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The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy
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The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy

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by Vicki Iovine
 

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The practical, comforting, honest, and hilarious bestseller for moms-to-be, with more than one and a half million copies in print!

Your doctor gives you medical advice. Your mother buys you baby clothes. But who can give you the real skinny when you’re pregnant?

Your girlfriends, of course—at least, the ones who’ve been through the exhilaration

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The practical, comforting, honest, and hilarious bestseller for moms-to-be, with more than one and a half million copies in print!

Your doctor gives you medical advice. Your mother buys you baby clothes. But who can give you the real skinny when you’re pregnant?

Your girlfriends, of course—at least, the ones who’ve been through the exhilaration and exhaustion, the agony and ecstasy of pregnancy. Four-time delivery room veteran Vicki Iovine talks to you the way only a best friend can—in the book that will go the whole nine months for every mother-to-be. In this revised and updated edition, get the lowdown on all those little things that are too strange or embarrassing to ask, practical tips, and hilarious takes on everything pregnant.

What really happens to your body—from morning sickness and gas to eating everything in sight—and what it’s like to go from being a babe to having one.

The Many Moods of Pregnancy—why you’re so irritable/distracted/tired/lightheaded (or at least more than usual).

Staying Stylish—You may be pregnant, but you can still be the fashionista you’ve always been (or at least you don’t have to look like a walking beachball)—wearing the hippest designers and proudly showing off your bump.

Pregnancy is Down To a Science—from in vitro fertilization to scheduled c-sections, there are so many options, alternatives, and scientific tests to take that being pregnant can be downright confusing!

And much more! For a reassuring voice or just a few good belly laughs, turn to this straight-talking guide on what to really expect when you’re expecting.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
For first-time mothers-to-be, this candid, funny and very reassuring guide to pregnancy is just what the doctor ordered-or would if he/she knew about it. Iovine, who has had four babies and who seemingly has girlfriends with many more, believes that women learn the really valuable things about pregnancy from other women. Since too few women in today's mobile society have a close circle of experienced female friends to turn to, Iovine's sharing of her own and her friends' experiences and knowledge fills a genuine need for comforting, straightforward, non-euphemistic woman-talk. Without stepping on any medical toes, and in language that is neither technical nor cutesy, she tackles morning sickness, swollen breasts, exercises, stretch marks, sex during and after pregnancy, delivery and just about everything else, from maternity clothing to bladder behavior. Iovine anticipates every conceivable question, and her responses are warm, wise and witty. (Oct.)
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Newsweek Leaving the medical domain to the medical professionals, Iovine focuses on the practical, social, emotional, and physiological aspects of pregnancy....Iovine and her gaggle of Girlfriends are ready with reassuring and frequently irreverent advice.

USA Today With great humor and frankness, Iovine addresses the topics most women talk about only with their best friends.

American Baby A lighthearted, helpful, and brutally honest book from someone who understands. You'll laugh and learn about what to aid (perms, maternity clothing stores), what generally can't avoid be avoided (hemorrhoids, a tendency to worry about everything), and what not to be afraid of (if you're having amniocentesis, that big needle; turning into your mother). And if you feel as though you've embarked on a nine-month-long ride on a roller coaster, the chapter called "Pregnancy Insanity" will reassure you that you're normal.

People A laugh-out-loud primer for unseasoned moms-to-be.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416524724
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
01/02/2007
Edition description:
Newly Expanded Second Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
44,005
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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Quite often nature provides us with physical clues that might make us suspect we are pregnant even before modern science confirms it. Usually, when you find out that you are, indeed, pregnant, you say to yourself with a sudden awakening, "Oh, so that's why my (Fill in the symptom "boobs hurt"; "bladder falls"; "husband drives me crazy.") Especially in retrospect, you will see that there are usually abundant physical changes to inform you in no uncertain terms that you are pregnant. That is why I am always cynical when I read those stories about unsuspecting women giving birth to babies in airplane bathrooms after nine months of not knowing they were pregnant. Come on now! Most eight-month-old fetuses kick and tumble so fiercely in your stomach that you can watch your abdomen go from round to nearly square. And what about that inevitable weight gain? Who are these women trying to kid? Either they are trying for the Immaculate Conception excuse or they just are not really paying enough attention to themselves. There are plenty of other changes that, when put together, might lead you to suspect that you are pregnant long before you confirm it with a pregnancy test. What follows is a list of the common early warning signs.

