The Zero Trimester (Paperback)

Pre-Pregnancy Care and the Politics of Reproductive Risk

By Miranda R. Waggoner

University of California Press, 9780520288072, 280pp.

Publication Date: September 12, 2017

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In the United States, a healthy pregnancy is now defined well before pregnancy begins. Public health messages encourage women of reproductive age to anticipate motherhood and prepare their bodies for healthy reproduction—even when pregnancy is not on the horizon. Some experts believe that this pre-pregnancy care model will reduce risk and ensure better birth outcomes than the prenatal care model. Others believe it represents yet another attempt to control women’s bodies.
The Zero Trimester explores why the task of perfecting pregnancies now takes up a woman’s entire reproductive life, from menarche to menopause. Miranda R. Waggoner shows how the zero trimester rose alongside shifts in medical and public health priorities, contentious reproductive politics, and the changing realities of women’s lives in the twenty-first century. Waggoner argues that the emergence of the zero trimester is not simply related to medical and health concerns; it also reflects the power of culture and social ideologies to shape both population health imperatives and women’s bodily experiences.

About the Author

Miranda R. Waggoner is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Florida State University.

Praise For The Zero Trimester: Pre-Pregnancy Care and the Politics of Reproductive Risk

“A sophisticated study not only of a new medical trend, but also of a contemporary result of a century-old construction of modern pregnancy, modern motherhood and women’s health care.”

— Social History of Medicine

"Waggoner’s analysis is clear, compelling, and richly documented."

— Medical Anthropology Quarterly