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Motherhood Complex: The story of our changing selves

Melissa Hogenboom

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Family & relationships

An essential new exploration of motherhood, illuminated with the very latest discoveries and research in biology, psychology and social science

Long before we even contemplate becoming parents, biology and society are already pushing us to shape our identity as prospective parents, whether we go through with it or not. Why does motherhood bring such a dramatic shift that affects so many areas of our lives, from how our brain and body changes, to our relationships and our careers?

THE MOTHERHOOD COMPLEX is a scientific exploration of what it means to become a mother. Melissa Hogenboom examines the biological and psychological changes during pregnancy and motherhood, and how these changes influence a woman's sense of self. From exploring the way our brain changes during pregnancy, to the psychological impact of changing physicality, to the intrusion of technology on modern motherhood, Hogenboom reveals how external events and society at large influences mothers.

Interweaving her personal experience as a working mother of two, Hogenboom finally brings the focus on what is so often ignored: the impact that motherhood has on one's identity. THE MOTHERHOOD COMPLEX is a conversation-starting book that uses cutting-edge science to smash the modern myth of maternal perfection.

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