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
"Your Girlfriends, of course -- at least, the ones who've been through the exhilaration and exhaustion, the agony and ecstasy of pregnancy. Four-time delivery room veteran Vicki Iovine, "the Carrie Bradshaw of pregnancy" (Wall Street Journal), talks to you the way only a best friend can -- in the book that will go the whole nine months for every mother-to-be. Now, in this newly revised and updated edition, get the lowdown on all those little things that are too strange or embarrassing to ask, practical tips, and hilarious takes on everything pregnant. What Really Happens to Your Body -- from morning sickness and gas to eating everything in sight -- and what it's like to go from being a babe to having one. The Many Moods of Pregnancy -- why you're so irritable/distracted/ tired/light-headed (or at least more than usual). Plus, the latest scoop on . . . Staying Stylish -- You may be pregnant, but you can still be the fashionista you've always been (or at least you don't have to look like a walking beach ball) -- wearing the hippest designers and proudly showing off your bump. Pregnancy Is Down to a Science -- from in vitro fertilization to scheduled C-section, the latest technology provides so many options, alternatives, and tests, it can all be downright confusing. . . . and much more! For a reassuring voice or just a few good belly laughs, turn to this straight-talking guide on what to really expect when you're expecting."
A roller coaster of laughs This book was a fantastic read. Not only did it cover many of my questions and concerns about what to expect or why I was feeling certain ways it answered many of my husbands unasked questions about his now pregnant wife. I would recommend this book to any woman pregnant for the first time and will be buying it for friends as they start having kids....more info
Best book I read when I was pregnant This was given to me as a gift during my pregnancy, and is now the number one thing I recommend to pregnant women! It was informative AND made me laugh out-loud. I also bought "What to Expect..." but I don't like the question-answer format as well as the chapter segments in "Girlfriend's Guide." Great, great book....more info
The good, Bad and the BABY With this book you either love it (as I did) or you hate it. There really is no middle ground at all. I bought this book while pregnant with my first child, because honestly, I was sick of reading materials that all related to the blessing growning inside of me to the size of *insert odd food item that you never eat* here. This book completely lightened the mood. It talks about things that you don't generally want to talk about (a woman's *ahem* taste) or things that you're just too embarrassed to ask your real life girlfriends (No - my belly button never did go back to it's original shape, even though I'm #45 LIGHTER then when i got pregnant with #1!)
Now that I'm actively TTC #2 - I'm looking forward to digging this book out of the forgotten baby stuff and revisting the light-hearted, humorous approach that Ms. Irvine takes on pregnancy. I know that a lot of people swear that she hated being pregnant - but honestly, after years of trying and finally conceiving - if she hated it, she wouldn't have done it 5 TIMES!
I will warn, this book isn't for those that are expecting a no-problem, "pregnancy is only me - but better" 9 months of life. It will kill your jaded thoughts in the first page. But for those of us that love humor, sarcasam and the real-life accounts - I definately reccomend it! ...more info
Loved this book!!! This is a great book, and a I disagree with the reviews that claim you have to live in Malibu and have actress friends to like this book. I live in a small town, and everyone I know loved this book. I read this book during my first pregnancy 11 years ago and it made me laugh and feel better, I read it during my second pregnancy 3 years ago, and I am now on my third pregnancy and I am reading it again. This is a great book for anyone who is down to earth and not afraid to laugh at yourself. Yes the fashion tips our a little outdate, but you should be able to get some humor out of what the fashion was 15 years ago. If you are looking for fashion advice I suggest picking up a current Pregnancy Magazine....more info
Need humor? If you need a little humor with this pregnancy...then buy this book. It talks about all the things that no body else talks about. At least not in public. I loved it so much I have passed it on to another first time expecting mother....more info
What to Expect When You're Shallow and Immature I picked up this book hoping for some frank, no-nonsense advice on pregnancy, since many of the books for pregnant women are condescending or mince words. Much to my disappointment, this book was far more of an insult to my intelligence than any I've run across before or since. The chapter on exercise started from the assumption that the only reason non-pregnant women exercise is to get thin, so you should "let go of your body image issues" and "give yourself a break" during pregnancy. Then of course, she goes on to grouse about all her terrible symptoms, most of which (swollen ankles, hemrrhoids, spider veins, etc.) are proven to be lessened by exercise. Nearly the entire focus of this book was on looks and clothes, and she even dismisses home birth because "why in the world would you want to sacrifice your beautiful sheets?" This book is the intellectual equivalent of "Sex in the City."
