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    • ISBN:9781844084661
    • Publication date:07 Aug 2008

Life After Birth

By Kate Figes

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* Fully revised and updated, LIFE AFTER BIRTH takes a hard-hitting look at the reality - physical, emotional, social and sexual - of becoming a mother

Forget about the baby for just one minute; what about you?


New motherhood changes everything. Few women are prepared for the radical shifts in identity, emotional intensity and relations with friends, family and the father of their child. In this fully revised and updated edition of the classic book that first bust the conspiracy of silence surrounding the upheaval of new motherhood, Kate Figes draws on medical and historical research, the invention of 'good' motherhood as well as personal testimony to reassure new mothers everywhere that they are not only normal if they find things difficult, but also doing fine.

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Kate Figes is the author of two other works of non-fiction: THE BIG FAT BITCH BOOK, THE TERRIBLE TEENS - WHAT EVERY PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW as well as two novels.

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