Breasts

One of the most common changes in the pregnant woman's body is in her breasts. The newly pregnant woman often gets the same puffy breasts that she gets premenstrually, but the consensus among the Girlfriends is that these breasts are a lot more sensitive. In fact, taking a shower can be agonizing if you face the stream of water, sleeping on your stomach becomes unbearable and if your husband should happen to touch your breasts you will feel completely justified in hitting him with the bedside lamp. Not only are they sensitive and sore, but they are getting bigger and bigger every day. The good news, especially for those of us who have always secretly longed to be big busty gals, is that they will continue to grow, and they will stop hurting eventually. In a month or so, you and your husband will have a nice new set of playthings.

Peeing

Another symptom that the Girlfriends found in early pregnancy was the need to urinate a lot. You may find yourself getting up two or three (or more) times a night to pee when you used to sleep all night long without even hearing a peep from your bladder. Since fatigue is often another early sign of pregnancy, you will probably learn to loathe all of these interruptions of your precious slumber. There is some old folk wisdom that says that all this getting up and down all night to pee is nature's way of preparing you for early motherhood, when the up-and-down drill is much the same. I happen to think that this folk wisdom is incorrect, because you will start being able to sleep again later in your pregnancy and everyone knows a pregnant woman cannot be expected to remember something that she learned six months earlier; heck, she probably can't remember what happened yesterday.

All these nighttime trips can, indeed, be annoying, but it usually is not as bad as it sounds because almost all of us Girlfriends discovered that we could get out of bed, walk to the bathroom, pee, wipe, walk back to bed and crawl in, all without opening our eyes one single time. Some of us could even manage to take a drink of water without looking. I, however, was almost always hungry at night, and I frequently ended up in the kitchen after one of my nocturnal pees. If the trip downstairs hadn't awakened me, the refrigerator light was sure to.

Exhaustion

The tiredness of a newly pregnant woman is like a heaviness or being on nighttime cold medication permanently. One of my Girlfriends, Becky, who sells real estate, was so tired that she fell asleep in the car every single time she went to houses of prospective clients. Fortunately for Becky, she has a partner who did most of the driving. The newly pregnant woman may find herself at work, unable to think of anything but lying down. My Girlfriend Rosemary used to lock her office door and nap on her sofa for a few minutes every day. Those of us who are fortunate enough to actually take a nap sleep like the dead, waking up with blanket creases on our faces, red cheeks and bedhead hair -- and usually little more refreshed than we were before. Forget about renting a video for a cozy night in with your husband. You will be snoring by the time the warning not to bootleg the tape and sell it for profit is over. This fatigue can also lead to an inability to stay awake long enough to have sex. Please hand this book to your husband right now.

ATTENTION, HUSBANDS OF NEWLY PREGNANT WOMEN:

DO NOT TAKE IT PERSONALLY WHEN YOUR WIFE WOULD RATHER SLEEP THAN SLEEP WITH YOU! SHE REALLY CANNOT HELP IT AND IT IS ABSOLUTELY NO REFLECTION ON YOUR MANHOOD OR HOW MUCH SHE LOVES YOU. TRY AGAIN TOMORROW MORNING AFTER SHE HAS HAD SOME REST. (UNLESS, OF COURSE, SHE HAS MORNING SICKNESS, TOO, IN WHICH CASE, TRY THE PLAYBOY CHANNEL.)

