Body Full of Stars by Molly Caro May
“Let’s go ahead and blame the mother. Tell the pregnant woman she must eat, feel, and birth perfectly for the well-being of the fetus. She inevitably fails at this but still holds out hope she will be a glowing mother of her baby. Then, at the peak of her sleep deprivation, possible vaginal collapse, physical depletion from nursing, and isolation from a partner who doesn’t “get it”, she gets a little angry at the world. But do not feel your anger, honey. Transmute it with breathing exercises and yoga you can’t do because you either can’t move that way anymore or there is no extra time. Become superhuman, even though no one is meant to be not human. Whatever you do, do not expose your baby to your darkness. You are not allowed to have darkness.”
Counterpoint Press has some phenomenal titles out right now, one of which is Molly Caro May’s Body Full of Stars. I started this one last night and I wish this book had been around for me 8 years ago. Giving birth to my son was an incredibly difficult experience and my body suffered severe complications during the birth process. I had a long road of recovery after I delivered him and navigating unknown waters as a new mother while my own body was rebelling and healing was both a joyful and absolutely terrifying time for me. May writes her personal experience with complete candor and vulnerability..... she holds nothing back in regards to how motherhood affected her mentally, physically, as well as the toll it took on her marriage. May also addresses body image and shame, female rage and the unrealistic expectations placed upon new mothers. I think that many women will be able to identify with her story and I for one, am so thankful she told it. This is a must read for new moms, experienced moms, and anyone who is just looking to empathize with someone beginning their journey of motherhood. 4 thought provoking stars. Thank you so much to Counterpoint Press for providing me with a finished copy in exchange for my honest review.