What to read after What to Expect . . . . A badass, feminist, and personal deep-dive into the science and culture of pregnancy and early motherhood that debunks myths and dated assumptions, offering guidance and camaraderie to women navigating one of the biggest and most profound changes in their lives.Like most first-time mothers, Angela Garbes was filled with questions when she became pregnant. What exactly is a placenta? How does a body go into labor? Why is breast best? What are the signs and effects of post-partum depression?But as she discovered, its not easy to find satisfying answers. Your OB will cautiously quote statistics; online sources will scare you with conflicting and often inaccurate information; and even the most trusted books will offer information with a heavy dose of judgment. To educate herself, the food and culture writer embarked on an intensive journey of exploration, diving into the scientific mysteries and cultural myths that surround motherhood to find answers to her questions that had only previously been given through a lens of what women ought to doinstead of allowing them the freedom to choose the right path themselves.In Like a Mother, Angela offers a rigorously researched and compelling look at the physiology, biology, chemistry, and psychology of pregnancy and motherhood, informed by research, reportage, and her own experience. With a journalists curiosity and discipline, a mothers urgency, and a food writers insatiability, she explores the science behind the pressing questions women have about a number of subjects, including postpartum hormones, breast milk, and miscarriage.Infused with candor and humor, born out of awe, appreciation, and understanding of the human body and its workings, Like a Mother is a full-frontal look at whats really happening underneath your skin (and to it), and why women need to know....
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Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy Reviews
Smart, relatable, relevant to the modern day mother
Great mix of memoir, science , and contemplation. I'm six months pregnant with my first and I feel like it jump started my brain into working again. The writing style is very enjoyable to read. It is full of really interesting information that I've not read anywhere else. It made me feel powerful and have new appreciation what the body can do. I loved it!
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.
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 wonderful feminist thread connecting everything and pointing out all the various places women's issues and rights have been ignored. Angela's book is part memoir, part heavily researched reporting, and part friend-sourced s ...more
I wish I could have read this book before giving birth to my son. Garbes—a journalist—writes about pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum life as a mother in an equally informative and emotional way. I found myself resonating with a lot of her observations about having a child, and I also learned a great deal about pregnancy and being a mother. Garbes’ in-depth research about a topic she was highly interested in—she had just given birth to her first child—created a tone of fascination tha ...more
I'm so glad this book exists—it's a fascinating account of the biology of pregnancy and goes into much greater depth (in much fewer pages) than anything else I've read. Her discussions of the culture of pregnancy are also much needed—it's the first book I've read to address pregnancy explicitly within a patriarchal, white supremacist society. It's also one of the only pregnancy books I've read by a woman of color. Finally, I learned far more about breastfeeding and the placenta than I had though ...more
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 think she lost a chance to bring up how flawed some of the studies surrounding claims for breastfeeding, but in general reading this was a healing experience for me.
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, and Angela Garbes's book is a step in that direction.
While much of this is personal narrative, Garbes does some deep dives into subjects most mothers encounter during pregnancy and childbirth (like wtaf is a placenta ...more
I have two children, 3 years old and 18 months. So my days are full of diapers, making snacks, so much laundry and someone is on me constantly. So when I read a book in two days, it’s a Big Deal.
This is the book pregnant people should read. This is the book their partners and support people should read. This is the book every human who has grown in a uterus should read.
It made me cry. It made me laugh. It made me raise my hands and go yes yes me too!
Angela covers early pregnancy, what the hec ...more