Then again, it shouldn't be surprising that Iovine takes no responsibility for her own pregnancy, considering that she also insists that women "go for the traditional hospital birth with a godlike medical doctor," saying "remember, we are creatures of popular culture; we revere doctors as if they were the heroes and heroines we grew up watching on TV." For me, that sums up this book. If you want the advice of a woman who gets most of her information from television sitcoms, this is the book for you....more info
LOVED IT! This book is a must for all first time pregnant girlfriends! It is hilarious and a great opportunity for the Mom and Dad to read and learn together. It was a really fun way to share with my husband about the whole body and mind experiences that went along with being pregnant. For example when she explained bodily function happenings, my hubby could then understand that all pregnant women went through these things and I wasn't just his crazy pregnant wife!
Anyway, if you've read the book, my kids are pre-teens but I still use a "Phil"!!!!...more info
Not a serious book for those who are pregnant This book is horrific and really not helpful to any woman is a serious thinker. Read anything by Ina Mae Gaskin or Dr. Marsden Wagner. This woman's whole philosophy is "Be a good pregnant woman and do what your doctor tells you." She also encourages C-Sections!!! Smart women deserve better and smart women will do the research and know that epidurals, though relatively safe in and of themselves, are part of the cascade of events that lead to unnecessary surgery. Women deserve better. Don't read it....more info
You gotta' get this one! As a mother of three, and a childbirth educator, I can't tell you how important it is to be able to laugh during pregnancy. After all, the process of pregnancy really gives us a run for our money! I read the book during my first two pregnancies...reminding myself I was not alone as each month, and accompanying symptoms challenged my sense of comfort and self.
My husband and I still laugh to this day, when we recall our introduction to the concept of "The Titty Fairy"! Boy, does Iovine know how to call it like it is......more info
Worse than useless... Ugh! Where do I even begin with this masterpiece of misinformation and bad advice?! Her misguided intentions leave new impressionable moms with such a bleak outlook on pregnancy and child rearing in general, I'm shocked that Iovine managed to birth and raise 4 children and lived to tell about it.
She makes countless disclaimers and warnings throughout the book regarding her advice as "what your doctor won't tell you" and that "she's no medical expert", however this does not prevent Iovine speaking with gross authority on subjects such as exercise, diet, and labor, none of which it sounds like she knows ANYTHING about, 4 kids or not.
However, when you take into consideration her opinion and views of labor and birth: "The epidural can't come fast enough" and her ringing endorsements for scheduled c-sections, it's no wonder she doesn't encourage mothers to exercise and eat properly. A healthy and balanced diet (little to no refined sugars and carbs, plenty of veggies, fiber, protein, etc.) and light to moderate exercise (long walks, swimming, pre-natal yoga) are key to having a successful and positive birthing experience, not to mention help eradicating all the symptoms that Iovine pegs as inevitable, such as, constipation, hemorrhoids, excessive weight gain, swelling and fatigue.
I also found her attitude to be just as harmful as her advice. She doesn't teach newly pregnant women to embrace this time in their life. I will be the FIRST to admit that it's pretty impossible to embrace things like morning sickness and heartburn, but "The Girlfriend's Guide..." reads like a grocery list of things to be unthankful for and how inevitably miserable your life is about to become. Not to mention her reasoning for not having natural childbirth is that you don't get special recognition for doing it with drugs or naturally, so why bother. Motherhood is not about receiving any sort of "special recognition", in fact the essence of motherhood is accepting that life isn't about YOU anymore; it's about this wonderful and amazing little creature growing inside of you.
