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Publisher's Summary

What to listen to 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.

©2018 Angela Garbes (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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interesting, but not a fan of the narration

I heard the author pitch this book on Fresh air and was excited to listen to it as I'm due next month with our second child. The content is very interesting and I enjoyed the format, but the narration was dry, monotone, and condescending. The author reads the intro and makes me wish she would have narrated the whole book. I am familiar with the narrator and she has a lovely voice in general so I am not sure if it was the direction or what, my general advice, buy the book just not the audio version.

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Don’t waste your money

I have read a lot of pregnancy books and this is the worst. It’s basically an older woman’s experience of a bad pregnancy and wanting to understand the female body because of it. It’s all over the board random. I mean she discusses how women give birth in different cultures. To women ripping their vaginal tissue and not being able to poop. To her daughter who when she changes her diaper she touches herself and she wants her daughter to understand her vagina. To her friend who has a part of her anus sticking out of her vagina. I mean you see it’s all random and too much information. I have learned that every woman’s body and birthing experiences are completely different.

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Females are strong as hell

This book is fascinating. In addition to grabbing my attention, Angela Garbes has made me wicked impressed with the female body and the nearly magical things that it can do.

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Beautiful!

I’ve been so moved by Angela Garbes’s words.

This book has been a much needed and much loved companion during the third trimester of my first pregnancy.

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A very depressing view of things

I am a staunch feminist and while this book had some good insights and viewpoints, it was super depressing!! I agree with other reviews that this was largely due to the voice of the narrator which was way more dour and serious than in needed to be. Listening to the author read the intro, I really felt like I could relate to her but the narrator made it feel stiff and dead. As a newly pregnant woman I would not recommend this to other women in my situation. I also live in Canada, so perhaps the outlook up here is better than for our sisters down south. I do feel there needs to be advocacy and listening to the stories of women in order to change things, and hope there will be more feminist perspectives that don’t make me feel nothing but dread and foreboding about how having a baby will ruin you.

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  • Kate
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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I wept throughout this book again and again. After having two children, I felt like this was the book I had been desperate to read. Angela Garbes captures so much of what I felt as a mother and confirms so much of what I suspected. This will be my go to gift for all expecting mothers.

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I wish the author read the whole book

I just started listening to this book and I really, really like it, however, I wish the author had read the whole book. I do not enjoy listening to the voice of the narrator.