Crampiness

Phantom menstrual cramps can be another sign of pregnancy. Many Girlfriends have never been more certain that their periods were going to start than when they were pregnant. Pregnancy and serious PMS (which is always serious) have several similarities, such as lower back pressure and that slightly crampy feeling you get right before your period starts. Since I was always paralyzed with the fear that I might miscarry (which, by the way, I never did), I really hated the feeling that my period might start at any minute. I can't count the number of times I felt a little trickle and dropped every thing to fly to the bathroom to see if my period had begun. As you will soon learn, in pregnancy, there is a lot of trickling going on as your body goes into overdrive in the vaginal secretion department.

With all four of my children, I did experience some bleeding early in the pregnancies, and while this is not particularly common, it may happen to you. A general rule of thumb is that if the blood is brownish with no clots and doesn't fill more than one or two sanitary pads, everything is probably all right. If the bleeding is bright red or has clots in it, call your doctor right away. And if there is cramping with the bleeding, call your doctor immediately and ask whether they want to meet you at their office or the nearest hospital.

Believe me, I know how hysterical you can feel if you are pregnant and you find blood in your underwear, but if it makes you feel any better, all four times my bleeding was bright red (but without cramps) and my doctor just had me rest with my feet up for a couple of days until it went away. My pregnancies were just fine after that. It is perfectly natural to call your doctor for reassurance, but it's not always a call for alarm.

Dizziness

Quite a few of my Girlfriends said that they were light-headed early in their pregnancies. Getting out of bed too quickly could give them tunnel vision and make them see stars. Bending over to tie their shoes could result in them having to lie on the floor until the blood returned to their head. A word of caution here: A significant number of women have gotten pregnant after too much to drink, and sometimes pregnancy and a hangover are hard to tell apart. The general rule should be that a hangover that lasts for more than a couple of days could be pregnancy, and it might be a good idea to give up the partying until you know for certain. Even if you aren't pregnant, if you have hangovers that last more than a couple of days it is probably a good idea for you to give up partying anyway.

If you are light-headed, it is usually nothing to worry about, but you could pass out and bonk your head or something, so move slowly and let your blood pressure adjust at its new, slower pace.

Nausea

Nausea is the Waterloo for many newly pregnant women, and it can strike at any point in the pregnancy, usually at the two-month point. They will either find themselves eating everything in sight in a desperate attempt to make the queasiness go away or they will gag at the mere thought of certain foods. You would think that a nauseous woman is a woman who cannot eat a crumb. Not true. Many of my pregnant Girlfriends experienced starving and vomiting almost simultaneously. Pregnancy can create a gnawing uneasiness in the tummy that is most easily compared to seasickness, and, as with seasickness, food is the only thing that can settle your stomach. The catch is that not all food is friendly food. The challenge is in finding just the right foods to soothe the nausea, because you will be amazed at how many of the old favorites, such as cheese, fish, broccoli or chicken, now make your stomach lurch uncontrollably when you simply think of them.

Some of my more unfortunate Girlfriends have had such extreme nausea that they would gag right in the middle of a sentence. My poor Girlfriend Maryann was so plagued by morning sickness that she would throw up spontaneously. There would be no warning signs, like a wave of nausea or a watering of the mouth. One moment she would be chatting normally, and the next minute it was the pea soup scene from The Exorcist. She just sat as quietly as possible with her mouth clenched tightly to try to keep the mess to a minimum. Then again, just as many other Girlfriends have never experienced a gurgle of nausea. This diversity is just another example of how nature gets a kick out of keeping us guessing and never letting us completely relax.

There is really no rhyme or reason in this area of food preferences and sensitivities. You might be like my Girlfriend Sondra, who when she was pregnant craved anything spicy. She would start her days with Mexican food drowning in salsa. By lunchtime she was begging her friends to go to sushi bars with her so that she could nibble on the green mustard, even if she couldn't eat the raw fish. Or you might be like my Girlfriend Shannon, who craved "comfort" foods like mashed potatoes, cereals and white toast. My Girlfriend Corki got on a fruit kick and lived for strawberries and nectarines, with a little chocolate thrown in every now and then for variety.

