredible book?a mix of wonderfully poetic language about pregnancy, birth, and the body; a real passion for the science behind bringing a new life into the world; comfort for women and the various struggles they face in trying to and then becoming a mother; and a wonderf...

  • Rachel
    Jul 12, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...

    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 t...

    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-see...

    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. ...

    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 l...

    This was lower on science than I would have liked, especially because I found this book after so enjoying her article on the science of breastfeeding, but it was fascinating and honest account of one women's experience finding her own way through pregnancy and motherhood. ...

    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 su...

    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...

    Very interesting read about the science of pregnancy. The author does a good job of diving in to the things she knows a lot about (the placenta, breastfeeding) but also illuminating the fact that we know shockingly little about the process by which we all come into the world. More ...

    Public library copy This made me really glad that I am old, and that I had my children long enough ago that maternity clothes were tents and there were topics that just... weren't discussed. Now everything needs to be discussed, apparently. Still, I learned a lot, especially tha...

    I learned a lot, I cried a lot, I contemplated a lot. It?s a good look at the realities of giving birth in America right now, a good exploration into interesting things going on in a mother?s body. It centres the experience of the mother, rather than the child which is refreshing. ...

    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. ...

    Interesting and beautifully written. I started reading while I was waiting for my due date and finished it while nursing my infant (I took breaks, it was actually a fairly quick read) This book has affirmed/informed what I have been going through. I would definitely recommend! ...

    Local author! Wacky true science facts! I endorse this. ...

  • Ruth
    Jul 05, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...

    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 t...

    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-see...

    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. ...

    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 l...

    This was lower on science than I would have liked, especially because I found this book after so enjoying her article on the science of breastfeeding, but it was fascinating and honest account of one women's experience finding her own way through pregnancy and motherhood. ...

    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 su...

    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...

    Very interesting read about the science of pregnancy. The author does a good job of diving in to the things she knows a lot about (the placenta, breastfeeding) but also illuminating the fact that we know shockingly little about the process by which we all come into the world. More ...

    Public library copy This made me really glad that I am old, and that I had my children long enough ago that maternity clothes were tents and there were topics that just... weren't discussed. Now everything needs to be discussed, apparently. Still, I learned a lot, especially tha...

    I learned a lot, I cried a lot, I contemplated a lot. It?s a good look at the realities of giving birth in America right now, a good exploration into interesting things going on in a mother?s body. It centres the experience of the mother, rather than the child which is refreshing. ...

    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. ...

    Interesting and beautifully written. I started reading while I was waiting for my due date and finished it while nursing my infant (I took breaks, it was actually a fairly quick read) This book has affirmed/informed what I have been going through. I would definitely recommend! ...

    Local author! Wacky true science facts! I endorse this. ...

    Hated her 30 page discussion on alcohol and pregnancy but the rest was interesting. The book is more her story and experiences than true scientific facts but she did try to weave some science in. Nothing new for me but still enjoyable. Might be too much for a first time mom? Lots of wo...

    This book emphasizes that knowledge about birth is powerful and helpful and we should have easier access to it. I enjoyed reading it a lot more than I expected to. Making pregnancy into a thing you either do perfectly or do wrong is definitely isolating, at an especially confusing time...

    Expectant parents these days have a bevy of information when it comes to pregnancy and healthcare, but to be quite frank there is a LOT that contradicts each other and can bring a lot of stress and misinformation. Angela Garbes felt that way when she was pregnant with her daughter. Ane...

    This is an incredible book?a mix of wonderfully poetic language about pregnancy, birth, and the body; a real passion for the science behind bringing a new life into the world; comfort for women and the various struggles they face in trying to and then becoming a mother; and a wonderf...

    Excellent! So happy I read this, and that a book like this even exists. I would recommend this above all other pregnancy books thus far--it is fully focused on the impact of pregnancy and parenting on mothers and fathers, and provides actual solutions and ideas for specific scenarios. ...

    Even 12 years past pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding, this book was fascinating. It triggered memories I had long since forgotten, as well as several "aha!" moments and a few "Wow!"s. I wish I'd had this to read during my first trimester and through the first few years of motherhood....

    I wish I?d found this book early on in my pregnancy, when I wanted to hear more voices about real women?s ordinary experiences of pregnancy. Angela Garbes delivers that (along with a great and poignant chapter on miscarriage), plus a nuanced and scientific discussion of many of the...

    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 do...

    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 psycholo...

    I wanted to read this book because it was by a local author, but I've also been looking for ways to reconcile the wonderful memories of my pregnancy with the horrible memories of my experience with the medical establishment during that time. Reading it was wonderfully cathartic and ope...

    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 ...

    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, ...

    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 fo...

    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 pregnan...

  • Lauren
    Jun 18, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...

    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 t...

    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-see...

    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. ...

    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 l...

    This was lower on science than I would have liked, especially because I found this book after so enjoying her article on the science of breastfeeding, but it was fascinating and honest account of one women's experience finding her own way through pregnancy and motherhood. ...

