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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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Anticipating Risky Bodies

Anticipating Risky Bodies

Making Sense of Future Reproductive Risk

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Zero Trimester

Miranda R. Waggoner

University of California Press

This chapter examines how maternal and child health experts defined risks to healthy pregnancies around the turn of the twenty-first century, especially amid scientific uncertainty regarding the etiology of birth outcomes. Drawing on interviews with maternal and child health experts and physicians who were involved in drafting and/or disseminating the pre-pregnancy care model, this chapter details how individuals drew on long-held assumptions about strong ties between women’s bodies and reproductive outcomes in order to craft a new “common sense” about future reproductive risk. Pre-pregnancy care as an anticipatory care strategy highlights how medicine and public health today focus on preemptive clinical intervention and on future risk. Moreover, pre-pregnancy care serves as a bellwether for where this trend is headed: toward preventive interventions in the name of the health of future generations.

Keywords:   scientific uncertainty, birth outcomes, responsibility, common sense, women’s bodies, reproductive outcomes, anticipatory care, future risk

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