Kate (kate_nepveu) wrote,

prominent clichés about pregnancy and childbirth

Hey DW,

I've been planning a blog post on the topic "a plea for variety in depictions of pregnancy and childbirth, or, your clichés are boring." It seems to me the big ones in stock portrayals of pregnancy and childbirth are morning sickness; mood swings; food cravings; delivery flat in back in bed; and fathers freaking out. (Let us put aside the tendency to see pregnant bodies as horrific and tools/things to be invaded, for the moment.)

What other major clichés are there about pregnancy and childbirth? What key things would you want writers to remember when writing pregnant characters? And, separately, what big-picture questions should SFF writers think about when doing worldbuilding around pregnancy and childbirth?

(I'm not sure if this should also include newborns; I can't think of any big clichés there, except maybe the cluster of things around breastfeeding, which may be just too complicated.)

comment(s) (how-to) | link
Tags: help me internets, pregnancy

  • Temeraire Reread finished; Toast Retrospectives ongoing

    I finally put up the spoiler post about the conclusion to the series, League of Dragons, today. (Here's the entirely-spoiler-free review if that's…

  • cheering links

    I just collected these in a comment to a locked post, so before I go to bed, let me dump them here, slightly tidied because I have a problem: Ann…

  • links links links

    I have to start generating draft post link dumps as I post things to G+. On movies: You should be reading Wesley Morris, who won a Pulitzer…

Comments for this post were disabled by the author