Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth

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Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth [Paperback]

Jenny McCarthy
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December 13, 2005
Oh, the joys of pregnancy! There's the gassiness, constipation, queasiness, and exhaustion, the forgetfulness, crankiness, and the constant worry. Of course, no woman is spared the discomforts and humiliations of pregnancy, but most are too polite to complain or too embarrassed to talk about them. Not Jenny McCarthy! In the New York Times best-selling Belly Laughs, actress and new mother Jenny McCarthy reveals the naked truth about the tremendous joys, the excruciating pains, and the unseemly disfigurement that go along with pregnancy. Never shy, frequently crude, and always laugh-out-loud funny, McCarthy covers it all in the grittiest of girlfriend detail. From morning sickness and hormonal rage, to hemorrhoids, pregnant sex, and the torture and sweet relief that is delivery, Belly Laughs is must-read comic relief for anyone who is pregnant, who has ever been pregnant, is trying to get pregnant, or, indeed, has ever been born!

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Bella Online
“One of the most candid, refreshing and funny books on pregnancy that I have ever read. I laughed so hard at times that I had tears rolling down my cheeks…Humorous and candid.”

About the Author

Jenny McCarthy is the former host of the enormously popular MTV dating show Singled Out. She has starred in many films, including Dirty Love, the Sundance 2005 film that she also wrote. She is the mother of four year-old Evan and lives in Los Angeles.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; New Ed edition (December 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738210072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738210070
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,266 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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77 of 87 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's ok to think about yourself when pregnant! April 10, 2006
So, for the most part the reviews are either 'OMG, this book is so funny' or 'OMG this book is so offensive!'

It's funny, no questioning that. It's crude, no questioning that either. If you find the "F" word offensive, don't buy it. If you find referring to your privates in "crude" language offensive, don't buy it. For those of us who have conquered the world of adult language and realize that words are just words there are no real problems.

Don't buy this book if you are looking to be educated about pregnancy. It's entitled "Belly Laughs". These are Jenny's anecdotal stories that we all ge to laugh about.

If you are one of those people who is horrified if you hear a pregnant woman call herself fat, say she isn't going to breastfeed or is more concerned with her own image than this "perfect beautifu life inside her" don't buy. For those of us who have actually been through pregnancy without sugar coating it, some days you do feel fat, sometimes you DO want to have sex without jr. kicking you and every once in a while we want to think more about ourselves than being pregnant. It's good that there is a book in the mainstream that validates that feeling instead of saying "all you should think about is this life inside you". Sometimes us pregnant girls want to think about our OWN lives.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It made me pee a little April 2, 2014
By Stef
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This book was exactly what I needed after reading "What To Expect When Expecting." My anxiety was through the roof and I was for sure having a three headed baby. This made me come back to earth and realize women have been doing this from the start and its going to be messy. But, so is life. Cheers to making me laugh and at some points pee a little.
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120 of 163 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is hilarious!!!! April 6, 2005
I'm not expecting, but one of my best friends is expecting her first child. My coworker brought this book into work, and she said we had to read this book. I had tears running down my face. This book is a quick read and you can finish it easy in 1 - 2 days. This book takes a light hearted look at pregnancy. Pregnancy is a beautiful experience, but it was fun to read her frank and funny views on gas, the belly expanding, and the all so quiet topic of pooping on the delivery table. There were so many moments when I laughed out loud and had to look around to make sure no one was looking at me all strange.

Some of her other funny stories includes; craving mustard, when she hated mustard. Jenny liking mumus because nothing else fit. Jenny having strange dreams while pregnant. Dealing with hemorrhoids, weighing her breast. Her trying to keep her boobs from hanging off the sides of the mattress due to their size. Surrender to the maternity bra. A pregnant woman's fart can truly bring a man to his knees. I had to find tissue after reading that line. I had so many laughing tears running down my face. The different changes the body go through. Crying for no reason due to hormonal changes, and pregnancy stupids. Skin changes, pregnant head, bad headaches and wanting to saw the head off. Premature labor. Hating skinny women. How she panicked when the epidural wore off and her concerns was still "Am I pooping on the table." Don't make a pregnant woman want to pee.

This book is not meant to be a pregnancy guide, it's meant to take a light hearted comical look at going through the pregnancy experience. I mean the book is after all called Belly Laughs. If you are expecting this book to have some new insight on pregnancy then you will be mistaken.
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing! December 1, 2004
By Carly
I thought this book was truely hilarious, and like many others read it in one sitting.

This book is the antithesis to the matronly and patronising "What to Expect" books. The purpose of this book was not to be educational in this style (she doesn't pretend to be a medical professional) but to be frank about the things most of us are reluctant to discuss.

I for one am so sick of celebrities giving interviews about how wonderful, miraculous and perfect their pregnancies and births are (not to mention the hallmark-card motherhood sentiments). Sure, we all can appreciate just how wonderful the whole process is, but this is written about ad nauseum. It makes us 'real mothers' feel ashamed about our less-than-perfect experiences and feelings. Its time pregnancy/birth/motherhood was represented more realistically in the media.

I think for too long it has been 'taboo' for mothers to complain at all, or admit that things are not always wonderful (perhaps this is contributing to the worrying rates of PND?) I see this open and honest book as a step in the right direction for demystifying the whole process. It tells you the things other books either don't or gloss over, and I applaud her for her courage.

Can't wait to see what she comes up with for the second installment..I hope she is able to be open and honest about more than just her bodily functions but also the mixed feelings that sometimes go along with motherhood.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time. June 27, 2011
By Ellie
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This book was not funny at all, and not worth the 45 minutes it took to read it. Just dont bother with it. The content feels scattered, put together in random chuncks that dont really mesh together, and its so negative! Its like she decided to sit down every day and write three paragraphs about something she hated in her pregnancy, then throw in a foul or two word to make it "funny". I wasnt even slightly ammused... Im not sure why they even would think it would be funny? Its crass and negative. And not even crass and negative enough to be really "nasty"! Each chapter is super short, divided by about a bunch of blank space in between. You can read this book in one stint at your doctors waiting room.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars My wife seems to enjoy listening to this
My wife seems to enjoy listening to this, but Jenny is a bit nutty from the little I heard. I'm glad my wife doesn't act like her.
Published 1 day ago by switlikbob
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Extremely funny and very true!
Published 1 day ago by Tara
5.0 out of 5 stars Every pregnant woman should read this
I LOVE this book! I have purchased this for several friends when they got pregnant and now it's my turn! I laughed so hard I started crying. It was wonderful.
Published 11 days ago by Sandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my daughter loved it when she was pregnant great gift
Published 13 days ago by Marlyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it. Hilarious!
Published 15 days ago by Karlie B
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Gave you a different perspective on pregnancy, than the medical ones. I laughed a lot. Great read!
Published 21 days ago by Krysten
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!
Loved it! The whole, no holding back, flat out truth!! I laughed so hard!! An absolute MUST read for moms to be!
Published 22 days ago by Jennifer Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Laughs!
I love it! Very informative and hilarious! It helps guide you and let you know you aren't alone. I was so happy with this read I even encouraged my husband to read it. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Vanessa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very funny!!
Published 22 days ago by Rhonda L. Comstock
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for mommy-to-be!
I read this book while I was pregnant with my daughter and loved how true and funny this book was. A great read for any mommy-to-be!
Published 24 days ago by Danielle
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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.


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