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About the Author

Joanne Kimes is the creator of the bestselling Sucks series. A former writer for a number of children's and comedy television shows, she has appeared on The Today Show and her books have been covered in countless media outlets. Joanne, her husband, and their daughter live in Los Angeles, California.

Leslie Young, MD has been practicing pediatrics for more than a decade. He graduated from medical school with top honors and trained at UCLA Medical Center. He is currently working at Kaiser Permanente in Southern California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media; Second Edition edition (September 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144052677X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440526770
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I never planned on being an author. When I was pregnant, I was amazed that there wasn't a book out there that warned women how difficult the path to procreation could be. So I wrote one myself, sent it out to a handful of publishers and was lucky enough to get it published! It became a hit and led to this series of Sucks books that help readers get through some of the sucky sides of life. So far, twelve books and counting! Not only is it rewarding to write books, but it allows me to be a stay-at-home mom which is the most rewarding, albeit sometimes suckiest, job of all.

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By D. Movahedpour on February 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
Author Joanne Kimes is not afraid to be blunt, and she has a sardonic wit that makes you realize that, yes, pregnancy can suck, but you will still be smiling. It seems that most women possess a convenient amnesia about their pregnancies. You will seldom get a straight answer about the discomfort of pregnancy from a woman who has a child over the age of two. The pregnancy has been forgotten by then, replaced by the child and its ensuing responsibilities. Little things like morning sickness, cramps, and constipation are left behind. But, when a woman is pregnant, and everyone is implying that she shouldn't be feeling as bad as she does, it tends to make a woman feel like she's over-reacting.
Well, Joanne Kimes doesn't think you're over-reacting. She shares the bad and the good of pregnancy, and lets you know it's perfectly alright to be uncomfortable, sick, and grumpy while pregnant. The joys will eventually outweigh the negative aspects, but you are given permission to complain. And, with the tongue-in-cheek wit of her writing, it's a true joy to read. I felt so much better after reading this book, because it's fine if your pregnancy sucks. We are not bad mothers or bad women, we're just facing the facts! I highly recommend this book to all pregnant women.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By yuliagm on September 22, 2004
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This book is just what a miserable, exhausted pregnant woman needs. It's tone is humorous. The author presents facts in a light manner, all the time using herself and others as an example. She is not afraid to poke fun at herself, and that gives the book the right mood right away.

As a pregnant woman going through horrible morning sickness, I was so tired of hearing stories of all the women who feel fine and happy, work like nothing is wrong, while I can't take a hike away from a toilet -- I was so relieved to read that there are others who feel the same way and want to complain! Plus the humorous tone made me laugh at my own misery, and thus make me feel better. For example, it is rather tough to smell everything miles around (which makes you wanna throw up), but when you put it in the context of "my superhero nose" -- it gives you a whole new perspective.

I find that the book covers all the basics. It has a month by month sections discussing what you are probably experiencing at the time. It talks about emotional and physical changes a woman undergoes. It is cowritten with an obstetrician, so the scientific facts are on target.

However, this book is not a specific medical guide. It's more of a sympathizer book, sort of like: here are difficult things that happen to you, happened to me too, happens to other women, life is unfair, let us all collectively complain and we'll make it through.

If there are any gaps in information, don't worry. As any pregnant woman, you are probably also a "pregnancy junkie", reading tons of books, internet info, talking to people etc. The information you'll find in many places, but a better sympasizer -- not likely...
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
I work with a bunch of women who swear they loved being pregnant, and it made me feel like there must be something fundamentally wrong with me as a woman. This book, while not as comprehensive as the Girlfriend's Guide, is helpful for those women who despite wanting the baby, wish they could just find it under a cabbage leaf.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jaimee on August 15, 2006
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If you've been having a difficult time with your pregnancy like I have, you will enjoy this book. After months of nausea and more aches and pains to look forward to, Joanne Kimes gave me a good laugh and made me feel less alone. I don't know about you, but I'm tired of everyone asking me, "Aren't you just so excited?!" I smile meekly while holding in a gag and let them know that yes, I'm very excited. Truthfully I'm miserable. This book reminds you that it's okay to feel less than excited about dry heaving every day.

With a refreshing sense of humor, Kimes mixes personal stories with quotes from fellow mothers and helpful suggestions for common ailments. While Kimes does portray her bias toward hospital births, epidurals, and episiotomies, I didn't find it as distracting as Vicki Iovine's biases in The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy. So, if you need a laugh and some comfort pick this one up along with Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy and The Morning Sickness Companion by Elizabeth Kaledin.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 6, 2004
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The most hilarious book I've read since Bridget Jones' Diary! A must read if you are pregnant, have been, plan to be, know someone who is or just feel like a good read! It was witty, honest, informative & all around good fun. I could relate to so many feelings, anecdotes, scenarios, etc. that the author shared. I've already sent it to three of my pregnant friends! I was so delighted to find a book that was helpful, yet not dry & clinical, as so many pregnancy books are out there. Do yourself a favor & read Pregnancy Sucks! You'll definitely not be disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Kasper on June 22, 2006
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I am currently in my sixth month and had been feeling quite sorry for myself because I have not enjoyed being pregnant, and was starting to feel like a mutant because everyone kept telling me to enjoy it. "Think of all the women who'd love to be in your shoes but can't be for whatever reason." Riiiight. Joanne Kimes has written a book that I literally was giggling like crazy over for the entire thing. It describes EXACTLY how I've felt the whole time. I read this book in an afternoon/evening. It's a quick read, and you could skip around and just read whichever part you want/need, but I thoroughly enjoyed the entire thing.
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