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The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy Paperback – January 9, 2007
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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.
"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.
"People" A laugh-out-loud primer for unseasoned moms-to-be.
"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.
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Bad Stuff: Oh boy does she have body issues!!!! There is barely a topic in the entire book that she doesn't relate back to the fact that you are fat and disgusting when you are pregnant. She herself went from a size four to a ten so she was hardly obese but she will simply not stop harping on how unattractive you are when you are pregnant. She also goes out of her way to let you know that not only she thinks pregnant women are by nature gross to look at but that your husband thinks you look gross. She describes her own husband as only having sex with her when she was bigger out of pity. She does include one brief blurb that some men might like the pregnant body shape and find it a turn on but it is written in a style that leaves no doubt that she finds this to be a rare and laughable quirk that some men might have. If she hasn't already managed to make you feel self conscience about your changing body there is a paragraph about how some men tend to cheat on their wives while they are pregnant if they aren't up for sleeping with their husbands or if their husbands can't stomach sleeping with a pregnant woman. Not just insulting to women but she reveals a very low opinion of men as well. Reducing them to bumbling creatures who are disinterested in their wives apart from a creature to have sex with and to have to put up with if she gets emotional.Read more ›
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!
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 wear 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.
I’d also like to mention that if you're even remotely considering having a natural birth, look elsewhere because she is obviously against the concept: the few natural experiences she cited were not positive, her biggest recommendation is to get an epidural, and throughout the book she constantly sings the praises of all medical professionals—to the point where I’m wondering if she was offered any kind of kick-back on convincing women to schedule cesarean sections.
As someone who has done some actual research, I caution you to reconsider her recommendations for the many unnecessary procedures that have shown to cause more harm than good to women, namely episiotomies and "extra stitches" after birth. If you decide to read this book, definitely heed her one legitimate claim (that she's not a doctor) and be sure to call your mother or a real girlfriend who has gone through childbirth for some support because this book will make you reconsider the whole thing!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
By far the best pregnancy book out there! I was recommended to buy it from a friend and have passed on that advice to all my pregnant friends :)Published 1 month ago by Annie
This book talks about how fat you feel and pretty much just whines. It was by far my least favorite pregnancy book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A Ferrell
It was stupid and not what I was looking for. Very disappointing, don't buy this if you want any important information about your pregnancy.Published 2 months ago by ann marie
Good honest and laughable truth to pregnancy. Great tips and stories!!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Got this for my kindle early on in my pregnancy, and liked it at the beginning because it was funny. Read morePublished 3 months ago by heatherhmt
Hilarious! This book was given to me by a friend and I, in turn, ordered this as a gift to another friend. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tracy
Thoroughly enjoyed this book when I was pregnant, I gift it to all my newly pregnant friends.Published 4 months ago by BklynMom