Bottom Line: The author is being paid to give pregnant women bad advice and I find that unconscionable....more info
Helpful, but not really my kind of girlfriend... I found the tone of this book to be a bit too "freak out" for my tastes. She uses exaggeration for comic effect, but in this case, when you're going into pregnancy for the first time, not knowing what to expect, it is hard to separate exaggeration from reality. For example, the weight gain. I was seeing myself becoming the stay-puffed marshmallow woman after reading this book-- not just during pregnancy but afterwards too. Maybe the idea is that if you can make peace with that, you will be okay for whatever happens... But she's the same way about sagging this and gaping that... Anyway, if you want a real in-your-face "you'll never be the same again" perspective to prepare you for anything, this book will give it to you.
I am giving this book 3 stars because she did help me through the first trimester cramping-- I was worried that they meant the pregnancy was going to end until I read her book (she makes a point of saying not to worry about those, as she had worried about them a lot). She also gives a good discussion of her genetic testing experiences/choices....more info
fantastic book! I love every word of this book, every piece of inaccurate advice, every personal opinion stated as absolute fact, I love it all. This book, as Vicki clearly states, is not written by a doctor and if you want a book which objectively gives you lots of solid information then buy a different book! She's not telling you what to do, she's telling you what she and her friends did and experienced. No one is going to gestate, give birth and parent just like you. And until you've actually done those things you have no idea how you're going to do it either. Pregnancy and childbirth are wild and crazy and messy and amazing. Get this book and have a blast! Who knows, maybe if you read it 40 weeks along you'll laugh so hard you'll (finally!) go into labor! ;)...more info
Disappointing... This was really just 18 chapters worth of the author whining about how uncomfortable her four (!) pregnancies were, and giving all other pregnant women permission to whine and moan our way through our respective pregnancies, too. I was especially bothered by how the author goes on and on discouraging exercise and portion control, justifying this by saying that she gained "a lot" of weight and then lost it, blah, blah, blah. Later in the book, she reveals that she gained about 35 lbs with each pregnancy. The recommended weight gain for an average size (more on that later) woman is 25-35 lbs, last I checked. So this was within normal limits. So why is the author acting as though she packed on 70 lbs? Further, I think the author needs just ONE MORE reference to her dismay at not fitting into her size 4 clothes during pregnancy. Size 4? Seriously? Let's rub that into the faces of all of the average-sized women out there reading your book. I was very disappointed in this book and saw it as a combination of the granting of permission to whine, as well as making women feel even worse about themselves in a backhanded way, through the authors multiple references to her size-4 self. ...more info
The real deal from a girlfriend I have read so many books that I felt my eyes would cross. When I came across this little gem I was able to get the facts with some humor. It felt like sitting with a girlfriend over some lunch and truly getting to the nitty gritty. A must have for anyone!!!!...more info
Don't waste your money! I was very dissapointed with this book for several reasons. First, the author went on and on and on about how awful her morning sickness was and proceeds to give advice about what to do to make things better. At the end of the chapter she briefly mentions that she only threw up 2 times! For us mothers-to-be that have truly suffered morning sickness(and have thrown up two times in any good day!), I did not appreciate advice or whining from a woman that threw up only twice during her entire pregnancy. Second, it seems that she condones laying around and keeping exercise to a minimum, but at the same time promotes stuffing your face. What kind of advice is that? Finally, I was very dissapointed in the chapter devoted to sex. She makes it seem like all pregnant women should want to have sex all the time, which really made me feel like there was something wrong with me! Overall, I felt the book was a one-sided opinion piece which doesn't make much sense as a "guide." For those on the fence about whether to buy, I'd reccomend "What to Expect When You're Expecting" as a good guidebook or "Belly Laughs" for a light, funny read. ...more info
No "secret" information This book claims to have information your doctor won't tell you. The only new information I heard was inaccurate (i.e. there is no benefit to exercising while pregnant and that you will actually hurt your baby if you exercise). I know she says these things are only the opinion of her and her Girlfriends but unless you want the opinion of shallow, below-average intelligence people, don't bother with this book. All the "secrets" were covered with actual medical backing in "What to Expect..." and "Mayo's Guide...". ...more info
A Humorous Companion Guide to other Pregnancy Books This is a perfect book to go along with all those serious what to expect books. It provides a humorous look into one woman's experiences with pregnancy.
