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‘New mothers will scream with delight and recognition and laughter. Everyone else will just scream.’
‘This isn’t just a book for every woman who’s ever had a baby, but any reader who has a pulse. When I wasn’t screaming from horror, I was howling with laughter. Fist-bumpingly smart and spleen-damagingly funny, Monica Dux is our answer to Caitlin Moran.’ – BENJAMIN LAW
‘There are two kinds of pregnant women. Those who bloom, and the normal kind. Read it in a spirit of solidarity—or a spasm of schadenfreude— Dux’s irreverent, informed and in-your-hoohah-funny take on postfeminist pregnancy is a Kegel exercise of the spirit’. – SUSAN MAUSHART
‘A hilarious, informed and insightful autobiographical account of motherhood. In the event of a call for the Voice of my generation of mothers, I nominate Monica Dux.’ – CORDELIA FINE
‘Very funny in a snort-out-loud kind of way…Importantly, it contributes to much-needed open discussion of pregnancy and birth, plus humour is a great way to deal with the emotional and physical upheaval that comes with creating humans. Dux’s strong opinions may cause controversy. I didn’t always agree with it, but I definitely enjoyed reading it.’ – BOOKS + PUBLISHING, DECEMBER 2012.
When Monica Dux, a writer and procreator, 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 try to figure out what’s really going on when we incubate.
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.
Monica explores the aspects of baby-making that we all want to talk about, but which are usually 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.