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Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth Paperback – December 13, 2005
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"One of the most honest, funny accounts I've read of pregnancy to date."―Always Aubrey
"Jam packed with side splitting stories...The cool part about the book is that it doesn't really matter if you have 1 kid or 10 or if you're a guy or a girl. McCarthy's book has a little something for everyone...Graphic yet hysterical stories...A fun quick read that both you and your significant other can enjoy."
"A book for the expectant mother who needs a few moments of frivolity."
―Hudson Valley News
"A no-holds-barred account...Ideal for anyone who is pregnant, plans to become pregnant or has ever been pregnant."
―Los Angeles Family
"Brutally honest and funny in a way the other pregnancy books wouldn't dare."
"Frank and humorous."
"Prepare yourself for more than a few laugh-out-loud moments when Jenny serves up the insights you rarely read about."
"This girl is funny...If you need a good laugh, then pick this one up."
―Times Herald Record
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Jenny McCarthy is an ex-Playboy model and actress. She has an earthy, self-deprecating sense of humor. She described her pregnancy as it really was and she could be quite funny. My wife and I could easily recognize ourselves in her naratives. About the only differences were in matters of degree. For example, my wife hasn't experienced the headaches described by Jenny, but has had much more serious problems with "Charley Horses" in the legs and feet. Otherwise, our experiences follow Jenny's fairly closely. I'd say her experiences were a little more pronounced than ours. I doubt that she was in as good shape as my wife or took as good care of herself. Her husband came across as an insensitive clod here and there. On the other hand, she may have exaggerated some things slightly for the sake of humor, and she can be very funny.
The book is very informal, down-to-earth, funny and a quick read. Most chapters take no more than 5 or 10 minutes. It's not a serious treatise, but would provide good comic relief for any couple going through a pregnancy. The book is very informally written. Some like it as such and some don't. I have no way of knowing, but I have doubts that Ms McCarthy actually sat down and wrote the book. It reads as if it was dictated and recorded, and then typed up with only minimal editorial reworking. That's OK by me. It's an easy and fun book to read and I'd recommend it as light reading for any couple. Some people might find parts of the book offensive; My advice to them would be to lighten up a little. If you want heavier, much more serious reading, the Curtis/Schuler book is one of many that might work well.