    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 su...

    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...

    Very interesting read about the science of pregnancy. The author does a good job of diving in to the things she knows a lot about (the placenta, breastfeeding) but also illuminating the fact that we know shockingly little about the process by which we all come into the world. More ...

    Public library copy This made me really glad that I am old, and that I had my children long enough ago that maternity clothes were tents and there were topics that just... weren't discussed. Now everything needs to be discussed, apparently. Still, I learned a lot, especially tha...

    I learned a lot, I cried a lot, I contemplated a lot. It?s a good look at the realities of giving birth in America right now, a good exploration into interesting things going on in a mother?s body. It centres the experience of the mother, rather than the child which is refreshing. ...

    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. ...

    Interesting and beautifully written. I started reading while I was waiting for my due date and finished it while nursing my infant (I took breaks, it was actually a fairly quick read) This book has affirmed/informed what I have been going through. I would definitely recommend! ...

    Local author! Wacky true science facts! I endorse this. ...

    Hated her 30 page discussion on alcohol and pregnancy but the rest was interesting. The book is more her story and experiences than true scientific facts but she did try to weave some science in. Nothing new for me but still enjoyable. Might be too much for a first time mom? Lots of wo...

    This book emphasizes that knowledge about birth is powerful and helpful and we should have easier access to it. I enjoyed reading it a lot more than I expected to. Making pregnancy into a thing you either do perfectly or do wrong is definitely isolating, at an especially confusing time...

    Expectant parents these days have a bevy of information when it comes to pregnancy and healthcare, but to be quite frank there is a LOT that contradicts each other and can bring a lot of stress and misinformation. Angela Garbes felt that way when she was pregnant with her daughter. Ane...

    This is an incredible book?a mix of wonderfully poetic language about pregnancy, birth, and the body; a real passion for the science behind bringing a new life into the world; comfort for women and the various struggles they face in trying to and then becoming a mother; and a wonderf...

    Excellent! So happy I read this, and that a book like this even exists. I would recommend this above all other pregnancy books thus far--it is fully focused on the impact of pregnancy and parenting on mothers and fathers, and provides actual solutions and ideas for specific scenarios. ...

    Even 12 years past pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding, this book was fascinating. It triggered memories I had long since forgotten, as well as several "aha!" moments and a few "Wow!"s. I wish I'd had this to read during my first trimester and through the first few years of motherhood....

    I wish I?d found this book early on in my pregnancy, when I wanted to hear more voices about real women?s ordinary experiences of pregnancy. Angela Garbes delivers that (along with a great and poignant chapter on miscarriage), plus a nuanced and scientific discussion of many of the...

    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 do...

    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 psycholo...

  • Jaime
    Apr 09, 2018

    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 ...

  • Sai
    Jun 07, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...

    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 t...

    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-see...

    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. ...

    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 l...

    This was lower on science than I would have liked, especially because I found this book after so enjoying her article on the science of breastfeeding, but it was fascinating and honest account of one women's experience finding her own way through pregnancy and motherhood. ...

    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 su...

    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...

    Very interesting read about the science of pregnancy. The author does a good job of diving in to the things she knows a lot about (the placenta, breastfeeding) but also illuminating the fact that we know shockingly little about the process by which we all come into the world. More ...

    Public library copy This made me really glad that I am old, and that I had my children long enough ago that maternity clothes were tents and there were topics that just... weren't discussed. Now everything needs to be discussed, apparently. Still, I learned a lot, especially tha...

    I learned a lot, I cried a lot, I contemplated a lot. It?s a good look at the realities of giving birth in America right now, a good exploration into interesting things going on in a mother?s body. It centres the experience of the mother, rather than the child which is refreshing. ...

    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. ...

    Interesting and beautifully written. I started reading while I was waiting for my due date and finished it while nursing my infant (I took breaks, it was actually a fairly quick read) This book has affirmed/informed what I have been going through. I would definitely recommend! ...

    Local author! Wacky true science facts! I endorse this. ...

    Hated her 30 page discussion on alcohol and pregnancy but the rest was interesting. The book is more her story and experiences than true scientific facts but she did try to weave some science in. Nothing new for me but still enjoyable. Might be too much for a first time mom? Lots of wo...

    This book emphasizes that knowledge about birth is powerful and helpful and we should have easier access to it. I enjoyed reading it a lot more than I expected to. Making pregnancy into a thing you either do perfectly or do wrong is definitely isolating, at an especially confusing time...

    Expectant parents these days have a bevy of information when it comes to pregnancy and healthcare, but to be quite frank there is a LOT that contradicts each other and can bring a lot of stress and misinformation. Angela Garbes felt that way when she was pregnant with her daughter. Ane...

    This is an incredible book?a mix of wonderfully poetic language about pregnancy, birth, and the body; a real passion for the science behind bringing a new life into the world; comfort for women and the various struggles they face in trying to and then becoming a mother; and a wonderf...

