From time to time, it’s nice to take a break from all the main genres and look into different options. Slice of life is a genre that is mostly ignored because, at plain sight, it lacks a plot. But that’s definitely not true!
Shussan no Shikata ga Wakaranai! (I Don’t Know How To Give Birth!) takes us on a journey to discover the joys of motherhood from the perspective of a first-time mom who also happens to be a mangaka.
Let’s Talk About the Birds and the Bees
When Ayami and her husband (who's also a mangaka) decide to form a family, she doesn’t really know where to start. She's right about the need for sex, but she thinks it’s gonna be easy and that one or two times will be enough to get pregnant. And boy was she wrong! It doesn’t really help that Ayami is not particularly familiar with anything related to sex, for she grew up in a household where they never talk about such unholy subjects.
Luckily for her, her husband is understanding of the situation and helps her through the process, but not everything is about putting it in; Ayami needed more information and guidance to be able to fully understand what she needed to have a child. She went to the hospital on several occasions, often wanting to die of embarrassment because of the questions the doctor asked. Still, her desire to make her husband happy bringing a kid to the world made her push through, even if that meant telling her doctor about the number of times she had sex with her husband during the week…
You're Good at Creating Manga, but What About Creating Kids?
It comes as a shock to Ayami to discover that she is not fertile, but even though she’s sad, she’s determined to do whatever it takes to be a mother. With a lot of humor and really nice art, Ayami narrates all of her visits to the hospital and everything that she had to do to prepare her body for a baby. For example, she had to keep track of the number of times she slept with her husband, and her doctor encouraged her to talk about it. She learned how ovulation worked and even discovered some things that her husband liked in bed in the process.
It took a lot of time for her to finally get pregnant, all the while having to inject herself, take supplements, and change her diet to make it easier for her body. Of course, there were false alarms, and after discovering that there was no baby, came disappointment. Don’t worry, this couple doesn’t suffer for long! Soon enough, there’s a soon-to-be-born baby, as well as other problems waiting around the corner.
Baby on Board!
Did you know that trying to get pregnant is not the most difficult part? Yes, it was embarrassing enough having to talk about her sex life with a male doctor, but what came after that was even worse for this poor mother…
Morning sickness was something that Ayami didn’t enjoy at all—nobody does!—but after that was over, more problems appeared. Her stomach started to grow, making her underwear feel uncomfortable, so Ayami went shopping to find something a little bit looser. She then discovered that certain foods didn’t sit well with her, so she had to stop eating them.
But the hardest part of it all came when the baby decided it was time to come out. How was Ayami supposed to know how to push?! They kept telling her to push, but she just didn’t know how! In the end, a healthy baby girl was born, and Ayami discovered that being a mother is even harder than not knowing how to give birth.
I Don’t Know How To Give Birth! is not a self-help book but a short, entertaining, and ideal read for those who want to take a break from other, more mainstream genres. It doesn’t matter if you’re already a mother, if you're currently pregnant—this could be a great gift for an expectant mother, though!—or if you don’t want to have kids at all. It doesn't even matter if you're a man and can't give birth! This manga is full of funny moments that will definitely make you laugh, and for us, that's enough reason to start reading it as soon as possible!