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Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  12,797 Ratings  ·  1,855 Reviews
Oh, the joys of pregnancy! There's the gassiness, constipation, queasiness, and exhaustion, the forgetfulness, crankiness, and the constant worry. Of course, no woman is spared the discomforts and humiliations of pregnancy, but most are too polite to complain or too embarrassed to talk about them. Not Jenny McCarthy! In the New York Times best-selling Belly Laughs, actress ...more
Paperback, 165 pages
Published December 13th 2005 by Da Capo Press (first published April 14th 2004)
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Jul 20, 2008 Tiffany rated it did not like it
Another book I wish I could give less than one star. McCarthy shows herself to be unintelligent and unenlightened as she spreads fear, panic, and gross misinformation to any pregnant woman who might be unlucky enough to read this book. I know she is trying to be funny, but to anyone capable of complex thought, she's just a dull hack. And her constant self derision, making herself out to be a "crazy pregnant woman" as she wrote about her husband's rude treatment of her, was just pitiful. No shock ...more
Sep 17, 2007 Brenda rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Pregnant playmates
I received this book as a present from a friend. Her words were, "If you can't trust advice from a playmate, who can you trust?"

"Belly Laughs" is probably selling copies around the country because Jenny McCarthy has turned her foul mouth and crude observations on her pregnancy symptoms. The descriptions are wince-able at times, but not all together unamusing. The sheer abundance of massive body changes in pregnancy is fodder for the author to compare private parts with food and over-active bodil
Dec 27, 2011 Ashley rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 2011
The only word I can really think of to describe this book is cute. It's not so much an educational book on pregnancy as it is a book to tell you that you're not alone. It was refreshingly (and humorously) honest, and totally bang on in a lot of areas. I had many "YES!" moments when she'd describe a symptom or emotion that I'd been feeling, but wasn't sure was normal.

The writing isn't spectacular, but I don't think that's the point. It's written in a conversational way that makes you feel like yo
Jill Larbi
Feb 26, 2013 Jill Larbi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Pregnant women in their twenties or thirties
This book is written by McCarthy, not a studied author, in a conversational tone. It is meant to be a frank discussion about her pregnancy experience and it succeeds in being such. It is not a researched textbook of pregnancy and doesn't claim to be.
I found many negative reviews of this short memoir that I thought were quite unfair. McCarthy's stories are enjoyable because of the aforementioned tone being so different from the majority of pregnancy books. Also, she is characteristically willing
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This New York Times best seller is just that for very good reason. Belly Laughs, subtitled: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth - is to true to it's title.

Jenny McCarthy, former playboy playmate (which she now regrets doing after seeing her husband drool over playmates on television while sitting next to her now gargantuan frame) and co-star of the MTV show "Singled Out" from the mid-90's, truly does tell you the naked truth. Out of the many pregnancy books this definitely tops my li
Jun 02, 2008 Bonnie rated it did not like it
This book was a very shallow book, I felt. Yes, it deals with some of the more embarrassing and less beautiful sides of pregnancy, but I also felt that it exaggerated them. I liked that Jenny was all about the comfort zone, it's important to embrace pregnancy and give in to the gear because it's COMFORTABLE though not the sexiest thing you've ever worn. I was unhappy with some of her choices and some of her attitudes about labor & delivery & breastfeeding. I do believe that if Jenny were ...more
Nov 15, 2012 Kerry rated it did not like it
I read this over two years ago and it still makes me angry to think about.

I get that it's supposed to be lighthearted and funny, and apparently it is for many individuals. However if you are like me and find yourself pregnant and desperately ignorant of what pregnancy entails, this is NOT the book for you. It tries to take the negative aspects of pregnancy and make them humorous, but I was horrified. Terrified. I could not sleep at night because I was waiting for all these mortifying things to h
May 19, 2009 K.K. rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-book-log
I am not one for self-help books about pregnancy or weddings, which are positive things in life. These are not traumatic events for which one needs therapy or guidance. These are just egocentric at best.