Like other reviewers have said, I didn't necessarily agree with all of her advice (though I did take her up on the water aerobics idea, it was wonderful), she never preaches or attempts to pursuade the reader that this is the end-all be-all of pregnancy books.
Remember, no two women have the exact same pregnancy. Everyone's is different. If you still love your body and don't mind feeling like a beached whale, ignore her discussions of body image. But if you were like me and just was looking for something that said "it's okay to feel fat right now" this is a great read.
I also recommend "Pregnancy for Dummies"....more info
Do not buy this book This book made me feel depressed and scared about pregnancy and birth - exactly the opposite of what I was looking for. Everything is written in a sarcastic way, which I think was meant to be humor. I found it insulting and factually very inaccurate. In fact, some of her statements are irresponsibly incorrect. I would not want her girlfriends as my own. If you want some facts about childbirth without the fear mongering read The Thinking Women's Guide to Birth by Henci Goer. It's old but the facts remain true today and are based on solid research. As for a guide to pregnancy? I'm not going to waste my money on any other books and will just enjoy the next 7 months - whatever it throws at me....more info
Made me laugh while I was sick This is a comical and informative girlfriend type of guide to pregnancy. Whereas other books might put you to sleep, this one actually entertains. I certaintly would still encourage purchasing one of the sleepy medical based books too though. Sometimes I would even read this book while I was not feeling well and for a moment here and there it would actually distract me from my misery. As long you have a good sense of humor and aren't easily offended, then you'll be happy you purchased this book. Most of all, it is fun. ...more info
Great for first-time moms! As a first-time mom, I found this book both funny and helpful to "ease" into what was to come! For excrutiating, detailed, pregnancy play-by-play, search for a "medical" book. I did not want information overload and an exhaustive list of things that could possibly go wrong to obsess over. This was perfect for me to be able to ask follow up questions of my doctor where I was concerned or wanted to know more....more info
Thank Goodness for Girlfriends! Thank you, thank you for Girlfriends! I love this book. It's not only a fun read, but it reassures preggars that its o.k. to feel the way you feel and look the way you look. If you're super-sensitive about being pregnant and don't want to hear about what really happens to your body; don't read this. Stick to the "What to Expect" books. I don't know why the low ratings--either these folks take themselves too seriously or don't have any girlfriends!...more info
Single best pregnancy book ever I loved this book. Sure, the author has some opinions, but she's upfront about them and lets you know you're free to disagree. For 98% of the book, she was absolutely on target and really made me feel like I'm normal! This is the only pregnancy book I've found that leaves aside the medical stuff - which you can get any of a thousand other books, or from your doctor - and actually deals with your life as a pregnant woman....more info
Read this book if you want a good cry. This book is honestly one of the most mean-spirited, catty, snide and sarcastic books I have ever read in my life.
My Mother-In-Law worked at a bookstore and told me how popular this book was amongst the newly-pregnant, so I got it. After all, with all these changes going on with my body and emotions, I needed a good laugh. Well, the only laughable thing about this book is that we first-time preggos have gotten duped into buying this piece of horse vomit. (Please note that I do not blame my M.I.L at all for this, I mean, how could she have known that I would want to eat a bullet after reading the first 10 pages?
