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Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  15,785 ratings  ·  2,016 reviews
The New York Times bestseller--never shy, frequently crude and always funny, Jenny McCarthy gives the lowdown on pregnancy in the grittiest girlfriend detail

Revealing the naked truth about the tremendous joys, the excruciating pains, and the inevitable disfigurement that go along with pregnancy, Jenny McCarthy tells you what you can really expect when you're expecting! Fr
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Paperback, 165 pages
Published December 13th 2005 by Da Capo Lifelong Books (first published April 14th 2004)
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Tiffany
Jul 20, 2008 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
Brenda
Sep 17, 2007 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
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Ashley
Dec 26, 2011 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
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Jill Larbi
Feb 26, 2013 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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Bonnie
Apr 28, 2008 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 to go b ...more
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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
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Kerry
Nov 15, 2012 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
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Laura
Oct 30, 2009 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
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K.K.
May 19, 2009 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...
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Elaine Mullane || At Home in Books
The only lighter book I read when I was pregnant with my first child, and a welcome read at that.

We can all get bogged down in the descriptive, scientific doorstop manuals when we are pregnant - of course we want to be informed - but isn't it nice when you read something that takes you out of yourself and helps you see the humorous side of growing a human?

Jenny McCarthy's first pregnancy wasn't pretty, and here she tells you all about it, from her huge weight gain to her morning sickness, gas,
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Heather
Apr 21, 2008 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. ...more
biblio • bliss
My first Jenny McCarthy romp. Pretty good blend of grossness, comedy and authenticity.

Started reading when I was about 4 months pregnant; got busy with being pregnant; put the book down a few days before going into labor. Finally finished the book almost exactly 9 months post-partum.

Make no mistake, I enjoyed the book and found it humorous and authentic. I just can't read Jenny McCarthy straight through. It was interesting to read the first half of the book (about pregnancy itself) during my own
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Jenn
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Describes her pregnancy 🤰 good book
Jen
Dec 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book was recommended to me by a coworker after we had a frank conversation about some of the less-discussed brutal or confusing pregnancy symptoms I was experiencing. The coworker told me she howled with laughter while reading, to the point where her husband wondered if she was ok from the other room. I’m not sure I ever laughed out loud at all because I was so busy thinking about how I could write this book a million times better and being bitter that Jenny McCarthy can write, publish, and ...more
Marisa
Jan 15, 2009 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
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Lindsey
Jan 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Sadie
Sep 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: pregnant women everywhere
The rumors are true. Read this book and you will find yourself laughing out loud. Jenny delivers the story of her pregnancy in a warm-hearted, spirited manner that is simply irresistible. You'll finish it in a day and close the book feeling informed about all of the stuff "they" never tell you about before you get pregnant.

There may be more in-depth books out there about what to expect when you're pregnant, but none of them do it with such flair. If you're expecting, read it. If you have a frie
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Stephanie Haefner
Sep 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mothers or those who will soon become one
This is a laugh-out-loud-bare-bones-truth about pregnancy, labor and delivery. Jenny lays it all out for you....every detail, but she does it in such a heartwarming way! She instantly becomes your best gal pal, leaving no detail un-told!! You will laugh yourself silly...but maybe you shouldn't read it if you're 7 or 8 months pregnant...you just might pee yourself. And Jenny had a whole chapter about that too! ...more
Kristin
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book definitely had me laughing, especially whenever she mentioned wearing a muumuu! The chapters were quick and to the point. She did go through a lot in her pregnancy and thankfully I haven't experienced much that she mentioned (yet?!). The way she wrote about her hardships poked fun at herself and had a comedic spin on it for sure. I might pick up her next book about the first year of motherhood. ...more
Jana Dangerfield
Jun 24, 2016 rated it liked it
I was after something light hearted to read at the end of my pregnancy. This book is a short and fast read. I'm glad I read it at the end stage, I couldn't relate to barely any of this - to me her pregnancy seemed like a horror story!! If I read this early on I think it would have terrified me. All in all, it's not bad I just wouldn't take it too seriously. ...more
Krystle Marie
Aug 03, 2015 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. ...more
Heather
Sep 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Very light-hearted and funny book about one of my least favorite things - being big and pregnant!
Noel
Sep 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
This was a quick read that made me laugh out loud which was nice for a change...
Amy
Sep 20, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
Funny but not informative at all. She's pretty crude and down to the nitty gritty in her details so if you can't handle that, skip it. ...more
Amy
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
neither informative or entertaining.
Brittany
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read Belly Laughs in two sittings. It was lent to me by my cousin, and at first I was a little apprehensive because of some of McCarthy's more controversial views but I gave it a try. Luckily Belly Laughs is mostly about the weird (and often gross-ish) things your body can go through when you're expecting and it's light on any pressing topics, if they come up at all. I didn't take this as an advice or help book, she's not an expert and says so from chapter one. Take this at face value, it's a ...more
Kimberly
Jun 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
Terrible. I picked this book up at the library (at least I didn't waste money on it!), thinking it would be nice to have a laugh in my 37th week of pregnancy. The only thing this book accomplished was making me hate Jenny McCarthy, her husband, and her team of "doctors". Luckily this is my 4th pregnancy so I'm pretty well versed in birthing babies, but I feel sorry for those first time moms who pick up this book. It's filled with worst-case scenarios, bad decisions, bad advice, fear, and complai ...more
Jessica
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall, this book was a hilarious, light-hearted, and fun read! Some aspects were very relatable! There were a few chapters, however, that as a Catholic/Christian, I believe are quite immoral and advice given in the book that is equally so. Not only this, but she mentions her Catholic Faith in the book, which is very misleading to Catholics and non-Catholic Christians alike that might not know Christ’s teachings on these things. Between that and the gratuitous swearing, I cannot give the book 5 ...more
Kendall Da Ponte
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a fun quick read that can help reassure you all the weird stuff you’re experiencing with pregnancy isn’t just you. It’s got a little language and adult parts but it did make me laugh out loud sometimes.
Alysa
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I laughed, I cried, and now I’m terrified for my own labor and delivery! I appreciate the honesty in this book, and I appreciate the friend who gave it to me.
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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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