Obviously, the goal is to eat some foods from the five major food groups, if not at every meal, then at least once a day. DO NOT PANIC, HOWEVER, IF YOU FAIL TO EAT TEXTBOOK BALANCED MEALS EVERY DAY DURING YOUR FIRST COUPLE OF MONTHS OF PREGNANCY. No matter how vehement those other pregnancy books are about your needing eight ounces of protein, four glasses of milk and a bushel of green leafy vegetables every day, just do the best you can and KEEP TALKING TO YOUR DOCTOR. He or she may prescribe vitamin supplements to help carry you through the nauseous period and into the second trimester, when you will be thrilled to eat nearly anything that is placed before you. You may find that a calcium pill is as effective as the glass of milk that makes your eyes water and your throat close down. The bottom line this early in your suspected pregnancy is this: If you feel "green" and you haven't got a temperature, it s time for a pregnancy test.

Sensitivity to Odors

For a lot of women, including myself, the very first sign that they are pregnant is that the world begins to smell strange. Common aromas seem to get more powerful or cloying. My Girlfriend Mindy developed such an aversion to the smell of dairy products when she was pregnant that she couldn't walk into a grocery store or a delicatessen for fear of smelling the cheese and throwing up in the aisle. One morning she saw me pouring cream into my coffee and started making noises like a cat trying to get up a fur ball. Continuing with this cat theme, my Girlfriend Lynn had to beg her husband to take over the job of feeding their cat because the first waft of the "Seafood Surprise" when the can was opened sent her streaking for the sink. By the way, if you do have a cat, and you are, indeed, pregnant, it is time to give your husband the job of changing the cat litter. Ask your doctor for details, but there is some virus that cat poopoo can give to pregnant women, so steer clear of it (like I have to twist your arm, right?).

During my first pregnancy, I was so certain that my bed pillows and comforter were mildewed that I wrapped them in plastic garbage bags and disposed of them. I immediately (and irrationally, according to my husband) replaced the pillows and comforter with brand-new ones, only to discover when I crawled into bed that night that they smelled exactly the same!

Insanity

Another indication that you might be pregnant can be the feeling that you are losing your mind, or at least some vague control of your, emotions. You may feel as though you have a monster case of PMS. This is not something I am proud to share with you, but as your Girlfriend I will: Two different times, the first doctors to suggest to me that I might be pregnant were not gynecologists, but psychiatrists. One time my husband calmly put me in the car and drove me to his therapist right after I tried to knock his head off by throwing a book across the room. (Believe me when I say this behavior was not only uncharacteristic of me, it was absolutely unacceptable to him.) Another time, after I tried to steer the car while my husband was driving (because he wasn't taking the route I had so generously suggested), I ended up on a therapist's couch sobbing that I feared I was going through early menopause because I just didn't feel like myself and my periods had stopped. That menopause turned out to be my baby Jessica, a possibility that I had not even considered.

Even if you are not prone to violent outbursts, you may experience the hormonal irrationality of pregnancy in the form of weepiness or utter lack of humor. My Girlfriend Amy, who is normally the sweetest of southern belles, was so cranky when she was pregnant that she actually became funny. The contrast between her usual tiny-blond demeanor and her general pissed-off state during pregnancy was so great that it was comical, not unlike a toddler swearing.

One of the most important things to consider during this time of emotional whiplash (aside from putting off the cleaning of any handguns) is the probability that you will be completely unaware of your strange behavior. If your husband or friends dare to suggest to you that maybe you aren't yourself these days, you will certainly feel attacked and unfairly judged (and you will begin formulating plans to have them poisoned). As convinced as you may be of your rationality and of everyone else's irrationality, you really are not normal, and you should just accept it and allow for it. In other words, this is not the time to file for divorce, change your job, buy a house or, most important, cut your hair.

No Period

You might think that not getting your period is a pretty reliable indication that there is a bun in your oven, but that was never my first clue. Sure, there are millions of women who have regular twentyeight-day cycles and know exactly when to expect their periods, right down to whether it will be before breakfast or after dinner. I, however, am all over the place. Not only am I irregular, I am usually too distracted by the business of living to have even a vague notion of when my "friend" (don't you just hate that term?) is coming. I have a hard enough time remembering to fill my car with gas, and it comes equipped with a gauge.