    Excellent! So happy I read this, and that a book like this even exists. I would recommend this above all other pregnancy books thus far--it is fully focused on the impact of pregnancy and parenting on mothers and fathers, and provides actual solutions and ideas for specific scenarios. ...

    Even 12 years past pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding, this book was fascinating. It triggered memories I had long since forgotten, as well as several "aha!" moments and a few "Wow!"s. I wish I'd had this to read during my first trimester and through the first few years of motherhood....

    I wish I?d found this book early on in my pregnancy, when I wanted to hear more voices about real women?s ordinary experiences of pregnancy. Angela Garbes delivers that (along with a great and poignant chapter on miscarriage), plus a nuanced and scientific discussion of many of the...

    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 do...

    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 psycholo...

    I wanted to read this book because it was by a local author, but I've also been looking for ways to reconcile the wonderful memories of my pregnancy with the horrible memories of my experience with the medical establishment during that time. Reading it was wonderfully cathartic and ope...

    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 ...

    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, ...

    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 fo...

  • Erin
    Aug 07, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...

    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 t...

    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-see...

    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. ...

    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 l...

    This was lower on science than I would have liked, especially because I found this book after so enjoying her article on the science of breastfeeding, but it was fascinating and honest account of one women's experience finding her own way through pregnancy and motherhood. ...

    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 su...

    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...

    Very interesting read about the science of pregnancy. The author does a good job of diving in to the things she knows a lot about (the placenta, breastfeeding) but also illuminating the fact that we know shockingly little about the process by which we all come into the world. More ...

    Public library copy This made me really glad that I am old, and that I had my children long enough ago that maternity clothes were tents and there were topics that just... weren't discussed. Now everything needs to be discussed, apparently. Still, I learned a lot, especially tha...

    I learned a lot, I cried a lot, I contemplated a lot. It?s a good look at the realities of giving birth in America right now, a good exploration into interesting things going on in a mother?s body. It centres the experience of the mother, rather than the child which is refreshing. ...

    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. ...

    Interesting and beautifully written. I started reading while I was waiting for my due date and finished it while nursing my infant (I took breaks, it was actually a fairly quick read) This book has affirmed/informed what I have been going through. I would definitely recommend! ...

  • Amanda
    Jun 19, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...

    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 t...

    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-see...

    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. ...

    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 l...

    This was lower on science than I would have liked, especially because I found this book after so enjoying her article on the science of breastfeeding, but it was fascinating and honest account of one women's experience finding her own way through pregnancy and motherhood. ...

  • Jaci Millette Cooper
    Apr 16, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...

    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 t...

  • Ms. Yingling
    Jul 20, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...

    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 t...

    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-see...

    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. ...

    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 l...

    This was lower on science than I would have liked, especially because I found this book after so enjoying her article on the science of breastfeeding, but it was fascinating and honest account of one women's experience finding her own way through pregnancy and motherhood. ...

    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 su...

    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...

    Very interesting read about the science of pregnancy. The author does a good job of diving in to the things she knows a lot about (the placenta, breastfeeding) but also illuminating the fact that we know shockingly little about the process by which we all come into the world. More ...

    Public library copy This made me really glad that I am old, and that I had my children long enough ago that maternity clothes were tents and there were topics that just... weren't discussed. Now everything needs to be discussed, apparently. Still, I learned a lot, especially tha...

  • Clio
    Aug 10, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...

    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 t...

    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-see...

    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. ...

    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 l...

    This was lower on science than I would have liked, especially because I found this book after so enjoying her article on the science of breastfeeding, but it was fascinating and honest account of one women's experience finding her own way through pregnancy and motherhood. ...

    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 su...

    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...

    Very interesting read about the science of pregnancy. The author does a good job of diving in to the things she knows a lot about (the placenta, breastfeeding) but also illuminating the fact that we know shockingly little about the process by which we all come into the world. More ...

    Public library copy This made me really glad that I am old, and that I had my children long enough ago that maternity clothes were tents and there were topics that just... weren't discussed. Now everything needs to be discussed, apparently. Still, I learned a lot, especially tha...

    I learned a lot, I cried a lot, I contemplated a lot. It?s a good look at the realities of giving birth in America right now, a good exploration into interesting things going on in a mother?s body. It centres the experience of the mother, rather than the child which is refreshing. ...

    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. ...

    Interesting and beautifully written. I started reading while I was waiting for my due date and finished it while nursing my infant (I took breaks, it was actually a fairly quick read) This book has affirmed/informed what I have been going through. I would definitely recommend! ...

    Local author! Wacky true science facts! I endorse this. ...

    Hated her 30 page discussion on alcohol and pregnancy but the rest was interesting. The book is more her story and experiences than true scientific facts but she did try to weave some science in. Nothing new for me but still enjoyable. Might be too much for a first time mom? Lots of wo...

    This book emphasizes that knowledge about birth is powerful and helpful and we should have easier access to it. I enjoyed reading it a lot more than I expected to. Making pregnancy into a thing you either do perfectly or do wrong is definitely isolating, at an especially confusing time...

