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 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
ISBN:9780062662965
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About Angela Garbes


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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • AnnieLiz Love

    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 ...

  • 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. ...

  • Hannah

    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. Th...

  • kaylin

    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....

  • Sai

    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 difficu...

  • Jenny

    Highly recommend this book to all expecting mothers. This book made lots of good points, debunked myths and gave me a clearer idea of the horror of what’s going to happen to me. No matter what you...