The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy
Written in plain, simple, and non-technical language, Vicki Iovine’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy is a straightforward guide to the momentous occasion. Having 4 children in six years, Iovine offers all of the wisdom provided by experience. From Lamaze to post-partum depression, the books covers every aspect of pregnancy.
Overall this book just rubbed me the wrong way.
Let me start by saying that there are a couple of good things about this one.
First, it is full of the kind of anecdotes about what pregnancy is like - swollen boobs, swollen feet, hemorrhoids, how to buy maternity clothes, when to expect morning sickness to end - that previous generations got from their mothers, aunts, grandmothers, sisters, and childhood friends. In a world where many of us live hundreds ...more
Of course, it's always fun to read something lighthearted and entertaining, especially when you're suffering from morning sickness that extends to the afternoon, evening, night, and back again. Making light of your situation might ease the pressure for a bit. But this book's humor draws from its cynicism. And cynicism is dangerous when it comes to pregnancy and childbirth.
So many of my friends that I've spoken to have had what, after ...more
One thing is for sure -- the book is hilarious. Laugh-out-loud funny! That's its biggest advantage.
It's not a medical book, and doesn't pretend to be. Vicki Iovine pulls no punches, which is part of the book's humor, but also what I found very off-putting about the book.
Iovine is just as opinionate ...more
Ah, the moral of the story.
Well, baby, you better be @$&*%ing awesome after all the mess this book and many others tell me I'll endure. xoxoxo
Also, if you are planning on having a natural childbirth, definitely skip it. She talks constantly about how great epidurals are and if you don't want one, you are nuts. ...more
1. Exercise: while she doesn't outright say you shouldn't exercise ...more
So I have two main concerns about giving birth. Both involve my butt. You’d think that the actual birth canal would be a scarier thing to me, but I figure it was built for that stuff, so it’ll probably work ok.
Fear #1 Hemorrhoids. I love that the author just lays it all out. Other bo ...more
Good things about this book: it acknowledges that pregnancy is more than a medical event but also an entire emotional/mental/social experience. It also acknowledges that a lot of pregnancy information is more ...more
spoiler alert: do not read ahead if you don't want to know what happens.
a baby comes out.
this book offered such helpful hints as: bring several pairs of throwaway socks because you'll probably bleed all over the ones you wear during labor and you'll want clean pairs. so i diligently procured several pairs of those white athletic socks, fully prepared to do my maternal duty of hemorrhaging all over my footsies. didn't happen. in fact, i couldn't tell you if i ha ...more
however, it may be great for o ...more
It kind of ruined the whole experience for me. Plus, my pregnancy was nothing like the stuff she described, so it wasn't that helpful. But everyone is different, so it might be a great book for other people. Who hate their husband.
Unlike most pregnancy books that you will find, Vicki Iovine comes to you with ...more
However, I also hated the author's male-bashing, her assumption that every woman turns into a pregasaurus, her denouncement of exercise, and her chapter on fashion. I wanted to kick her in t ...more