The fun part about this absentmindedness is that it can keep your life full of surprises; one day you wake up expecting the same old routine, and instead you discover you are going to have a baby! The troublesome part of this absentmindedness is that when you do confirm that you are pregnant, your doctor will invariably ask you for the date of your last period, and you will have to either lie (as I have always done) or give some lame answer like "I think it was on the morning that the Soap Opera Hunks were on Regis and Kathie Lee. (As if that narrows things down.)

My Girlfriend Mindy had missed two periods before she began to suspect that she might be pregnant. I think that she, like a lot of us, was not particularly upset about missing two weeks of tampons and cramps, so she accepted her lack of periods at face value: A gift from God. One thing, though, that I have learned from experience is that it is helpful to have a vague familiarity with your cycle, because the new home pregnancy tests are so sensitive that you can often know if you are pregnant as early as twelve to fourteen days after the deed. And since it only makes sense that you would want to protect your pregnancy from the earliest possible moment, a positive test result could inspire you to stop smoking or drinking or taking Prozac immediately.

Intuition

The last clue that you might be pregnant that I will discuss here is "intuition." We women are supposedly famous for it, and while it has never happened to me, I have a number of reliable non-New Age Girlfriends who swear they knew they were pregnant the instant it happened. They felt something come over them, like a shudder or an instant awareness that this particular roll in the hay wasn't like all the rest; something momentous had occurred. Scientist (or cynic) that I am, I have asked these women if they have ever felt that mystical sensation and not been pregnant and just never mentioned it to anyone. Of if perhaps the event wasn't heightened by the fact that they knew that they were having sex on day fourteen of their twenty-eightday cycle and they weren't using birth control. (You don't have to be a member of the Psychic Network to know that one out of five times that YOU get sperm to egg you make Baby.) But, no, these Girlfriends insist that they felt different physically and emotionally from that climax onward. And you know what? I believe them, even if I don't understand or relate to any of it.

If you are feeling any of these symptoms, alone or in groups, and if you don't yet know for certain whether you are pregnant, then what in the world are you reading this book for? No, I'm just kidding. You must have a pretty good hunch that a baby is in your future, so you'd best get in touch with a good obstetrician and start taking special care of your baby and yourself right now.

Isn't it scary how devoted you already feel to this pregnancy? Just a few days ago, you were obliviously living your life, unaware of your little passenger. You might not have ever been trying to get pregnant. And now your entire consciousness is devoted to staying pregnant.

Copyright © 1995 by Vicki Iovine

Meet the Author

Vicki Iovine is the mother of four teenage children. Since the success of The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy, she has gone on to write several books in the Girlfriends' Guide series, has lent her expertise in columns for the Los Angeles Times and Child magazine, and has served as a relationships correspondent for Redbook. She has also been a parenting correspondent on the Today show, Oprah, and The View. Vicki lives in Los Angeles with her children and husband, Jimmy Iovine.