  • kaylin
    Jun 06, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...

    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 t...

    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-see...

    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. ...

    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 l...

    This was lower on science than I would have liked, especially because I found this book after so enjoying her article on the science of breastfeeding, but it was fascinating and honest account of one women's experience finding her own way through pregnancy and motherhood. ...

    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 su...

    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...

    Very interesting read about the science of pregnancy. The author does a good job of diving in to the things she knows a lot about (the placenta, breastfeeding) but also illuminating the fact that we know shockingly little about the process by which we all come into the world. More ...

    Public library copy This made me really glad that I am old, and that I had my children long enough ago that maternity clothes were tents and there were topics that just... weren't discussed. Now everything needs to be discussed, apparently. Still, I learned a lot, especially tha...

    I learned a lot, I cried a lot, I contemplated a lot. It?s a good look at the realities of giving birth in America right now, a good exploration into interesting things going on in a mother?s body. It centres the experience of the mother, rather than the child which is refreshing. ...

    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. ...

    Interesting and beautifully written. I started reading while I was waiting for my due date and finished it while nursing my infant (I took breaks, it was actually a fairly quick read) This book has affirmed/informed what I have been going through. I would definitely recommend! ...

    Local author! Wacky true science facts! I endorse this. ...

    Hated her 30 page discussion on alcohol and pregnancy but the rest was interesting. The book is more her story and experiences than true scientific facts but she did try to weave some science in. Nothing new for me but still enjoyable. Might be too much for a first time mom? Lots of wo...

    This book emphasizes that knowledge about birth is powerful and helpful and we should have easier access to it. I enjoyed reading it a lot more than I expected to. Making pregnancy into a thing you either do perfectly or do wrong is definitely isolating, at an especially confusing time...

    Expectant parents these days have a bevy of information when it comes to pregnancy and healthcare, but to be quite frank there is a LOT that contradicts each other and can bring a lot of stress and misinformation. Angela Garbes felt that way when she was pregnant with her daughter. Ane...

    This is an incredible book?a mix of wonderfully poetic language about pregnancy, birth, and the body; a real passion for the science behind bringing a new life into the world; comfort for women and the various struggles they face in trying to and then becoming a mother; and a wonderf...

    Excellent! So happy I read this, and that a book like this even exists. I would recommend this above all other pregnancy books thus far--it is fully focused on the impact of pregnancy and parenting on mothers and fathers, and provides actual solutions and ideas for specific scenarios. ...

    Even 12 years past pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding, this book was fascinating. It triggered memories I had long since forgotten, as well as several "aha!" moments and a few "Wow!"s. I wish I'd had this to read during my first trimester and through the first few years of motherhood....

    I wish I?d found this book early on in my pregnancy, when I wanted to hear more voices about real women?s ordinary experiences of pregnancy. Angela Garbes delivers that (along with a great and poignant chapter on miscarriage), plus a nuanced and scientific discussion of many of the...

    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 do...

    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 psycholo...

    I wanted to read this book because it was by a local author, but I've also been looking for ways to reconcile the wonderful memories of my pregnancy with the horrible memories of my experience with the medical establishment during that time. Reading it was wonderfully cathartic and ope...

    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 ...

  • Bonnie Limbird
    Jul 06, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...

    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 t...

    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-see...

    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. ...

    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 l...

    This was lower on science than I would have liked, especially because I found this book after so enjoying her article on the science of breastfeeding, but it was fascinating and honest account of one women's experience finding her own way through pregnancy and motherhood. ...

    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 su...

    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...

    Very interesting read about the science of pregnancy. The author does a good job of diving in to the things she knows a lot about (the placenta, breastfeeding) but also illuminating the fact that we know shockingly little about the process by which we all come into the world. More ...

    Public library copy This made me really glad that I am old, and that I had my children long enough ago that maternity clothes were tents and there were topics that just... weren't discussed. Now everything needs to be discussed, apparently. Still, I learned a lot, especially tha...

    I learned a lot, I cried a lot, I contemplated a lot. It?s a good look at the realities of giving birth in America right now, a good exploration into interesting things going on in a mother?s body. It centres the experience of the mother, rather than the child which is refreshing. ...

    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. ...

    Interesting and beautifully written. I started reading while I was waiting for my due date and finished it while nursing my infant (I took breaks, it was actually a fairly quick read) This book has affirmed/informed what I have been going through. I would definitely recommend! ...

    Local author! Wacky true science facts! I endorse this. ...

    Hated her 30 page discussion on alcohol and pregnancy but the rest was interesting. The book is more her story and experiences than true scientific facts but she did try to weave some science in. Nothing new for me but still enjoyable. Might be too much for a first time mom? Lots of wo...

    This book emphasizes that knowledge about birth is powerful and helpful and we should have easier access to it. I enjoyed reading it a lot more than I expected to. Making pregnancy into a thing you either do perfectly or do wrong is definitely isolating, at an especially confusing time...

