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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 2nd edition (January 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141652472X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416524724
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (380 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About 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.

Customer Reviews

I don't get why people say this book "tells it like it is."
Pandme01
Vicki's book is laugh out loud funny and when you have your head in a toilet most of the day, you need a good chuckle.
ccm77
The book was very informative, written in an easy to read way, and hilarious.
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40 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Pandme01 on September 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is ridiculous. There are a few good one-liners but do you really want to waste your money for a couple funny lines? The author is obsessed about her weight (gasp! She got all the way up to a SIZE 10! The world is ending!) and silly things like pedicures and stretch marks. I don't get why people say this book "tells it like it is." Why, because she mentions gas and morning sickness? Or does everyone "capitulate" to their husbands' sexual demands so that he won't run out and have an affair? What planet is this woman living on? Oh, yeah, Planet Playboy Bunny and her Supermodel Friends! I wouldn't want to be friends with any of these people.

The chapter on exercise is downright false, saying don't exercise because you could a. cause a miscarriage and b. you'll get fat anyway. Oh, and you won't look cute in your leotard. I haven't worn a leotard since I took ballet around age 7. (Oh, but if you have a library copy or a used copy, do enjoy the chapter on maternity for it's unintended hilarity. It's so dated and so awful it's actually entertaining.) Anyway, in my first pregnancy exercise was a HUGE lifesaver, improving my back pain, fatigue, heartburn and general attitude. But according to this dimwit, it has no benefits unless you're doing it to get skinny. Again, Vicki, you're not my "girlfriend". You're a vapid moron.

We won't even get into her scorn about midwives and natural choices in childbirth. According to her, breastfeeding and formula feeding are basically the same thing. She has seriously got to be kidding me. There is absolutely nothing evidence-based at all in her book, just a lot of snarky rambling about stuff most of us wouldn't have even thought about. Oh, and Vicki, I was down to my prepreg weight and looking fabulous by 5 months postpartum and I really don;t notice any particular loss of "vaginal tone". Way to scare first-timers.

Bottom line? Avoid.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By MsAtlanta on August 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was reading this book (a gift from a friend) while 5 months pregnant and at the gym on an elliptical trainer. It's not well-written and not my sense of humor so I'd been skipping around and did find some parts informative. I was absolutely floored, however, when I read her reasons to avoid exercise when pregnant. Are you kidding me? No ob/gyn today would recommend this unless health problems exist with mother or baby and/ or a pregnancy is high risk. Totally irresponsible to 1) ignore that study after study shows exercise is, in fact, beneficial and recommended for pregnant and nursing women along with the majority of our obese general population and 2) try to induce guilt about what could happen to your baby if you don't follow her moronic, baseless advice.

I wrapped up 25 minutes on the elliptical and then headed into a Cardio/weight class for an hour, tossing this book in the trash as I went. Never felt better!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Book Chick on January 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was pretty excited to read this book. I thought that it was going to be a nice change from the typical information provided in "What to Expect" and the others. It was certainly different. Some of the information and anecdotes provided were marginally useful, but the majority of the book was more like a rant about pregnancy, and everything that comes along with it. By the time I was finished reading, I expected pregnancy to be a never-ending series of discomforts and irritants, and needless to say, I was not looking forward to it. Well, its been 7 months, and I can thankfully say that Vicki Iovine was wrong about everything thus far. The worst part is, she somehow manages to imply that ONLY the things that happened to her and her friends are normal. If you still have a sex drive, you must be a freak. If you opt for a natural childbirth, you are a moron (this is more than implied several times.) If you like the way your body looks during pregnancy, you are insane. And if you don't gain too much weight, you have something wrong with you.

While I really wanted to know all of the things that doctors don't tell you about pregnancy, I would really have liked to learn these things without the bias in this book. Most of my pregnancy books I saved to pass on to friends, but this one I just tossed. I didn't want anyone else to read this and worry about how awful pregnancy was going to be because of it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. Argudin on February 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
A lot of the review about this book are very hard on the author. From page one she tells you she is not a doctor, and to check with your doctor before you follow any of her "opinions". This book is just written as a long conversation that could take place in any circle of friends. I agree if you live in the Bible belt and have been raised by a holy-high-roller you might find it offensive, you'd also not like this statement but it's true. The information we not complied at Harvard and has not been evaluated by the FDA. This is one person telling what her and her friends think about being pregnant. I am a size 20 pre-pregnancy and baby weight, weather it is all in your head cause you did not gain a pound this week, is hard on you. Im not thinking about a C-section but then again I have not had any children before. Ive known many people who think being pregnant is the best thing on earth till they do it once and then decide that having an only child is not as bad as they once thought. This book is a very easy read that is meant to be taken with a grain of salt and humor. I read the entire thing to my husband and we had many a good laugh and it sparked conversation about many things. Ive enjoyed it and will give it to friends. I am not from Beverly Hills nor do I have tons of money and a running Botox appt. as some assume you must to like this book. I am a Christian teacher from a very small town, USA. Hope that helps and hey 9(10) months are soon over and you will have a whole life time to decide how "you" felt about the whole thing and what to tell your friends.
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