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Contextos Clínicos

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TACHIBANA, Miriam. The body under discussion: the concern of pregnant women about the time after childbirth. Contextos Clínic [online]. 2021, vol.14, n.2, pp.438-460. ISSN 1983-3482.

Amidst so many social transformations involving gender issues, it is required to understand what are the concerns that go through women, contemporarily, in relation to motherhood. Thus, this study aimed to investigate the imaginary future of pregnant women in relation to the time after childbirth. Individual interviews were conducted with 10 pregnant women, mediated by the Drawing-and-Story Procedure with a Theme, according to the theme "a woman after childbirth". After each interview, the interviewer wrote a transferential narrative about the encounter. The set of the 10 drawing-stories and the 10 transferential narratives was analyzed psychoanalytically and organized according to the Theory of Fields. The field "Mother, but thin" was identified, from which the participants expressed their concern about the appearance of their bodies, after the baby's birth, following the logic of the cult of the body in contemporaneity. At the same time, one can think that this aesthetic concern of the investigated collective is also related to a concern about having their own corporeality reduced to maternity. It is concluded that, nowadays, women feel overwhelmed in different spheres, although they seem to have more autonomy than before, which denotes the need for further investigations and interventions with this social group.

Keywords : maternity; femininity; body image.

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