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The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy Paperback – Oct 1 1995

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket; 1 edition (Oct. 1 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671524313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671524319
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 1.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 728 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #564,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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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.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This book insulted my intelligence. Not only is it not helpful, the author gives advice based solely on her own experience and the experiences of her pregnant friends - this advice often contradicts the advice of doctors who are not only well educated in the area, but have the anecdotal evidence of the thousands upon thousands of patients whom they have helped through their pregnancies. While I can see how the author attempts to appeal to the pregnant woman by taking a more casual "I'm just like you" approach, she basically gives people permission to eat whatever they want, be out of shape, ignore what their doctors tell them and assume that they are getting the "real info" from their friends. I am not a health nut, nor do I exercise obesessively, but the advice in this book borders on irresponsible. My husband actually threw it across the room it made us so mad. I really do not believe that I am a snob, but I have to say that this book is a blatant attempt to appeal to the lowest common denominator of moms who are looking for excuses to lay around for nine months stuffing their faces with whatever they want and doing basically nothing.
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I bought this book because so many people, including reviewers here, said it would be helpful. The book has been nothing but offensive and horrifying.
Vicki Iovine, the author, is a former Playboy centerfold model who scored herself a rich music producer husband and views the world through playboy bunny housewife eyes. A complete idiot, she never considers that maybe some of her readers actually WORK FOR A LIVING rather than sit on their butts and be pampered by rich husbands like she is.
Here are some of the gems of wisdom this...imparts:
- The worst thing you can do during pregnancy is cut your hair! (G-d forbid! Omigosh! Awful!!)
- Don't worry if your husband is too busy to come to your doctor's appointments -- it is really great and special to have an important, busy, overpaid husband like she has! Lucky you, girls, he supports you with money and prestige instead!
- Not once during the ENTIRE chapter about "Telling people that you are pregnant" does it occur to Playboy Vicki that maybe the reason that we can't tell that we are pregnant is because we WORK for a living, and it would put us in jeopardy at our jobs. Instead, she talks about telling your "girlfriends" (of which she has many, since she has zillions of nannies and of course doesn't work for living), your mother, your husband, etc. No where does it contemplate, telling your co-workers or boss!
- She tries to pretend that she is budget-conscious, but it is extremely clear that she is operating on a budget that has no end. References to furniture, breast pumps, etc etc etc are rife with suggestions to just "go ahead and spend the extra money" as if that is an option for everyone.
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This book saved my life. I really don't know any other way to describe it. I was a miserable pregnant woman - nervous and scared all the time. I had no idea what I was going to do with a baby once it got here. During my pregnancy I read every baby book and magazine I could get my hands on and while the majority of books out there are very informative and are great about tracking the progress of the baby and telling you what to expect to happen at doctor's appointments and the like, this was the only book at the time to approach pregnancy on a personal level. Vicki Iovine writes about the strange and disgusting things that happen to your body that we are often to embarrassed to talk about. She gave me the confidence to stick up for myself at dr's appointments and really say what I thought and not be intimidated. This book was the reason I enjoyed my delivery and realized that everything happening to me was normal and I wasn't some hormonal freak of nature!
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As someone who has recently moved away from family and friends, I found Vicky Iovine's more personal approach a comfort, a good laugh, and a picture of pregnancy I could relate to. The Girlfriends' Guide also offered jargon-free descriptions of diagnostic tests, (what they feel like, what the author and her friends experienced), as well as advice on maternity clothes, baby shopping, sex, and countless other details I simply didn't find elsewhere. Of course, I go to other sources (like my doctor) for health-related questions, as the author herself suggests. Because of the thoroughness on the covered subject I recommend "The Girlfriend's Guide" over any other pregnancy book. Another great title that I highly recommend as an addition to this book is "Can We Live 150". Each new mother will find there a lot of information about bringing up her child in a healthy manner. These two books make a great addition to a baby shower gift package.
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At first I was amused by the relaxed style and bonhomie (bonfemie?), but as I read more and did a bit more research about this book, I became less and less impressed. The author unconsciously reveals some big neuroses about body image (I guess it makes sense that a former Playboy model would have them), especially in her chapter about exercise during pregnancy. She discourages it because, among other specious reasons, "You Will Not Look Good in Your Leotard." Please. A well-researched article on points out that "children of moms who exercised before, during, and after pregnancy were shown to be relatively leaner themselves five years later." Plus, mothers who are fit tend to recover more quickly after giving birth.
Furthermore, the author assumes that the reader will of course be giving birth in a hospital, supervised by a doctor, and that her primary motivation in deciding whether or not to breastfeed will be concern for the shape of her breasts. (What was I saying about body image über alles?)
Some of the advice in the chapter called "Pregnancy Insanity" is indeed reassuring, and helpful to share with one's partner. Forewarned is forearmed, etc. But in general, the more I dip into this book, the angrier it makes me. (And yeah, the affected capitalization of the word "girlfriend" throughout gets up my snout, too.) Wish I'd checked the reviews before I bought it.
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