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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (April 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452287197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452287198
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hilarious... [Jenny] takes a no-holds-barred look at the joys, challenges, and humiliations of the first year of motherhood. -- Time Out New York

About the Author

Jenny McCarthy is the New York Times bestselling author of Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth and Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood. She was made a co-host of  ABS's The View in 2013.


More About the Author

Jenny McCarthy is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Belly Laughs, Baby Laughs, and Louder Than Words, among others. The former host of MTV's hugely popular dating show Singled Out, McCarthy began her career as a Playboy model, before launching a high-profile comedic television and film career. She has been featured everywhere, from Time magazine to the cover of Rolling Stone; has appeared on virtually every television talk show, from Larry King Live to Howard Stern; and is a frequent guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She has also served as a spokesperson for Weight Watchers.

In addition to her work in the world of healing and preventing autism, she is the co-creator, with practicing speech/language pathologist Sarah Clifford Scheflen, of Teach2Talk, a series of DVDs for children.

Born in Chicago, McCarthy currently resides in Los Angeles, California, with her son, Evan. You can follow her on Twitter @JennyMcCarthy.

Customer Reviews

This is a laugh out loud book.
viewer from NJ
Just reading her books made my day to relate to the things she went through just like the rest of us do (maybe not as funny as her story, but all the same!!)
mom of 2
I read her first book Belly Laughs when I was pregnent and I absolutely loved it.
Eve

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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful By M. Lima on May 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is my first ever book review, but I felt that a lot of people were missing the mark on this book. If you are reading this book for great literature or for sound medical advice, you have got to be kidding me! They make plenty of medical books and offer too many classes (and I took many of them) on the subject. If you are reading this book because you only have five minutes a day to spend on yourself, then you are in for a treat. This sometimes irreverent and crass, but always funny and honest, book is a super fast read and is broken up in quick to read sections. So what if it has "incorrect" medical advice, that is not the point of the book. She is dead on when it comes to your view of your body, sex after baby, irrational mommy fears, cutting baby's nails, doctor visits, competitive moms (you know we are all one), stroller envy (you know you have had it), following your instincts (when in doubt, call the doctor), taking time for yourself, and so much more! Since the whole book deals with the fears that ALL new mommies have, it is an important book for new moms to read. It deals with all these crazy feelings with humor and lets you know that you are not the only one dealing with them. Jenny McCarthy said almost everything I would ever put in a book about the first few months of baby's life. Thanks for the laughs!
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By R. Noll on June 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Let me begin by saying that I loved Jenny's first book, "Belly Laughs". As a pregnant woman, I appreciated being able to laugh at some of the not-so-pretty things about carrying a child. So, I looked forward to reading her follow-up and I was not disappointed. I was laughing out loud just by reading her table of contents. In fact, I had only gotten to the 3rd chapter, and I was already calling my sister to read her parts of the book. I had also read the entire book the same day I received it.

Jenny discusses the fears that we all have in that first year (first #2, sex again, body image). In one instance, you are throwing your head back laughing, and the next, tearing up over a touching statement (mine was when she talks about moving to the back seat to be with her son right before they leave the hospital - - I totally did that as well).

To the people who are saying that she is giving incorrect information, or glossing over things, you need to remember who wrote the book. I think she did a very good job giving snip-its of info on things that she did not experience herself. It was nice to read about two sides of a story (stay at home vs. working mom) and not feeling bad for wanting to be either one of them.

Thank you Jenny for relaying hilarious information about raising a child. As my first-born son grows, (5 months) I am discovering every day that motherhood is truly the "best piece of heaven on earth."
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By KMC on March 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I was nine months pregnant...irritable, grumbling, waiting for my husband at a local mall to meet me for dinner. I wandered my expanded butt into the bookstore and bought this book, which I had been meaning to buy after reading both 'Belly Laughs' and Jenny's auto-biography 'Jen-X'.

Let me tell you, when my husband is late and I am nine months pregnant...it's just UGLY. Jenny, my husband would like to thank you for saving his life that day. See, he was two hours late...but I didn't care. I sat my butt down in a comfy mall chair and started reading.

I was laughing so loud that people were walking by me shaking their heads. A sweet little old lady sat down next to me and said, "What are you reading dear?"

How could I tell her I was laughing about baby poop, circumcisions, hemorrhoids, and cottage cheese butt? I told her I was reading a very funny book on being a new mom. She said she was glad there were books out there that made it funny and that they didn't have anything like it in her day.

It wasn't as good as 'Baby Laughs' but still a great read. Jenny tackles all the grudging aspects of new-mom hell with her usual crudely funny sense of humor that we love her for. My personal favorite section is the one where she's trying to remember the lyrics to old lullabies to sing to her child. I found myself doing the same thing with my own son...I even went as far as throwing in whatever lyrics seemed to rhyme. Since I have no idea what comes after "Momma's gonna buy you a mockingbird", my poor child is becoming a connoisseur of Motown instead. I was so glad to hear I wasn't the only one who sounded ridiculous trying to sing a beautiful lullaby to their child.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Raggedy on July 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I read both of McCarthy's books (Belly Laughs and Baby Laughs). While her course and brutally descriptive language may be offensive to some, there are some true pearls in her humor. The book is not meant to be an intellectual journey or provide reference, but is wonderful prose for moms just wanting some validation. I laughed out loud at both books and provided you like McCarthy's style, you can't help it. She describes the selfless sacrifice that a mother gives for her child in the voice of the class clown without cheapening the underlying sentiment. She is seriously funny. I would buy as a shower gift (for my "Non-stick-in-the-mud" friends). A perfect lighthearted read for stressed,sleep-deprived moms or moms-to-be.
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