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The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy: Or everything your doctor won't tell you Paperback – October 1, 1995
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Beginning with the "10 Greatest Lies About Pregnancy" (number 10: Lamaze works), and ending with postpartum dementia, Vicki Iovine's Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy has fast become the laywoman's mouthpiece for the American pregnancy experience. Iovine is irreverent, sassy, and incredibly reassuring as she exposes the "truths" of pregnancy and childbirth, from sex to cellulite to cesareans. Iovine birthed four kids in six years, none of them twins, which certainly qualifies her as an expert. The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy does reveal Iovine's particular cultural biases (pregnant or not, most of us don't have record-producer husbands, hang out with supermodels, or wear size-four pants) and philosophical beliefs (she's not a particularly strong proponent of natural childbirth or nursing), but, taken with a grain or two of salt, she provides many hilarious moments, acres of advice, and honest reassurance readers will find nowhere else. --Ericka Lutz
From Publishers Weekly
For first-time mothers-to-be, this candid, funny and very reassuring guide to pregnancy is just what the doctor ordered?or would if he/she knew about it. Iovine, who has had four babies and who seemingly has girlfriends with many more, believes that women learn the really valuable things about pregnancy from other women. Since too few women in today's mobile society have a close circle of experienced female friends to turn to, Iovine's sharing of her own and her friends' experiences and knowledge fills a genuine need for comforting, straightforward, non-euphemistic woman-talk. Without stepping on any medical toes, and in language that is neither technical nor cutesy, she tackles morning sickness, swollen breasts, exercises, stretch marks, sex during and after pregnancy, delivery and just about everything else, from maternity clothing to bladder behavior. Iovine anticipates every conceivable question, and her responses are warm, wise and witty.
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Do yourself a favour and buy this book, even if you're not having your first child. It will feel like a warm hug from your BFF. I also recommend the Girlfriends' Guide to Toddlers by the same author.
One thing is for sure -- the book is hilarious. Laugh-out-loud funny! That's its biggest advantage.
It's not a medical book, and doesn't pretend to be. Vicki Iovine pulls no punches, which is part of the book's humor, but also what I found very off-putting about the book.
Iovine is just as opinionated as every other mother who wants to dispense advice to wide-eyed mothers-to-be like me, and I found her tone increasingly flippant and abrasive.
Many of her philosophies didn't mesh with mine, either. She devotes several pages to flippant "reasons" (more like excuses) why a pregnant woman shouldn't exercise during pregnancy -- at least, nothing more than brisk walks around the block. She ridicules women who continue with aerobics and weight training through pregnancy, assuming that they all must be impossibly perfect Superwomen, and that if any one of them ever lost a pregnancy, they'd drive themselves crazy wondering if their exercising had anything to do with it. Nice attitude.
She also advocates the occasional alcoholic drink during pregnancy. Granted, I don't think one glass of wine is going to result in fetal alcohol syndrome, but I'd be more worried about that occasional drink doing some harm to my fetus, than I would about 15 reps of bicep curls with a 10-pound dumbbell.
Her musings about how pregnancy ruins your body forever were funny, but suddenly I found myself crying amid my laughter. This book scared the hell out of me. I detect some bitterness in Iovine, despite that great sense of humor. If you're particularly sensitive, or planning a super-healthy, remotely natural/organic pregnancy, this book is not for you.