My Body Created a HumanPrinceton Architectural Press
A graphic novel style memoir about the weirdness and wonder of pregnancy and early motherhood, told with humor and frankness. The perfect gift for new parents, parents-to-be, or anyone interested in the experience of bringing a new human into today’s world.
Emma Ahlqvist’s graphic memoir about the birth and early moments of raising her first child is a wry and resonant portrayal of both the challenges and excitement of pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and embracing the experience of motherhood. Told with black-and-white drawings and short, frank captions, Ahlqvist considers everything from lactation woes, anxieties about late capitalism and global warming, the challenges of sharing labor equally as a couple—and the genuine rewards of bringing a human into the world.
Unflinching, relatable, and funny, My Body Created a Human invites laughter, emphatic nods, and exclamations of “You too?” Organized into thematic chapters like “Postpartum” and “A Mother and an Artist,” her drawings can be enjoyed all at once, or browsed and savored during late-night and early-morning wake-ups.