Just because this fat piece of crap author let herself become disgusting and undesirable (not that her lack of desirability has anything to do with her personality, yeah right) doesn't mean that we are all doomed to follow down the same path. The author actually RECOMMENDS that pregnant women do absolutely NO exercise during these 9 months, probably because she sat on the couch for 40 weeks gulleting sleeve after sleeve of Oreos and now wants every other woman to share in her own demise.
Oh, and by the way, if you're pregnant, you will also apparently become a grotesque caricature of your former self, belching and vomiting and crapping yourself as you grow ever larger and saggier and your husband has to take 12 Viagra and watch 12 hours of Asian porn before even having a chance of getting it up for you ever again.
This was the first book I read after becoming pregnant and I just sobbed.
The good news is that if you actually take care of yourself and don't just sit on your couch like Jaba the Hut, you don't ever have to succomb to the same fate as this horrible, unfunny harpy....more info
Gives you a great laugh! I really enjoyed reading this book when I was pregnant. It gave me great laughs and educated me as well. A+...more info
meh i read this while i was pregnant and i found it to be outdated and annoying. put it this way, i LOVE to read, and very rarely dislike a book. i threw this one in the recycling bin!...more info
Must have for anyone expecting!! I received this book as a gift when I was pregnant. I read it constantly until I had read the whole thing. It is a great book for anyone expecting. Very truthful with a lot of laughs. Anytime someone I know gets pregnant I buy this book for them to read. They have all loved it also!...more info
Funny and reassuring As a first time mom, I enjoyed reading this. It feels like your girlfriend is cluing you in on what to really expect during your pregnancy, the good, the bad and the gross. It's funny, and it makes me realize that what's happening to me is perfectly normal....more info
Very funny... much needed humor when you are preggo My sister-in-law gave me this book to read when I was pregnant. It is very funny! Its the "everything you need to know about pregnancy that no one will tell you" book. Just what someone with fatigue, gas, swollen ankles and a squished bladder needs! Relax, put your feet up and enjoy this great, light-hearted book. ...more info
Helpful and fun I really enjoyed reading this book and could not put it down. It's very matter of fact, really reflected what I was going through, and the writing is engaging and funny. The one reservation I have is about relying on it for medical advice. For example, Iovine recommends not exercising - I sure haven't heard that from any doctor! All the medical advice says otherwise. So, buy this book, but buy another one for medical advice....more info
a disapointment when i started reading this i enjoyed it, the author was frank and honest about her experiences. further into the book I realized she often contradicts herself and having done some research of my own I'm led to believe she didn't do any research herself. this was not the practical and humorous guide I had hoped for.
Some reviews say that she does not discourage exercise and I wonder are they reading the same book as me? "4.Exercise Will Not Help You in Labor or Delivery in Any Way"(pg 103) explains her stance pretty clearly against exercise and later on pg 106 she writes "I won't exercise either, just in case [its dangerous to her baby]." Now from what I've read and what my doctors have told me exercise is good for you and the baby, of course don't over do it but overdoing it is different for everyone.
The author can be very pessimistic and a bit superficial and her attitude about sex is a little daunting..."Loving as my husband is, I knew there came a point when having sex with me was more a mercy mission than an act of passion--not that I cared at the time"(pg123) with her stories of friend's husbands who suddenly saw them as a motherly figure and not a sexy woman it can make anyone feel unsexy and unsure of their body image.