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ProudPapa14 More than 1 year ago
My wife added this book to our collective reading material. When I asked her what she thought, she said she quit reading it. My wife is an educated woman with a college degree and a good judge of many things. After seeing the title and reading the books description I was curious why she felt this way. Now that I have read the entire book I understand. Ms. Iovine's choice of vocabulary and sarcasm does not come off as humorous but more like she has a chip on her shoulder. You get the impression that doctors and nurses are incompetent degenerates. It reduces the fathers role into nothing more than an insensitive, incapable neanderthal, whose only positive attributes are during conception. She tries to empower pregnant women with a crude almost paganistic sense of selfishness. The advice given seems to come from Ms. Iovine's own collection of negative experiences. In the book the author advises not to breast feed your child due to how it will make your nipples look. If you choose not to breast feed - that's fine - that's every mother's choice, but for Christ sake do it for some other reason than the fear of your nipple's appearance. This shallow vanity is on every page. Words like "Fat" and "Ugly" are always paired together throughout the book. Ms. Iovine advice is prioritized more by what her friends might think, than the welfare of her unborn child. Parts of this book are flat out dangerous for inexperienced mothers. If you are a pregnant woman looking for an excuse to go on a nine month self indulged power trip, you will enjoy the book. There were a few crumbs of information but nothing you wont read 101 times elsewhere.
painted_devil More than 1 year ago
This book was great! I've read what feels like every pregnancy book known to man, and I really love ones like this and Jenny McCarthy's, because nothing is sugar coated and the added humor is a great touch. I find it amusing how many ladies who have read this are all bent out of shape about this book and the way she talks - she states up front that she is not a doctor so why anyone would read this book and be upset by that is anyone's guess. She writes more about experiences, and not about cold hard medical facts, and there is nothing wrong with that. She offers no medical true advice, just her own opinions. And as far as her opinions on natural birth go... well, those are her opinions and a lot of people share them! I don't agree with them myself, and I was fully capable of reading this book without being bothered by her attitude towards natural birth.

I love the way she talks about how pregnancy isn't about glowing skin and a wonderful 9 months for a lot of women... many of us have a downright miserable first trimester and beyond! And you know what, some of us just don't glow. And that may be a disappointment to some first time moms, but it's the honest truth!

