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Weighty matters: Negotiating 'fatness' and 'in-betweeness' in early pregnancy


Nash, M, Weighty matters: Negotiating 'fatness' and 'in-betweeness' in early pregnancy, Feminism and Psychology: An International Journal, 22, (3) pp. 307-323. ISSN 0959-3535 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0959353512445361


Feminist scholars have comprehensively examined why women suffer from body image woes (see Bordo, 1993). On the surface, it seems strange to think that pregnant women fear ‘fat’. After all, pregnancy is a time when women are supposed to gain weight. This article draws on longitudinal narrative data to examine experiences of weight gain and ‘fatness’ in early periods of pregnancy among women in Melbourne, Australia. Informants’ accounts demonstrate that they constantly feared that their pregnant corporealities would be ‘misread’ when they were not unambiguously ‘pregnant’. The concept of ‘in-betweenness’ is critical in challenging socio-cultural and biomedical representations of maternal weight gain and for understanding how women feel about their bodies over the duration of pregnancy. Narratives highlight the need for multiple pregnant corporealities.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:body image, fat, obesity, pregnancy, weight
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social change
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Nash, M (Associate Professor Meredith Nash)
ID Code:77961
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:45
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2012-06-06
Last Modified:2016-09-30
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