to the high reviewers out there: What book were you reading?...more info
Out of date and not applicable I got this book reluctantly on advice from my doctor and couldn't stand it. I'm surprised that I'm in the minority here. I thought the idea behind the book was good, but by being from a "girlfriend" perspective, it assumes that have the same lifestyle as the author, which I obviously don't. If you live in Malibu, are friends of actresses, and care about things like bikini waxes and pedicures, then this book is for you. If not, skip it. It's also out of date, with a whole chapter devoted to pregnancy fashion a'la stirrup pants and leggings with big sweaters. I also found myself feeling sorry for Vicki, who has such a deadbeat husband when it comes to pregnancy. After a while the sexist assumptions and "girlfriend" attitude really got to me....more info
Refreshing and entertaining take on the experience of being pregnant! I originally read this book ten years ago when I was pregnant. Being an avid reader, I read EVERY "guide" to pregnancy, childbirth, and child-rearing. Some of these books were so serious and intimidating at times. But, THE GIRLFRIENDS' GUIDE TO PREGNANCY was a lighter and more enjoyable read for me. It was no doubt very informative, but the author put such humor and reality into it, making it my favorite book at the time. Now, one of my girlfriends is pregnant, I bought it for her along with THE GIRLFRIENDS' GUIDE TO THE FIRST YEAR. Ten years later, this book still holds its weight....more info
Laugh Until You Cry The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy is the funniest pregno book ever written. Period. It will make you weep with laughter. Depending on how many pregnancies you've endured it may make you pee with laughter. Even if you've never been pregnant you will laugh out loud many times. A must-have when the unbearable seriousness of your pregnancy instruction manuals becomes too much to bear. As an added bonus, the fashion tips are useable!...more info
Great for women who live in caves and have Neanderthal husbands SHOW OF HANDS LADIES! Is anyone here NOT aware that pregnancy might cause you to fart excessively? To possibly feel mood swings? To gain weight and feel bloated? Does anyone here NOT realize that photos of pregnant celebrities looking "fabulous" might possibly be airbrushed? Do we really all compare ourselves to famous pregos and end up feeling self-loathing?
Anyone here have a husband/boyfriend who only values us for our skinny, nonpregnant bodies? Who is completely insensitive?
If you live in a cave and aren't aware what pregnancy is "really" like by now, or if your baby's daddy is a complete jerk, then this book is for you.
All sarcasm aside, this book is a complete waste of time. The humor is the usual cliches. Nothing "fresh" about it. The author's opinions are offensive, especially her feelings towards unmedicated birth. I wonder who she had to bribe or bully to get her book on t.v. being read by pregnant Rachel on "Friends".
The book is horrible... honestly! Ladies (and gentlemen),
I don't even know where to start - this is how frustrated I am.
Ok, I'll start with this one -
GIRLS - IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO STAY CONFIDENT, PRETTY, FIT AND HEALTHY DURING YOUR PREGNANCY, DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!!!
I am 32 weeks pregnant and I've already read all possible pregnancy books multiple times. This book was recommended to me by a pregnant girl I met at a party - she said it was fun and humorous. All right, we'll give Vicki Iovine that - it is funny and humorous. But... makes no sense whatsoever.
For instance, the author actually RECOMMENDS not exercising during pregnancy based on the fact that she had some sort of bleeding episode when she "tried to maintain her traditional exercise program of running and weight lifting". Duh!!!!! You don't have to be a rocket scientist to guess that you have to modify the exercise routine when pregnant - constantly modify as the pregnancy progresses.
On top of that throughout the whole book the author leaves the remarks about not ever looking like you did before you got pregnant, about destroyed sex life with your husband (partner), about scheduled C-sections not being that bad after all, blah blah blah..
Anyways, it got me interested enough to google Vicki Iovine's images. [...]. Well imagine the level of my surprise when I found out that Vicki Iovine is a very pretty woman that looks fab AND was a Playboy centerfold playmate in the issue of 1979!!! Huh - speaking of making money on the rest of the population that has already decided to spend 9 months on the couch followed by a scheduled C-section and just needed a little push, some encouragement coming from such a reliable source as pregnancy book!
