The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy Paperback – Oct 1 1995
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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
From Publishers Weekly
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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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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
a little out dated but good to read when you want to get away from what to expect when expectingPublished on July 22 2014 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
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