The Motherhood Complex

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Long before we even contemplate having a child, biology and society are already pushing us to shape our identity as prospective mothers, 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. BBC science journalist, 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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THE MOTHERHOOD COMPLEX does for mothers in particular what INVISIBLE WOMEN did for women as a whole: exposes the myriad ways in which the system is stacked against us, while celebrating the strengths and successes we achieve in spite of it all. A meticulously researched investigation, and a movingly intimate memoir 

Leah Hazard ― author of HARD PUSHED

An upbeat, authoritative tirade on the contradiction between what we think motherhood is supposed to be like and what it is really like … Hogenboom unfurls a proper anatomy of motherhood, delving into the physical and emotional changes … This book is reassuring, warm and subtly challenging

Viv Groskop ― The Observer

THE MOTHERHOOD COMPLEX offers a fascinating and deeply engrossing portrait of identity change after one of life’s biggest event

David Robson ― author of THE INTELLIGENCE TRAP

A welcome, refreshing and clear-eyed look at the twenty-first century expectations of motherhood .”

Gina Rippon ― author of THE GENDERED BRAIN

With wit, erudition and a mastery of her sources, she is the perfect guide to the levels of change in our identity that motherhood brings.”

Holly Harley, Little, Brown
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