Last thing I have to say - thank goodness I picked this book up in my third trimester when it's already obvious that half of the info presented in this masterpiece is outright BS!...more info
Fun, refreshing book. I bought this book based on a reccomendation by a friend. I love it! It is so funny and well written. All the serious pregnancy books were scaring me and making me nervous...was I eating enough of this, that or the other, and don't do this and that. But this was light hearted yet insightful and truly the kind of things a girlfriend would tell you. I reccomend this book to all expectant mothers....more info
Offensive Book Because pregnancy is so different for every woman, it is difficult for a one-author book to address the wide spectrum of variation in pregnancy experience. Therefore, the author's perspective is very important in determining whether or not a book will satisfy you. Vicki Iovine is a former Playmate and comes across as very narcissistic and self-loathing--qualities that served her well, I am sure, in the pornography field but are not very helpful during pregnancy. She is focused to the point of obsession in this book on body image and sexual performance during pregnancy. For me, that was not helpful, as I found pregnancy to be a time of letting go of old conceptions about pretty much everything, including my own body image and sexuality. A pregnant woman, first timer or not, is about to have her whole life changed, priorities uprooted, etc. Pregnancy is the perfect time to STOP obsessing about what MTV and Hugh Hefner find most important and start thinking about more substantial issues in life. Iovine seems to not to understand that concept, and that is very sad for her and other women like her.
Also, Iovine worships the mainstream birth methods. If you are interested in more dignified birth, such as at home or with a midwife, you will not find information on that in this book. Iovine actually insults women who do not want to opt for a scheduled c-section.
Also...if your partner or husband treats you well, you will not find this book helpful. The imagined "husbands" in this book are unsupportive and deceitful--again, a reason to pity rather than scorn the author.
With all that said, if you are unable or unwilling to let go of your old ideals, or you actually prefer to think of yourself as a sex object first and foremost, this book will really resonate with you. If your husband treats you badly or you want a planned c-section for non-medical reasons, get this book. If, however, you have even half a brain and are interested in more substance and less sexual fluff regarding pregnancy, you will find this book unpleasant to read and at times very, very offensive. There are many "real-life" books out there on pregnancy that are written by self-respecting women--I suggest reading those, as other reviewers have mentioned.
Notwithstanding the above, however...there were two bits of advice Iovine gave that I found reassuring: 1) Especially during the first trimester, but really anytime, it may feel like your period is going to start. This is normal. I felt like this all the time and thought I was miscarrying all the time, and I had a healthy pregnancy and baby; 2) Bleeding is also normal. Iovine states that she had red blood with all four of her pregnancies and they all turned out fine. I also bled somewhat at different times. It may merit a call to the midwife but it happens a LOT during pregnancy, so be reassured.
Now that I have pointed out the only helpful points in the book, it is no longer necessary to buy it ;-)...more info
surprisingly scary! Given the title, I was very surprised to find that this book made me more depressed about my pregnancy than any other book I have read so far! I understand the concept of snarky humor and appreciate her honesty, but feel that the book is "telling it like it is" from only one perspective. This is not necessarily helpful. A great example, which I'm sure other reviews have covered, is her attitude towards exercise. It assumes that the only reason you would exercise is to frantically try to hold on to some semblance of control over your body, or guarantee yourself a great delivery. I'm not religious about exercise, but I love it for the endorphin boost, back health (particularly important during pregnancy) and it just plain makes your body function better, pregnant or not. So found myself a little perturbed by her view that pregnancy is a time to let go completely. Her basic message is "your arms will look fat anyway." WHAT?? I don't care if my arms look fat, they can still have muscles underneath. Other messages include hints that if you don't pig out while pregnant, you're a control freak. Not a bad book, just proceed with caution- in an effort to be "real" it has a little too much "reverse snobbery" for my taste. Too one dimensional and personal, and could make you lose sleep at night....more info
great book This is a great book to read when you are pregnant. Funny, yet informative, it tells you information you need and want to know in a girlfriend-type manner. I read it through a few times during my first pregnancy, and again during my second!...more info