This was a fun companion to any standard medical text. I wouldn't read it solo, since you won't get some important medical facts that you should be getting from something like Great Expectations or Your Pregnancy Week by Week.
ER_RN More than 1 year ago
I bought this during my second pregnancy, and swear I could have written it myself! It is truly what a girlfriend would tell you, had you thought to ask. It is also hilarious and a great break from those serious books. My most recent purchase was for a pregnant colleague and she also has laughed her way through its combination of informative and deadpan prose. Get this for your friends, family or yourself! You will not regret it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a 23 year old pregnant woman, and thought this book was hilarious. A lot of other young reviewers said that young women wouldn't be able to relate, but I really could. She talks about a few things that I just couldn't find in other pregnancy books, and I found it comforting that I wasn't the only person that these things were happening to. Of course not every word in the book is relatable for everyone, but what book is? I thought this book was great for moms-to-be that don't take themselves too seriously.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Funny at times,but not for all types of girlfriends. She constantly bashes anyone unafraid of natural childbirth (as if you would only have a baby without painkillers to prove something) and talks in a very, 'let me tell you how it is, honey' sort of way. Pretty condescending and preachy. I also just didn't identify with a lot of the problems or issues she discussed. Like bonding with your mom (which she preaches you should do) and being afraid of being a bad mom. I am already bonded with my mom and I think I'll be a great mom. And well if my husband were shocked by farting then I don't think he would be my husband. If he would leave me because of my haircolor (as she claims hers would have), then he doesn't even deserve to be my husband. . Sometimes it reminded me of those old time movies where the woman says she has to keep all of her beauty secrets or lose her man. I just can't relate and don't have any pregnant girlfriends who have acted the ways she describes. And I've known a lot of pregnant ladies. Aside from irritating me as only a know-it- all mother can do, there was some good info.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this during my pregnancies, (my kids are 9 & 7). I happened to be on here to buy it for my pregnant cousin and got a glimpse of some of the reviews. I really wonder about some people! This book is humorous and light, and answers all the embarrassing questions! No book, ESPECIALLY about pregnancy, should be taken as the do-all, end-all advice. Everyone is different. Take it as it is, a real-life book about what a lot of women experience. If you're different, do what you feel is right. As I said, I read the book. I also delivered both times in a hospital, but naturally - no spinal or drugs. I excercised as much as I felt comfortable doing, and I breast fed (my nipples are fine). Unbend a little and find the humor in things, you have to to be a parent!
LDW_Cols_GA More than 1 year ago
So many of the books on pregnancy are very serious - can be a little frightening for a first time mom. This book is hilarious, and gives you a great, practical look at the "interesting" parts of being pregnant. I received a copy when I was pregnant, and now make this a standard gift for my friends who are pregnant for the first time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I was looking for pregnancy books, this one kept popping up. There was a reason why--it's good! So glad I got it and read it from cover to cover. It's got a lot of helpful tips and the author really knows her stuff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading some of the standard, medical books for pregnancy (What to Expect and Your Pregnancy Week by Week), this book was exactly what I needed! It was helpful to hear about real women's experiences - the good and bad. I didn't find her preachy like some reviewers said - she is just telling you what decisions she made and why. For example, she really didn't excercise during her pregnancies (oh no in the medical books!). While I am still excercising, it made me feel better to know there are other people out there who can barely make it through a day of work, much less excercise and then cook a well balanced healthy pregnancy meal. That just didn't happen most days during my first trimester and the medical books can make you feel like a failure as a mother before you've even become a mother! She reminds us that this is a fun time, not a nervous-nelly medical condition you should fear! And also, my husband is the most awesome husband and will be a terrific father, but those 'helpful' sidebars in the medical books that say your spouse should be rubbing your feet every night and sharing in every emotional moment with the same gleam in his eye, are just setting most women up for a huge disappointment. This book reminded me that men react differently than women and they are still excited and will be great fathers.
Alisha Bryan More than 1 year ago
loved it. laughed out loud, felt great that im not crazy/alone in these prego symptoms, and learned some things about what to expect. LOVED IT.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this guide. It had a lot of information without bogging down the reader. I also liked the wit and humor. It's a good guide most pregnant woman can relate to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable,informative,funny,refreshingly honest,great first pregnancy book to read.full of all"the good stuff" you need to know about pregnancy...I truellly appreciated to authors honesty.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my second pregnancy because I was so stressed out about my first one that all I could read were books written by MD's. I thought I had a better head this time around and could enjoy a good laugh, which I did when I read this book but that was as good as it gets. There were not many helpful tricks of the trade -- you know, the stuff that wouldn't be covered in those MD books. It didn't offer practical information on pregnancy essentials like don't listen to the sales ladies who tell you to buy a nursing bra in a size larger because your chest will be so much bigger. When you're thinking about nursing bras, you should know that at some point, your bust line plateaus and those puppies are as big as they will get. Anyway, nursing bras are elastic so they naturally offer some additional give!! What i really wanted to know was how to maximize my clothing allowance on maternity clothes without repeating the mistake of so many women before me who threw out their entire maternity wardrobe because they were so ugly and itchy. And basically, that was the advice of the author. Borrow your girlfriend's old maternity clothes and call it a day. No mention of empire waist blouses, maxi dresses, tunics, draw string linen pants, buying men's jeans and getting them hemmed (their jeans offer more room in the waist and thigh areas), etc. There was no creativity for the modern fashionista girlfriend!! In the end, I had a few good chuckles reading this book but for the real meat, you should scout out some clever blogs. Oh, and the medical information contained in the book is borderline dangerous for its inaccuracy (beware first time mommies!