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Life after birth

They say that nothing prepares you for motherhood-for once they are right

By Valerie Monchi   April 1998

Mine was a planned pregnancy. It never occurred to me to join that swelling band of thirty-something women who are choosing to remain childless for the sake of their careers. At the age of 27 I acquired a husband; at 31, I was ready for a child. I strolled into pregnancy blithely self-assured. I had moved countries three times, survived Oxford exams, and the launch of Prospect. Surely, I could do motherhood.

I was determined to be prepared. The moment I discovered I was pregnant, I rushed out to buy all the right books-Gordon Bourne’s Pregnancy, Miriam Stoppard’s Pregnancy and…

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