Worth checking out Amusing book to read. This is my first pregnancy and this book was recommended to me. I don't necessarily agree with everything the author says, but it is still a very informative book....more info
Great gift! I have given this book as a gift to 2 friends upon learning they were pregnant - both loved the book! It adds a bit of humor to the topic of pregnancy....more info
Not a Guide for a Good Friend My wife was given this book early in her pregnancy. I know many reviewers say that you need to have a sense of humor to appreciate this book, but this book was not that funny and did nothing to "guide" us through our pregnancy. All it did was scare my wife by talking about all the bad things about being pregnant. This is a good book to read if you don't want to get pregnant or are jealous of those that are....more info
Great! I really enjoyed this book. It was funny and lighthearted but also very informative. I am a bookaholic and when I found out I was pregnant I wanted to get my hands on as many books as I could. I bought this book first and found that I really don't need anything else. It wasn't scary and it didn't freak me out with all the things that could go wrong with your pregnancy. It just explained what was happening via a few anecdotes from women who have been through it. It was hilarious and entertaining; I learned a lot and would recommend it to any "girlfriend" as she begins her pregnancy journey!...more info
Keep the humor alive during pregnancy! This is an easy read and kept me laughing out loud! My husband had to endure my reading every other sentence out loud to him because I thought it was so funny or so true to what I was going through. The author hits on every possible thing that could happen to you during pregnancy. Although it isn't meant to be a medical explanation of what's going on, this was the only book I ever read that mentioned low back pain/pressure as a problem in early pregnancy. I experienced a lot of that in my first few weeks and it was so reassuring to know it didn't mean I was miscarrying since the author experienced it and went on to have healthy babies. It's a wonderful book to read in between all that technical medical stuff from the other books....more info
Hilarious! You have to buy this (and the baby bargains book!) for your girlfriend who's just told you she's expecting her first baby (don't bother if she's already had kids). It's hilarious, entertaining and informative. Definitely something to read while your pregnant, you won't have the time to read much once the baby is there (or you focus on the more advice heavy books). ...more info
Great Book Great Service! Reccommended by many. I bought it for my daughter as soon as she found out she was preggy. She loved it and the seller shipped it promptly. ...more info
Loved it!!! You laugh, you cry, you go yuck and then it happens to you and you think oh she told me that might happen... The girlfriend's guide to pregnancy is a hoot! It made my first pregnancy less scary and made me realize that strange stuff happens when you body has been invaded by an alien. I loved it and I recommend this book to anyone who is pregnat for the first time....more info
A different perspective on pregnancy! I had someone recommend this book to me, and I was very glad she told me about it! It is humorous and informative at the same time. I read both this book and What to Expect When You're Expecting while I was pregnant. I got different information from the 2 books, and this one was written in a more light-hearted tone so easier to read. It was helpful to me and gave me a few laughs as well!...more info
great gift idea Good Book for a newly pregnant mom to be, but took way to long to recieve this item, didn'tget the book til weeks after ordering, but was billed immediately...more info
My Favorite Pregnancy Book! I bought this book, along with a lot of other pregnancy books, when I found out I was pregnant for the first time. This was BY FAR the best.
This book is not a medical or scientific or a "week by week" book about pregnancy; it is a woman-to-woman guide on what pregnancy is REALLY like - physically, mentally, emotionally. It is a completely honest and candid perspective on what women go through during those nine (or ten, as Iovine claims) months. And it is hilarious.
This is the book that I would read at the end of a long day when I was exhausted and hormonally-unstable; I would get in a warm bubble bath and take this book with me. It is the perfect way to relax and feel better, because you realize that you are not alone - all pregnant women have gone through the exact same thing. And it makes you laugh, which definitely makes you feel better.
My husband and I spent many a night reading this book out loud and laughing so hard we were crying. I found it funny mostly because it was so true.
I have recommended and/or given this book to all of my pregnant friends!
If you enjoy this book, make sure you get The Girlfriends' Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood near the end of your pregnancy!