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 Review

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, it’s 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 do—instead 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 journalist’s curiosity and discipline, a mother’s urgency, and a food writer’s 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 what’s really happening underneath your skin (and to it), and why women need to know.

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

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  • Jaime

    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 underline...

  • Jaime

    As a new mother and feminist killjoy, I was so excited to read this book. Everything about its premise perfectly encapsulated where my mommy brain now resides. There were so many wonderful parts of th...

  • Samantha

    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...

  • Jaci Millette Cooper

    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 ...

  • Katya

    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...

  • Sarah

    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. ...

  • Meggie

    4.5 starsI 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 emot...

  • Ms. Yingling

    Public library copyThis 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 everyt...

  • Darcy

    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/p...

  • Chinook

    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...