• ISBN: (Paperback)9780522858730
  • ISBN: (E-Book)9780522862188
  • PUBLISHED:01/Mar/2013
  • IMPRINT:Melbourne University Press
  • SUBJECT:Pregnancy, birth & baby care

Things I Didn't Expect (when I was expecting)

Monica Dux

  • Paperback $24.99
  • E-Book $12.99

Things I Didn't Expect is one woman's journey to make sense of the absurdities, the harsh realities, the myths and the downright lies about making babies.

Pregnancy is natural, healthy and fun, right? Sure it is, if you're lucky. For others, it's an adventure in physical discomfort, unachievable ideals, kooky classes and meddling experts.
When Monica Dux found herself pregnant with her first child, she was dismayed to find she belonged firmly in the second category. For her, pregnancy could only be described as a medium-level catastrophe. So, three years later and about to birth her second child, Monica went on a quest: to figure out what's really going on when we incubate.
Monica explores the aspects of baby-making that we all want to talk about, but which are too embarrassing, unsettling or downright confronting. She also looks at the powerful forces that shape women's experiences of being pregnant in the west, the exploitative industries, and the medical and physical realities behind it all.
Along the way, she fends off sadistic maternal health nurses, attempts to expand then contract her vagina, and struggles to keep her baby's placenta off her hippy brother's lunch menu.

About the author

Monica Dux is a writer and social commentator. She can be heard regularly on ABC radio and 3RRR, and has published widely, especially on women's issues. In 2008 she co-authored The Great Feminist Denial.
In an earlier life Monica studied and taught history at the University of Melbourne, where she was the founding editor of the interdisciplinary journal Traffic. She has worked for Melbourne University Publishing and on The Monthly magazine.

Author links

Follow Monica on Twitter: twitter.com/monicadux

Visit Monica's blog: http://monicadux.com.au/

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    • Mothermorphosis
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    • In Mothermorphosis, some of Australia's most talented writers and storytellers share their own experiences of motherhood. In telling their stories they articulate the complex internal conflicts, the exhilaration and the absurdity of the transformation that takes place when we become mothers.We read about the yearning for a child, the private and pub... Read more...

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