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This review is from: Misconceptions: Truth, Lies and the Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood (Paperback)
I loved this book. Such a refreshing change to the other books on pregnancy that either create slapstick out of pregnancy, portraying all mothers-to-be as neurotic hormone-fuelled headcases or else, harp on about the wonders of pregnancy where every niggling 'symptom' can be cured by taking a bath or 'putting your feet up'.
This book is an intelligent and intellectual probing of the changing identity of the pregnant woman and society's reaction to her and is not afraid to broach all the glossed-over taboos such as the real pain of childbirth, the meaning of medical interventions and the alternative points of view that can be adopted when planning a birth.
The use of quotes from other women helps keep the pace and holds interest and Wolf's prose, on occasion, is quite, quite beautiful.