I don't need a book to help me "get through" my wedding. Who needs a book to prepare for gifts that appear at your door like Christmas on steroids or a princess gown and cameras snapping only at you as 300 of your closest friends and family come to praise you and watch you eat a piece of cake...
Apr 21, 2008 Heather rated it really liked it
I read this book shortly after I found out I was pregnant and okay, so I admit, it may not be the best book ever written. However, it's a short, fun read and I recommend it to anyone who is currently pregnant, has been pregnant or is planning on becoming pregnant.
Lindsey Jane
I thought this book would be funnier than it was. I picked it up to read something lighter than the pregnancy books I've been swimming in recently. It wasn't really that funny. And I didn't necessarily like the slant against anything natural in childbirth. It is sad that Jenny is so anti-breastfeeding. It is sad that she is so against natural birth. It really didn't surprise me to read that her labor ended in a c-section with the way she went about things. You could really see that one coming. I ...more
Oct 30, 2009 Laura rated it did not like it
In regards to having a baby, Jenny McCarthy says, "If I can do it, ANYONE can!" Um, Jenny, I think you mean this about writing a book.

I agree with the other reviewers who said this book isn't funny. Only one little part even brought a smile to my face, and it's not like I didn't want to laugh. Also, the subtitle should be The Naked Truth About My Pregnancy and Childbirth Experience because of the wide variations in experiences among women. It really is largely negative, immature, and annoying
Krystle *K&M's Book Haven*
Aug 03, 2015 Krystle *K&M's Book Haven* rated it really liked it
Loved this book! I didn't really learn anything new but I laughed the whole way through and it made me feel not alone in this crazy journey! I def recommend my Prego friends give it a shot, I devoured it in a few hours.
May 06, 2009 Julie rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction
I really hated this book. Because I've been so sick with his pregnancy, I thought it might help to have a humorous take on pregnancy besides Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy. However, at least Girlfriend's had some useful information and content. Jenny McCarthy's book was so fluffy and self-indugent I would have put it down except it only took me 90 minutes to read it. I guess I'm annoyed with the author anyway for her vaccination campaigning so that might have colored my assessment, but it's alo ...more
Aug 31, 2015 Valerie rated it it was amazing
Funny easy read!
Feb 02, 2009 Tia rated it liked it
I just finished this book and it actually took me right up until the last page to decide whether or not I would recommend it. lol I'm not pregnant but while reading it I knew that my final opinion of it would depend on the answer to the question, "If I were pregnant would this book increase the possibility of me freaking out, or would it give me a much-needed laugh in the face of pregnancy fears?"

Well right from the start, it was clear that Jenny (a comedic actress) was sharing her own pregnanc
Jan 19, 2009 Marisa rated it liked it
Recommended to Marisa by: so many people
Eh, I was mostly unmoved by this book, although I did laugh out loud at one point and the last chapter about her labor moved me to tears. Although I think almost any coherent story about birth could move me to tears right now. (And almost any patron can make me want to throw a book at them, but that's another story for another time.)

Maybe it's telling that the passage that made me laugh is about uncontrollable crying:
"Sometimes you have no idea why you're crying. I remember sitting on the sofa w
Mar 16, 2011 Margaretann rated it did not like it
You can read/skim this book in about an hour . . . although having done that I don't reccommend it.

I thought this would be a Chelsea Handler-esque book in terms of humour but Jenny is definitely not a comedic genius. In fact I don't think I laughed once. Instead, I found her to be rather annoying - she focuses soley on the negative and awful things and changes that happen to your body during pregnancy (under the guise that she is revealing all the secrets that other women don't talk about - but
Aug 08, 2015 Mai rated it really liked it
Belly laughs is Hilarious ,like all jenny's books,it's so funny ,honest and personal .she tells it like it is ,giving pregnant women a new and lighthearted perspective on pregnancy
Jenny's pregnancy and childbirth wasn't easy to say the least and it all seems so Scary but it's a fun journey nonetheless!
I always wondered what it would feel like to give birth and telling from her story it's like roller coaster ,as jenny wondered "how are you supposed to push a watermelon through your vagina?" And t
Nov 07, 2011 Sara rated it did not like it
I read this book on the recommendation of a friend of a friend, as we were discussing how difficult pregnancy is on your body (I haven't had kids yet).

