- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Citadel Press (April 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806531169
- ISBN-13: 978-0806531168
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,174,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pregnant Pause Paperback – April 1, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
And this book isn't just for single gals. I have been married for 8 years. The first 7 of which I was sans child. My husband and I married young and wanted to wait to be financially stable and on a clear career path before starting a family...so we know, first hand, the pain and anguish and irritation that Ms. Friedman details in her book. A must read for new parents, too! As you don't want to even slightly resemble the obnoxious parents she beautifully mocks.
"Pregnant Pause" is a fun read. Truthful, hilarious and sweet. I bought a bunch as baby shower favors. They were a hit!
I read the book in a day, because it was manna for my soul. Finally, someone understood.
Carrie wrote this book from a very personal perspective, explaining that she did want kids.....eventually. She talks about the fear of parenthood, the fear of how it will change her life as a woman, and the fear that she will become like those total whackado moms out there. You know the ones.
She also raises interesting, and valid points, about questionable parenting techniques that have become pop cultural norms, and offers explanations for why women push their maternal views on other members of their gender.
The thing I loved best is that Carrie gave a voice to thousands of women, probably hundreds of thousands. She made me feel normal, like there is absolutely nothing wrong with waiting to have a baby. It is not selfish, it is not abnormal, it is just the best decision for me.
Thank you, Carrie, for making me feel at home in my identity as a married woman, something I was struggling with. I have recommended that my husband read this as well, since it could have so easily been written by me, to allow him to better understand why I get so frustrated with the cultural baby craze on my behalf.
As a personal note, I did still write my blog on the same topic, and if interested, you can find it here. It is not nearly as brilliant as Carrie's book, but read it, and if you feel the same way, go buy Carrie's book, and spread the word.
+ 2 for the attempt to tackle this sticky subject.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book! As a 29 year old woman with every single one of her friends having babies or is pregnant with babies, I was feeling extremely alienated and like maybe I wasn't... Read morePublished on May 9, 2011 by JennyPants
Carrie Friedman writes in an engaging, conversational manner in Pregnant Pause: My Journey Through Obnoxious Questions, Baby Lust, Meddling Relatives and Prepartum Depression. Read morePublished on December 27, 2009 by bookworm
This book made me laugh out loud several times, it's exceptionally funny, and I recognize several of my friends in her characters. Read morePublished on September 29, 2009 by K. Hohman
I haven't finished this book yet, but it so funny I've laughed out loud several times. I am trying to convince my husband to read this, but he is so squeemish about babies he... Read morePublished on August 10, 2009 by E. Dooley
I first read Ms. Friedman's article in Newsweek, and was elated to see that a book spawned from it! She addresses the modern day woman dilemma of past generation pressures to... Read morePublished on June 23, 2009 by Katie Krentz
After reading this book, I feel like I know the author and consider her a lifelong friend! She's so honest and vulnerable in her quest to determine whether she truly wants to have... Read morePublished on June 22, 2009 by J. Shaklan
This brilliantly titled book is a refreshing, funny and sincere look at the most natural thing - procreation, in modern times. Read morePublished on June 20, 2009 by B. Redick
As a 29YO Registered Nurse who works in the Nursery/NICU, oddly enough I have never wanted children of my own. The little ones I take care of are enough for me. Read morePublished on June 9, 2009 by Baby Nurse K