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Zero TrimesterPre-Pregnancy Care and the Politics of Reproductive Risk$
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Miranda R. Waggoner

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520288065

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520288065.001.0001

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Zero Trimester

Miranda R. Waggoner

University of California Press

This chapter introduces the contemporary medical and cultural visibility of the pre-pregnancy care model and details what the zero trimester includes. It covers the evidence and assumptions undergirding the pre-pregnancy care model and explains why the model has invited variable interpretations of its potential consequences for women’s reproductive autonomy and for maternal and child health. The rise of pre-pregnancy care is also discussed in relation to the history of prenatal care in the United States. Finally, key social science perspectives on medicine, motherhood, and reproduction are reviewed, setting up the argument that, with the rise of the zero trimester, medical and cultural ideals of womanhood and motherhood are increasingly intertwined.

Keywords:   medicine, motherhood, reproduction, pre-pregnancy care, prenatal care

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