    Expectant parents these days have a bevy of information when it comes to pregnancy and healthcare, but to be quite frank there is a LOT that contradicts each other and can bring a lot of stress and misinformation. Angela Garbes felt that way when she was pregnant with her daughter. Ane...

    This is an incredible book?a mix of wonderfully poetic language about pregnancy, birth, and the body; a real passion for the science behind bringing a new life into the world; comfort for women and the various struggles they face in trying to and then becoming a mother; and a wonderf...

    Excellent! So happy I read this, and that a book like this even exists. I would recommend this above all other pregnancy books thus far--it is fully focused on the impact of pregnancy and parenting on mothers and fathers, and provides actual solutions and ideas for specific scenarios. ...

    Even 12 years past pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding, this book was fascinating. It triggered memories I had long since forgotten, as well as several "aha!" moments and a few "Wow!"s. I wish I'd had this to read during my first trimester and through the first few years of motherhood....

  • Maggie
    Jul 30, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...

    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 t...

    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-see...

    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. ...

    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 l...

    This was lower on science than I would have liked, especially because I found this book after so enjoying her article on the science of breastfeeding, but it was fascinating and honest account of one women's experience finding her own way through pregnancy and motherhood. ...

    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 su...

    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...

    Very interesting read about the science of pregnancy. The author does a good job of diving in to the things she knows a lot about (the placenta, breastfeeding) but also illuminating the fact that we know shockingly little about the process by which we all come into the world. More ...

    Public library copy This made me really glad that I am old, and that I had my children long enough ago that maternity clothes were tents and there were topics that just... weren't discussed. Now everything needs to be discussed, apparently. Still, I learned a lot, especially tha...

    I learned a lot, I cried a lot, I contemplated a lot. It?s a good look at the realities of giving birth in America right now, a good exploration into interesting things going on in a mother?s body. It centres the experience of the mother, rather than the child which is refreshing. ...

    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. ...

    Interesting and beautifully written. I started reading while I was waiting for my due date and finished it while nursing my infant (I took breaks, it was actually a fairly quick read) This book has affirmed/informed what I have been going through. I would definitely recommend! ...

    Local author! Wacky true science facts! I endorse this. ...

    Hated her 30 page discussion on alcohol and pregnancy but the rest was interesting. The book is more her story and experiences than true scientific facts but she did try to weave some science in. Nothing new for me but still enjoyable. Might be too much for a first time mom? Lots of wo...

    This book emphasizes that knowledge about birth is powerful and helpful and we should have easier access to it. I enjoyed reading it a lot more than I expected to. Making pregnancy into a thing you either do perfectly or do wrong is definitely isolating, at an especially confusing time...

    Expectant parents these days have a bevy of information when it comes to pregnancy and healthcare, but to be quite frank there is a LOT that contradicts each other and can bring a lot of stress and misinformation. Angela Garbes felt that way when she was pregnant with her daughter. Ane...

    This is an incredible book?a mix of wonderfully poetic language about pregnancy, birth, and the body; a real passion for the science behind bringing a new life into the world; comfort for women and the various struggles they face in trying to and then becoming a mother; and a wonderf...

    Excellent! So happy I read this, and that a book like this even exists. I would recommend this above all other pregnancy books thus far--it is fully focused on the impact of pregnancy and parenting on mothers and fathers, and provides actual solutions and ideas for specific scenarios. ...

  • Chinook
    Jul 18, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...

    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 t...

    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-see...

    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. ...

    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 l...

    This was lower on science than I would have liked, especially because I found this book after so enjoying her article on the science of breastfeeding, but it was fascinating and honest account of one women's experience finding her own way through pregnancy and motherhood. ...

    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 su...

    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...

    Very interesting read about the science of pregnancy. The author does a good job of diving in to the things she knows a lot about (the placenta, breastfeeding) but also illuminating the fact that we know shockingly little about the process by which we all come into the world. More ...

    Public library copy This made me really glad that I am old, and that I had my children long enough ago that maternity clothes were tents and there were topics that just... weren't discussed. Now everything needs to be discussed, apparently. Still, I learned a lot, especially tha...

    I learned a lot, I cried a lot, I contemplated a lot. It?s a good look at the realities of giving birth in America right now, a good exploration into interesting things going on in a mother?s body. It centres the experience of the mother, rather than the child which is refreshing. ...

  • ElphaReads
    Aug 01, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...

    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 t...

    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-see...

    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. ...

    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 l...

    This was lower on science than I would have liked, especially because I found this book after so enjoying her article on the science of breastfeeding, but it was fascinating and honest account of one women's experience finding her own way through pregnancy and motherhood. ...

    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 su...

    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...

    Very interesting read about the science of pregnancy. The author does a good job of diving in to the things she knows a lot about (the placenta, breastfeeding) but also illuminating the fact that we know shockingly little about the process by which we all come into the world. More ...

    Public library copy This made me really glad that I am old, and that I had my children long enough ago that maternity clothes were tents and there were topics that just... weren't discussed. Now everything needs to be discussed, apparently. Still, I learned a lot, especially tha...

