The more I think about it, the more I see that society does not support pregnant women. Especially career-oriented, highly intelligent, successful women. Leaving aside for the moment the issue of inadequate parental leaves and unaccessibility of daycare, have you ever tried to buy a gift for a pregnant woman?
First of all, there are no decent clothes for pregnant women that can be worn in an office or university environment. Most of maternoity clothes can be used as a contraceptive device, since they make you extremely unattractive.
The books for pregnant women always assume an extremely paternalistic, condescending tone. Instead of providing a woman with facts that would enable her to make an informed decision of her own, these books tell unverified, obviously invented stories aimed at scaring the reader into doing what the authors feel is right.
For the most part, these books aim to promote (in a very forceful way) a propaganda of "natural" birth and obligatory breastfeeding. Women are told that no matter how painful, they have to continue with both practices.
Pregnancy journals are obviously made by people who believe women have pastel-colored mush in place of a brain. They use expressions like "a bun in the oven" of all things! And it's not like there is anything else on the market. There isn't.
Do these manufacturers assume that women become stupid when they get pregnant, or do they think that smart women shouldn't have children?
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