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Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Jenny McCarthy
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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Oct. 28 2009

Jenny McCarthy’s best-selling Belly Laughs reveals all the joys and sweet discoveries of being pregnant, from puking bouts and hormonal rage to hemorrhoids, pregnant sex, and big ol’ granny underpants. McCarthy draws from her own difficult pregnancy to discuss every stage of expectant motherhood in vivid, sometimes excruciating—and excruciatingly funny—detail. Belly Laughs is a must-read for any woman who is pregnant, has ever been pregnant, or hopes to become pregnant.

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McCarthy, 1994 Playmate of the Year, actress (Scream 3; Baywatch; etc.) and former host of MTV's Singled Out, gave birth to her first child in 2002. Her pregnancy wasn't pretty—and she wants to tell readers all about it. At the outset, she tells them, "If you bought this book, you are already aware of my frankness when it comes to certain things—anatomy and bodily functions among them. If someone gave this book to you as a gift and you've never heard of me, apologies to you!" She goes on to recount the nitty-gritty of pregnancy in all its gory detail, covering morning sickness, hormonal rage, cravings, hemorrhoids, "engorged" breasts, gas, hot flashes, fainting spells, weight gain, acne, water retention and, finally, labor. McCarthy is undeniably crass but funny, and her candor and self-deprecation are refreshing. Each brief, chatty chapter focuses on a different—and awful—facet of pregnancy, with McCarthy relating personal anecdotes and usually winding down by reassuring women they're not alone. McCarthy's tales are, for the most part, a hoot, though they may offend more uptight readers. For example, in the beginning of McCarthy's pregnancy, she was constipated, so she visited a specialist. In the waiting room, the assistant called her name, and "everyone... looked up in surprise, and I knew what they were thinking: 'Jenny McCarthy has butt hole problems?' I was so embarrassed, until I realized that they had no right to be smirking: Those assholes were also there because of their own assholes. I felt better already."
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McCarthy applies her in-your-face manner and blue humor to the subject of pregnancy and childbirth in this little piece of fun. The former Playboy centerfold and all-around bad girl recounts her journey to motherhood with utter abandon, discussing topics that those other wholesome books tend to treat too gently, such as enemas, pubic hair growth, and sex in the ninth month. What's noble about this book (yes, noble) is that women who find these topics too embarrassing to bring up now have a place to read about them in a frank and open discussion.^B After all, they're as real as morning sickness, and McCarthy treats them with a candor that borders on crude but that is refreshing, and, ultimately, necessary. Not to mention funny. Like a gossipy girlfriend, McCarthy brings you in and makes you laugh; there's a certain comfort in knowing that even a sex symbol gets stretch marks and balloons to 200 pounds during pregnancy. A must-have for any childbirth collection. An aggressive marketing campaign suggests libraries ought to stock up. Mary Frances Wilkens
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2.0 out of 5 stars The voice does not go with the words! Feb. 12 2010
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This audio book was my first try at listening to a book in the car. I don't think I liked the book that much, I found the first few chapters funny but then felt it was just a long list of complaints. Pregnancy isn't all that bad for me so I have a hard time relating. And the voice for this audio book is not Jenny McCarthy and sounds like someone who has never used foul language before which really took away from the whole book. Hard to laugh at "I am so friggin' miserable" when it sounds like a diction teacher saying it!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but nothing special. July 17 2004
Let me begin this by saying that I've always found Jenny McCarthy funny.
That aside, this book could have been so much better. Yes, it's refreshing to see a pregnancy book that discusses topics conveniently left out of most others. It just seemed like she threw the entire thing together in an afternoon. Or less. As I read each chapter, I kept hoping she would have written more or expanded on her experience.
Overall, it was very disappointing. I expected much more from her. Maybe the next one will be better.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Too Funny June 26 2004
By A Customer
I couldn't wait for this book to be released. It looked so funny! Well, I gave it two stars for several reasons.
1) The swearing was a little hard to take. I had read about that in other reviews, but I still didn't care for it. Call me a prude if you like...
2)It just wasn't "laugh out loud" funny. Maybe I had seen too much hype. You know how sometimes things just don't stack up. There was one part where I sort of chuckled, but that was about it.
3) I LOVE being pregnant. After years of trying and 4 miscarriages, every pregnancy symptom is a huge blessing. Yeah, they can been a pain (literally), but this made it sound like torture. For me, at least, it's not.
I will say the ending of the book made earned some big points. I wish the entire book could have been written in that endearing style.
Since it looks like I'm the only one not in love with this book, let the slamming begin...
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on my second pregnancy with a month to go, I found most of it to be really crass (according to the editorial review that makes me 'uptight'). I also don't care how/why/if she is a celebrity and I got tired of her bringing it up in every chapter (which, by the way, really have no substance to them at all). There are so many funnier, more interesting, informative, and in depth pregnant and 'mommy' books out there ('Girlfriend's Guide', 'I Don't Know How She Does It', etc.) that I found this one to be a huge waste of money. I *might* encourage someone to borrow it from the library, but never to buy it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Silly. June 2 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I read the whole thing because I had a chunk of time and the chapters were short, but it wasn't worth it. Never could muster any empathy for her despite being pregnant myself. Kept thinking, "why was this published?" the whole time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me May 4 2014
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I had heard this was a funny book but I found it to be a bit of a downer and whiny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For All Pregnant Women April 25 2014
By k
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This book is a must read for all pregnant women. It is a light read but I could only read a chapter at a time since I was laughing uncontrollably! I will buy this book for all of my friends once they become pregnant!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Jenny Feb. 20 2014
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Needs to be longer! Love it. I wish I had it for my first pregnancy!
It's nice to hear of someone famous experiencing all the same things. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Unlike most of the other reviews, I really liked this book. It made me laugh, it made me cry, all whilst being educational. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Vyktorya
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected more
This book was ok, its basically Jenny telling a few stories from her pregnancy. it's really short and each chapter is about 3 pages. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, Held Nothing Back!
To be honest, I didn't expect the book to have as many 'truths' in it or to be as hilarious as it was. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Krystal
5.0 out of 5 stars Belly Laughs is right!!
I read this book about half way through my pregnancy and I absolutely loved every minute. It was hilarious to read what Jenny went through in her pregnancy, and actually made mine... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kelsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and SO TRUE
Jenny is a hit with this one and her other one too, if you haven't read it, Life Laughs. It will keep you laughing throughout the whole book and relating to every one of her... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sue
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny...must read!
Great book that was an easy quick read. A must read for first time mother's or even it's not you'll be laughing out loud. Just a heads up she's very frank!
Published 13 months ago by lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book Ever for expecting moms!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Best Book Ever for expecting moms!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have never laughed so hard out loud reading a book in my life. Read more
Published 13 months ago by amazon shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for soon to be mom's
Hilarious look at how glamorous it really is to be pregnant. (HA!) I have lent mine to many mom and soon to be mom friends.
Published 14 months ago by Pezzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Easy to Read
I got through this book in about 2 hours. It was funny, and described all of the pregnancy symptoms that aren't usually talked about in a funny way.
Published 14 months ago by Becky918
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