    I learned a lot, I cried a lot, I contemplated a lot. It?s a good look at the realities of giving birth in America right now, a good exploration into interesting things going on in a mother?s body. It centres the experience of the mother, rather than the child which is refreshing. ...

    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. ...

    Interesting and beautifully written. I started reading while I was waiting for my due date and finished it while nursing my infant (I took breaks, it was actually a fairly quick read) This book has affirmed/informed what I have been going through. I would definitely recommend! ...

    Local author! Wacky true science facts! I endorse this. ...

    Hated her 30 page discussion on alcohol and pregnancy but the rest was interesting. The book is more her story and experiences than true scientific facts but she did try to weave some science in. Nothing new for me but still enjoyable. Might be too much for a first time mom? Lots of wo...

    This book emphasizes that knowledge about birth is powerful and helpful and we should have easier access to it. I enjoyed reading it a lot more than I expected to. Making pregnancy into a thing you either do perfectly or do wrong is definitely isolating, at an especially confusing time...

    Expectant parents these days have a bevy of information when it comes to pregnancy and healthcare, but to be quite frank there is a LOT that contradicts each other and can bring a lot of stress and misinformation. Angela Garbes felt that way when she was pregnant with her daughter. Ane...

  • Sarah
    Jun 09, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...

    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 t...

    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-see...

    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. ...

  • Isla McKetta
    Aug 08, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...

    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 t...

    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-see...

    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. ...

    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 l...

    This was lower on science than I would have liked, especially because I found this book after so enjoying her article on the science of breastfeeding, but it was fascinating and honest account of one women's experience finding her own way through pregnancy and motherhood. ...

    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 su...

    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...

    Very interesting read about the science of pregnancy. The author does a good job of diving in to the things she knows a lot about (the placenta, breastfeeding) but also illuminating the fact that we know shockingly little about the process by which we all come into the world. More ...

    Public library copy This made me really glad that I am old, and that I had my children long enough ago that maternity clothes were tents and there were topics that just... weren't discussed. Now everything needs to be discussed, apparently. Still, I learned a lot, especially tha...

    I learned a lot, I cried a lot, I contemplated a lot. It?s a good look at the realities of giving birth in America right now, a good exploration into interesting things going on in a mother?s body. It centres the experience of the mother, rather than the child which is refreshing. ...

    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. ...

    Interesting and beautifully written. I started reading while I was waiting for my due date and finished it while nursing my infant (I took breaks, it was actually a fairly quick read) This book has affirmed/informed what I have been going through. I would definitely recommend! ...

    Local author! Wacky true science facts! I endorse this. ...

    Hated her 30 page discussion on alcohol and pregnancy but the rest was interesting. The book is more her story and experiences than true scientific facts but she did try to weave some science in. Nothing new for me but still enjoyable. Might be too much for a first time mom? Lots of wo...

    This book emphasizes that knowledge about birth is powerful and helpful and we should have easier access to it. I enjoyed reading it a lot more than I expected to. Making pregnancy into a thing you either do perfectly or do wrong is definitely isolating, at an especially confusing time...

    Expectant parents these days have a bevy of information when it comes to pregnancy and healthcare, but to be quite frank there is a LOT that contradicts each other and can bring a lot of stress and misinformation. Angela Garbes felt that way when she was pregnant with her daughter. Ane...

    This is an incredible book?a mix of wonderfully poetic language about pregnancy, birth, and the body; a real passion for the science behind bringing a new life into the world; comfort for women and the various struggles they face in trying to and then becoming a mother; and a wonderf...

    Excellent! So happy I read this, and that a book like this even exists. I would recommend this above all other pregnancy books thus far--it is fully focused on the impact of pregnancy and parenting on mothers and fathers, and provides actual solutions and ideas for specific scenarios. ...

    Even 12 years past pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding, this book was fascinating. It triggered memories I had long since forgotten, as well as several "aha!" moments and a few "Wow!"s. I wish I'd had this to read during my first trimester and through the first few years of motherhood....

    I wish I?d found this book early on in my pregnancy, when I wanted to hear more voices about real women?s ordinary experiences of pregnancy. Angela Garbes delivers that (along with a great and poignant chapter on miscarriage), plus a nuanced and scientific discussion of many of the...

    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 do...

    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 psycholo...

    I wanted to read this book because it was by a local author, but I've also been looking for ways to reconcile the wonderful memories of my pregnancy with the horrible memories of my experience with the medical establishment during that time. Reading it was wonderfully cathartic and ope...

  • Jaime
    Jun 19, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

  • M.
    Jul 27, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...

    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 t...

    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-see...

    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. ...

    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 l...

    This was lower on science than I would have liked, especially because I found this book after so enjoying her article on the science of breastfeeding, but it was fascinating and honest account of one women's experience finding her own way through pregnancy and motherhood. ...

    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 su...

    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...