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Was easy to read and could relate to much of it without feeling that everything must be taken to heart. Informative but did not find it overwhelming. This is not a rule book. I was looking for a pregnancy book that was not a week by week scientific/medical read. I needed something more reader-friendly. This book delivered! I did not agree with every opinion in the book (I am choosing not to color my hair), nor do I agree with everything in the medical books either sometimes (even science based medical 'facts'/opinions are contradictory depending on source or timeline). Reading that the author's husband was not always joyous during her pregnancies did help me understand that my husband might share some of the same feelings and yes, at times, some ineptitude in dealing with the pregnancy. If you are looking for a week by week medical guide to pregnancy, this is not the book for you. However, if you are looking for a book that reads as though you were listening to a bunch of women sharing their personal experiences and giving you their honest, straightforward opinions and advice, I'd highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a young mother to be, this book was definitely not for me. This book was written by a woman who had her first child at 33, which I am not. She bashes her husband constantly (which isn't very nice or respectful in my opinion) by saying stupid things like when she was pregnant with her fourth child he said 'how could you do this to me.' or her fear of him leaving her if he saw two inches of the grey in her hair if she didn't get it dyed. She is excessively concerned with trivial things that don't matter, and even though she can be funny, all I'm getting is a negative vibe from this book. Actually, it's been making me more neurotic about my pregnancy then I was before. She's also against exercising while pregnant, and personally, because of my age, I am full of energy during my first trimester. If you are a businesswoman in your thirties just having your first child and trying to get it to suit your life, then go for this book. Anyone else, don't bother. It's a waste of reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book got a lot of laughs out of me when talking about what happens to the body during pregnancy, but I was quickly turned off by the author's negative view of the husband's ability to support his wife. She also criticizes the idea of natural childbirth, basically saying that anyone concerned enough about her baby to choose this method is just too stupid to know better. Mildly entertaining, but I'll stick to the books written by doctors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book after going to a baby shower and heard all the women talk about how great it was. I guess my sense of humor is different, but i did not find this book amusing or helpful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I began reading this book at 6 weeks and it scared me to death. It was suppose to be humorous and lighthearted but it only made me worry more that I was going to be fat, ugly , not sexy and sick for not 9 but 10 months. I don't recommend this book for new mothers. I think it might be good if you have already been through a pregnancy and can appreciate the humor but it made me depressed with all the things that will go wrong with you and your body. Some parts were humorous and I tried to remain optimistic but eventually put the book down and decided for my mental health not to read any further.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lighten up people! This book is supposed to be funny and non-medical based. Seriously, I read this when I was thinking about TTC and it helped me realize what I had in store. You won't agree with everything she says, but it's all done in a funny, sarcastic way. I thought it was hysterical. The friends that I've loaned it to loved it. It's a funny read. If you can't laugh at this book, I feel sorry for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was sad, mad and extra nervous about my choice for having midwives and birthing at a birthing inn not a hospital after I read Vicki's chapter that said you should just deliver in the hospital your first go and her one friend who thought she wanted a natural birth wigged out and made her husband take her to the hospital... I did have wonderful midwifes and it was scary but way less painful that I thought and way less painful than the media tells us it should be. If you can get a midwife even if you birth in a hospital they are amazing!!!!!
SALOH More than 1 year ago
After reading all the great reviews of this book, I was expecting more. I thought this book would be a good start to what I need to start learning. It's pretty much just a common sense book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is easy to read, it gets straight to the point about what to expect while your pregnant. I wouldn't have picked a better book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most practical easy to read book on pregancy I've found! Even my husband reads it.Vicky Iovine talks candidly about common issues in pregnany 'some of which are comical to those of us who are able to find humour in the most unlikely situations'.This is a must read especially for first-time mothers.Her advice is not a substitute for medical knowledge but rather complements it with her non-medical jargon. If you want to hear what pregancy is really like for most women, pick this up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My girlfriend sent this to me my first pregnancy and now I give it to everyone as a gift when they are expecting. It provides so much humor to a time in your life when you are tired, sick, and sometimes scared. All the people I've talked to that have read this loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed with this book. Although it offered a few laughs (and I mean FEW), there are better books out there for pregnant women. I was very diappointed with the condescending tone the book took regarding use of midwives and the view she took with regard to natural childbirth. Overall, the book was written by a worry-wart. Pregnant women tend to worry a lot anyway, so why read a book that feeds into those anxieties? Another annoying thing with the book was her argument against exercise during pregnancy. Her reasons were superficial and not based on any medical information. She argues to not bother exercising because the clothes won't look good and doesn't help during labor anyway. Where does she get that information from and who cares what the clothes look like? I have found water aerobics incredibly helpful and my back and hip pain are eased immediately when I get in the pool. Finally, she claims that once your water breaks you cannot take a bath. Where did she get this information? Unless you're doing cannonballs into your bathtub, water doesn't travel upwards and thus would not cause any infections! Overall, she is not a credible source of information and I wouldn't waste my time or money.