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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
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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a little out dated but good to read when you want to get away from what to expect when expectingPublished 16 months ago by Meaghanbookworm
A refreshing change from conventional pregnancy books. The perfect gift for a new mother to be.
I purchased a used copy at a great price. Read more
I just loved this book - and it has been circulating around all of my pregnant friends -and we are think it's great. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2009 by CBM
I received this from a friend and breezed through it while on vacation. My husband and I enjoyed a few laughs and I found myself giggling through most of it. Read morePublished on May 20 2006
This book certainly strives to entertain the reader. While I appreciated the entertainment and found myself chuckling three times while reading the book, I found the information... Read morePublished on March 1 2006
I borrowed this book from a friend who thought that it was a great read.... all I can say is I'm glad I didn't waste my own money on this book. Read morePublished on July 26 2005
A girlfriend of mine gave me this book when I found out I was pregnant. She hated it but said that she knew I would like it. (whatever that means!? Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2004 by Jacqueline Spence
I can't believe what some people are writing about this book. Each time I start to become scared about my pregnancy or about giving birth, I pick this book up to make me smile. Read morePublished on July 15 2004
The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy is politically incorrect at times, for sure. That's part of the fun. Read morePublished on July 11 2004 by Cassie