    Very interesting read about the science of pregnancy. The author does a good job of diving in to the things she knows a lot about (the placenta, breastfeeding) but also illuminating the fact that we know shockingly little about the process by which we all come into the world. More ...

  • Samantha
    Jun 27, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...

  • Katya
    May 29, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...

    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 t...

    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-see...

  • Darcy
    Jun 18, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...

    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 t...

    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-see...

    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. ...

    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 l...

  • Jordan
    Jul 03, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...

    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 t...

    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-see...

    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. ...

    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 l...

    This was lower on science than I would have liked, especially because I found this book after so enjoying her article on the science of breastfeeding, but it was fascinating and honest account of one women's experience finding her own way through pregnancy and motherhood. ...

    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 su...

    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...

    Very interesting read about the science of pregnancy. The author does a good job of diving in to the things she knows a lot about (the placenta, breastfeeding) but also illuminating the fact that we know shockingly little about the process by which we all come into the world. More ...

    Public library copy This made me really glad that I am old, and that I had my children long enough ago that maternity clothes were tents and there were topics that just... weren't discussed. Now everything needs to be discussed, apparently. Still, I learned a lot, especially tha...

    I learned a lot, I cried a lot, I contemplated a lot. It?s a good look at the realities of giving birth in America right now, a good exploration into interesting things going on in a mother?s body. It centres the experience of the mother, rather than the child which is refreshing. ...

    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. ...

    Interesting and beautifully written. I started reading while I was waiting for my due date and finished it while nursing my infant (I took breaks, it was actually a fairly quick read) This book has affirmed/informed what I have been going through. I would definitely recommend! ...

    Local author! Wacky true science facts! I endorse this. ...

    Hated her 30 page discussion on alcohol and pregnancy but the rest was interesting. The book is more her story and experiences than true scientific facts but she did try to weave some science in. Nothing new for me but still enjoyable. Might be too much for a first time mom? Lots of wo...

    This book emphasizes that knowledge about birth is powerful and helpful and we should have easier access to it. I enjoyed reading it a lot more than I expected to. Making pregnancy into a thing you either do perfectly or do wrong is definitely isolating, at an especially confusing time...

    Expectant parents these days have a bevy of information when it comes to pregnancy and healthcare, but to be quite frank there is a LOT that contradicts each other and can bring a lot of stress and misinformation. Angela Garbes felt that way when she was pregnant with her daughter. Ane...

    This is an incredible book?a mix of wonderfully poetic language about pregnancy, birth, and the body; a real passion for the science behind bringing a new life into the world; comfort for women and the various struggles they face in trying to and then becoming a mother; and a wonderf...

    Excellent! So happy I read this, and that a book like this even exists. I would recommend this above all other pregnancy books thus far--it is fully focused on the impact of pregnancy and parenting on mothers and fathers, and provides actual solutions and ideas for specific scenarios. ...

    Even 12 years past pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding, this book was fascinating. It triggered memories I had long since forgotten, as well as several "aha!" moments and a few "Wow!"s. I wish I'd had this to read during my first trimester and through the first few years of motherhood....

    I wish I?d found this book early on in my pregnancy, when I wanted to hear more voices about real women?s ordinary experiences of pregnancy. Angela Garbes delivers that (along with a great and poignant chapter on miscarriage), plus a nuanced and scientific discussion of many of the...

    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 do...

    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 psycholo...

    I wanted to read this book because it was by a local author, but I've also been looking for ways to reconcile the wonderful memories of my pregnancy with the horrible memories of my experience with the medical establishment during that time. Reading it was wonderfully cathartic and ope...

    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 ...

    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, ...

  • Meggie
    Jun 11, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...

    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 t...

    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-see...

    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. ...

    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 l...

    This was lower on science than I would have liked, especially because I found this book after so enjoying her article on the science of breastfeeding, but it was fascinating and honest account of one women's experience finding her own way through pregnancy and motherhood. ...

    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 su...

    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...

  • Sam Southerd
    Jul 04, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...

    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 t...

    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-see...

    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. ...

    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 l...

    This was lower on science than I would have liked, especially because I found this book after so enjoying her article on the science of breastfeeding, but it was fascinating and honest account of one women's experience finding her own way through pregnancy and motherhood. ...

    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 su...

    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...

    Very interesting read about the science of pregnancy. The author does a good job of diving in to the things she knows a lot about (the placenta, breastfeeding) but also illuminating the fact that we know shockingly little about the process by which we all come into the world. More ...

    Public library copy This made me really glad that I am old, and that I had my children long enough ago that maternity clothes were tents and there were topics that just... weren't discussed. Now everything needs to be discussed, apparently. Still, I learned a lot, especially tha...

    I learned a lot, I cried a lot, I contemplated a lot. It?s a good look at the realities of giving birth in America right now, a good exploration into interesting things going on in a mother?s body. It centres the experience of the mother, rather than the child which is refreshing. ...

    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. ...

    Interesting and beautifully written. I started reading while I was waiting for my due date and finished it while nursing my infant (I took breaks, it was actually a fairly quick read) This book has affirmed/informed what I have been going through. I would definitely recommend! ...

