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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 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.
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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 (1,420 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Amy Bischoff on April 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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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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It's okay. This is one of those books that everyone gets excited about when they're pregnant because it's exclusive: You're pregnant, so you can relate... You're part of the club. Except even though that's the whole point of the book, I really couldn't relate. And honestly, it wasn't that good. The writing is poor, and no, I'm not talking about her crassness; I knew what I was getting myself into and looked forward to the humor. But it wasn't there for me. It's kind of like reading Jenny McCarthy's pregnancy diary and all I could think of was how nothing applied to me, because it's written in a style that assumes it should. One or two things made me smile here and there, but for the most part I felt like I was trying to rush through it just to get it over with. I only scanned over the last few "chapters", which are only a couple pages each. So if you're looking for a good read in your pregnancy, I honestly don't think this is it, considering I'm an avid reader and couldn't even force myself to finish it. I've read better material that aims to make light of pregnancy woes and this book falls way short of that. Just my opinion.
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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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First off, soudns like many of the peopel who read this book are not readers, and loved it. I AM a reader, and I read every book out there, and this is THE ONLY ONE I truly enjoyed! It is the only one that is not some fluffy, whiny, vain book about things only a girlfreind will tell you (Girlfreinds Guide) nor is it something written by an RN with years of Lamaze teaching behind her belt that is just there to list teh facts. Jenny is real. She gained 60 pounds, she was unhappy about her 36D+ boobs (something many of teh other books view as a bonus---absurd!) and she spends a lot of time on teh couch watching A Baby STory. My baby is 6 months old, and I still found this fabulous and informative. I actually laughed like an imbecile while flying home last night. It took evrything in my power not to reccommend teh bok to everyone around me! BY THIS BOOK FOR EVERY FEMALE YOU KNOW!!!!
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