The externality of the inside: body images of pregnancy.

  title={The externality of the inside: body images of pregnancy.},
  author={Virginia Schmied and Deborah Lupton},
  journal={Nursing inquiry},
  volume={8 1},
This paper draws on literature, empirical data and a range of theoretical perspectives on the maternal body to examine understandings of the relationship between a pregnant woman and her foetus, with a particular focus on the body images used by women to represent this relationship. Psychoanalytic and nursing accounts of the relationship between mother and foetus have often described a symbiotic 'oneness' or unity during pregnancy. Such accounts, however, stress the temporary nature of this… CONTINUE READING