    Local author! Wacky true science facts! I endorse this. ...

    Hated her 30 page discussion on alcohol and pregnancy but the rest was interesting. The book is more her story and experiences than true scientific facts but she did try to weave some science in. Nothing new for me but still enjoyable. Might be too much for a first time mom? Lots of wo...

  • AnnieLiz Love
    Jun 03, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...

    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 t...

    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-see...

    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. ...

    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 l...

    This was lower on science than I would have liked, especially because I found this book after so enjoying her article on the science of breastfeeding, but it was fascinating and honest account of one women's experience finding her own way through pregnancy and motherhood. ...

    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 su...

    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...

    Very interesting read about the science of pregnancy. The author does a good job of diving in to the things she knows a lot about (the placenta, breastfeeding) but also illuminating the fact that we know shockingly little about the process by which we all come into the world. More ...

    Public library copy This made me really glad that I am old, and that I had my children long enough ago that maternity clothes were tents and there were topics that just... weren't discussed. Now everything needs to be discussed, apparently. Still, I learned a lot, especially tha...

    I learned a lot, I cried a lot, I contemplated a lot. It?s a good look at the realities of giving birth in America right now, a good exploration into interesting things going on in a mother?s body. It centres the experience of the mother, rather than the child which is refreshing. ...

    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. ...

  • Lynn
    Jun 23, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...

    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 t...

    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-see...

    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. ...

    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 l...

    This was lower on science than I would have liked, especially because I found this book after so enjoying her article on the science of breastfeeding, but it was fascinating and honest account of one women's experience finding her own way through pregnancy and motherhood. ...

    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 su...

    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...

    Very interesting read about the science of pregnancy. The author does a good job of diving in to the things she knows a lot about (the placenta, breastfeeding) but also illuminating the fact that we know shockingly little about the process by which we all come into the world. More ...

    Public library copy This made me really glad that I am old, and that I had my children long enough ago that maternity clothes were tents and there were topics that just... weren't discussed. Now everything needs to be discussed, apparently. Still, I learned a lot, especially tha...

    I learned a lot, I cried a lot, I contemplated a lot. It?s a good look at the realities of giving birth in America right now, a good exploration into interesting things going on in a mother?s body. It centres the experience of the mother, rather than the child which is refreshing. ...

    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. ...

    Interesting and beautifully written. I started reading while I was waiting for my due date and finished it while nursing my infant (I took breaks, it was actually a fairly quick read) This book has affirmed/informed what I have been going through. I would definitely recommend! ...

    Local author! Wacky true science facts! I endorse this. ...

    Hated her 30 page discussion on alcohol and pregnancy but the rest was interesting. The book is more her story and experiences than true scientific facts but she did try to weave some science in. Nothing new for me but still enjoyable. Might be too much for a first time mom? Lots of wo...

    This book emphasizes that knowledge about birth is powerful and helpful and we should have easier access to it. I enjoyed reading it a lot more than I expected to. Making pregnancy into a thing you either do perfectly or do wrong is definitely isolating, at an especially confusing time...

    Expectant parents these days have a bevy of information when it comes to pregnancy and healthcare, but to be quite frank there is a LOT that contradicts each other and can bring a lot of stress and misinformation. Angela Garbes felt that way when she was pregnant with her daughter. Ane...

    This is an incredible book?a mix of wonderfully poetic language about pregnancy, birth, and the body; a real passion for the science behind bringing a new life into the world; comfort for women and the various struggles they face in trying to and then becoming a mother; and a wonderf...

    Excellent! So happy I read this, and that a book like this even exists. I would recommend this above all other pregnancy books thus far--it is fully focused on the impact of pregnancy and parenting on mothers and fathers, and provides actual solutions and ideas for specific scenarios. ...

    Even 12 years past pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding, this book was fascinating. It triggered memories I had long since forgotten, as well as several "aha!" moments and a few "Wow!"s. I wish I'd had this to read during my first trimester and through the first few years of motherhood....

    I wish I?d found this book early on in my pregnancy, when I wanted to hear more voices about real women?s ordinary experiences of pregnancy. Angela Garbes delivers that (along with a great and poignant chapter on miscarriage), plus a nuanced and scientific discussion of many of the...

    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 do...

  • Hannah
    Jun 04, 2018

    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 ...

    UPDATE: For those who want more info on breastfeeding - and why pushing new moms to nurse is misguided - check out this article on the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-bre... As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about it...

    There's a pretty good consensus nowadays that pregnancy guides are problematic in various ways. They're condescending, judgmental, and aren't very informative. There's a real need for books that speak more to the science of pregnancy and don't infantilize women when offering advice, an...

    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 t...

    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-see...

    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. ...

    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 l...

    This was lower on science than I would have liked, especially because I found this book after so enjoying her article on the science of breastfeeding, but it was fascinating and honest account of one women's experience finding her own way through pregnancy and motherhood. ...

    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 su...