This is the worst book I have ever read. I laughed one time reading this book, when she called the reader an old fart and it caught me off guard. I think she makes dangerous statements relating to health topics. I know she isn't a doctor and she says that. Then why make those statements to begin with?
Honestly, nothing I read was a shock to me. It
Aug 23, 2011 Cvedder rated it it was amazing
I've received countless recommendations for pregnancy books. Most of them are the size and readability of text books. I was hoping the end of this pregnancy would result in a baby, not a final exam. I've taken the classes, read a newsletter every week given to me by my doctor, done research, etc. I finally found a pregnancy book worth it's weight in gold. I LOVE this book! I don't really need a chart to tell me how many people get hemorrhoids, I want to know if there's any way to avoid those dam ...more
Oct 16, 2011 Joni rated it it was ok
Another one I didn't really care for. A lot of people recommended this book to me because they thought it was "hilarious," and while I thought there were maybe a couple of funny parts, it was mostly just crass, which does not always equal funny. In addition, it gave zero advice and was basically just an outlet for Jenny McCarthy to try to be funny and crude about the less fun parts of pregnancy. It was a quick read and did make me laugh in a couple of parts, so I didn't feel like it was a comple ...more
Mar 08, 2009 Katina rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, parenting
I read this book in the time it took to travel on BART from Richmond to the Embarcadero (no transfers).

It is a silly book, Jenny McCarthy, basically pokes fun at all of the nastiest things that happened to her body while pregnant. It was funnier than I expected. It was also refreshingly honest and real.

Still, I was not a huge fan of the descriptions/endorsements of unnecessary medical intervention (i.e., elective amniocentesis without any signs of risk to her or the fetus) and I can't stand behi
Dec 05, 2008 Meredith rated it did not like it
Heinous. I wish I could give this less than one star, because it was a waste of trees and time. I don't understand why people thought this was funny. Sure, she talks about some of the embarrassing parts of pregnancy, but her humor is immature and crude and it didn't make me feel one bit better about pregnancy. I HATED the way she and her (now ex-) husband interacted, and how she used profanity unnecessarily in failed attempts at humor. Even when she was talking about things that I went through, ...more
Stephanie Danielle
Nov 07, 2015 Stephanie Danielle rated it it was ok
I bought this book today at a thrift store, It was stupid but entertaining enough for .58 cents
Mar 02, 2009 Carolyn rated it did not like it
Two stars? Maybe one and a half. Read with the understanding that it is written at a fourth grade level, it is a nice honest assessment of one woman's pregnancy, and if you're going to gain 60 pounds and you like crude (using the next term loosly) humor you'll probably like it. I am planning on gaining only the recommended 30 and I've progressed past poop jokes so I had a hard time relating. My other complaint is that her chapters are jumbled. She's six months pregnant in one and three in the ne ...more
Feb 25, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
This book cracked me up! Jenny McCarthy adds her usual voice and spin to many common pregnancy experiences. Whether you are pregnant or just thinking about it, this quick read will address some of the potential symptoms in a funny and honest way!
(review originally posted on bookslut)

After my request for book recommendations in my last column, I should be busy for the next year and a half, especially considering the 100 Books list books I am supposed to be reading, along with my backlog of review books. Maybe I should have been going for my Ph.D. in literature. Or women's studies. Or any subject for which all of this reading would be helping, not hindering, my research.

Oh well. If I'd had that much foresight, I probably would have taken
Felicia Moore
May 30, 2015 Felicia Moore rated it really liked it
This was a very funny book had some advice on what to look forward to while pregnant.
Laura Lezon
Sep 21, 2015 Laura Lezon rated it really liked it
I loved this book. Let's be honest...there are enough pregnancy books and apps out there that scare the shit out of you and teach you all about what to eat, warning signs, things you cannot do, meds you cannot take, the amount of weight you should and should not gain, blah blah blah. The truth is, being a nurse and a generally intelligent person I don't really need all that. This is not one of those books. In fact I really didn't learn much by reading it. But what it did do is make me laugh till ...more
May 05, 2014 Kristen rated it did not like it
You can read this review and others on my blog at

Well this book wasn’t very funny to me. It also wasn’t very helpful either. This entire book is basically just a biography about her own pregnancy, not pregnancy in general. So if you’re hoping to read this to really find out what to expect, pick up something different that at least shows all the differences. Every pregnancy is different, but this entire book only focuses on her symptoms, etc.

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Jennifer McCarthy is an American model, comedian, actress and author. She first appeared in Playboy magazine in October 1993 and was named Playmate of the Year in its June 1994 issue. She later began a career in television and film and has recently started writing books dealing largely with her pregnancy and motherhood of a child with autism.
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