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The Girlfriends' Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,470 ratings  ·  175 reviews
When it comes to your new baby, everyone from Dr. Spock to Dr. Brazleton has an armful of advice. But no one's delivering any tips on how you can care for yourself. Now, four-time delivery room veteran Vicki Iovine answers your questions, calms your fears, and cracks you up as only a girlfriend can, with straight advice and hilarious observations on... "Baby euphoria": Is ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by TarcherPerigee (first published 1997)
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Mindy Williams
Feb 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
This has the same type of flow and feeling as 'the Girlfriends guide to pregnancy', but I didn't like it as well as the first one. The first half takes you through the first week after delivery, which was a blur for me anyway, so by the time I got to this book I was already past it. The second half went quick and wasn't as helpful as I wished. ...more
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Not supportive of natural childbirth so it rubbed me the wrong way. But it was amusing at times when it was not offending me.
Jan 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Skip all the parenting classes and books in preparation for the birth of your first child. Honestly, if you showed up to the hospital, the doctors and nurses would instruct you in everything you needed to know and you could ask as many questions as you wanted! It's AFTER that baby comes home that you need the help! This book was my saving grace. I realized I wasn't going nuts and was sane and just trying to adjust to being a mom. A MUST read for all moms-to-be. ...more
Feb 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Funny, sincere and eye opening, and i would recommend to anyone who just has a baby. It is quite American but there's enough in there to make it worth the read. ...more
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: new moms
I got a kick out of Vicki Iovine's Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy, so when I came across "Surviving the first year of motherhood," I wasted no time in picking it up. While I enjoyed the first one, I loved the second.

I think this book should be required reading for all new moms, and soon-to-be moms, if for no other reason than the chapter "Blue, Baby, Blue" dealing with postpartum depression. This is easily the clearest description of the condition I've ever read because it says more than just "
Jul 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Trust Vicki to make you laugh through the most challenging year of parenthood. I've enjoyed all her guides and they are a nice contrast to What to Expect the First Year which tends to get me all worried that the kids are not developing as they should (or coming down with some awful disease). The Portable Pediatrician: A Practicing Pediatrician's Guide to Your Child's Growth, Development, Health and Behavior, from Birth to Age Five Is also nice to have on hand when you do start wondering about th ...more
Lauren Marshall
Jan 05, 2012 rated it liked it
I absolutely loves the girlfriends guide to pregnancy and couldn't wait to read this book. The title is complexly deceiving. It should be called the girlfriends guide to pregnancy continued. I thought this book would tackle issues about feeding, diapering, and development of the babies first year. Not so much. The first half of the book is about delivery and the first few weeks home with your little one. So if your baby is older than ~3 weeks old, like mine, this book will not be relevant to you ...more
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I like her books a lot. I learned how other mothers feel about a thing a child does. How to respond to other mothers advice, etc. Now when Julia is a toddler I will pick up that book of hers. :)
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: bookcrossing
I purchased this Girlfriends' Guide about 2 weeks into my first year of motherhood. I had loved Vicki Iovine's Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy and hoped for the same fun and entertainment in this book. Although The First Year is not as funny as The Pregnancy, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Again, Iovine offers silliness and fun anecdotes about first year milestones. The one thing about this First Year book: it's for the mother, not the baby. While I did not agree with many things Iovine thought ...more
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
There were a few times that I could identify with what the book was saying but overall, my pregnancy was almost nothing like how she described hers. Her and I are two totally different people so I found myself disagreeing with her about how you feel during pregnancy. Honestly though, I had it pretty easy with my first pregnancy.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This would have been more helpful to read while pregnant rather than four months after giving birth. I couldn’t connect with some of her advice or stories. The book had a few pieces of helpful information, but I skimmed most of it and am happy with that.
Jasanna Czellar
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it
While I enjoyed the author's informal tone, I just couldn't get into the book. She made some broad generalizations and that left a bad taste in my mouth. I didn't continue reading since I have plenty of other books to read that will likely be more educational and enjoyable. ...more
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I would recommend people read this before giving birth as much of the book is about the hospital stay and first few days of the baby's life. I would also say it applies more to the first 3 months of life than the first year. ...more
Naomi Brown
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
A little sassy and opinionated. Take it with a grain of salt, and it’s pretty good.
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Courtney Hatch
My sister gave me this book in anticipation of my motherhood. I get that you are supposed to feel that same "oh my goodness I'm not alone in all of these crazy emotions and experiences" feeling that people seek for in things like buzzfeed articles, and I think that this book does accomplish that. It is good at making you feel like you aren't the worst person/parent on the planet. The snarky tone of the whole thing, though, really turned me off. I got really tired of reading passive-aggressive co ...more
Feb 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I am so grateful for this book for describing the oftentimes less than glamorous aspects of raising a baby. Iovine describes how she would wear clothes that were comfortable enough to wear to bed but also looked okay during the day. This made me laugh because I did this at times when my sleep was erratically scattered about, without any stretch longer than an hour at a time. A new mom appreciates hearing that she is normal after all. I also think it's a case of misery loving company. I want to h ...more
Karen Freeman
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I recommend this book to any new mom. Consider it free therapy with a side of humor and wise advice from a supportive group of good girlfriends. I get this book down off the shelf after each child and read it to ward off postpartum depression. Read it in the bathtub, while nursing, in the middle of the night, whenever you get a chance. I predict it will make you laugh aloud at least once and will definitely have you nodding your head in mirthful agreement. I must warn you that the author is very ...more
Jan 26, 2010 rated it liked it
I don't agree with some of the parenting tips in this book as far as routines and sleep. As I have found success in other sources. But this was a great book for the humor in parenting. This book lets you in on many of the secrets no one indulges you in. For example what post labor is like. The book is funny because it's true and it is much easier to get through the first year when you have something to laugh about. I might have been scared had I read it before I had my son. It was a great read t ...more
Never would have picked this up on my own - Just saying. Iovine tries to appeal to every kind of mother, so I was able to find a few nuggets of recognition and validation. It felt good to have a former playmate of the year talk about feeling as about sexy as Alice from the Brady Bunch. And to feel assured that it will come back! I felt misty-eyed when she writes about that 1st birthday, making it to that milestone, crawling into their first baby's nightlite-glowing room with a tricycle, grinning ...more
Mrs. Schonour
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: parenting
I felt like a lot of this book didn't apply to me. Maybe I'd feel differently if I had a baby, but I can't imagine relating to this book even then. It seems very alarmist and goes against a lot of what I believe. For example, the book tells women that they must give birth in a hospital. I admire women who have home births. It seems as though this woman's relationship with her husband isn't very strong, which is sad. My spouse is definitely very supportive and wouldn't do any of the ridiculous th ...more
Deborah LaRoche
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I found the writing in this book a little cheesy, but I must say I learned a lot about what to expect during the first year with a newborn. As a potential adoptive parent, I skimmed a bunch of the stuff on breast feeding, getting your pre-pregnancy body back, etc, but the stuff about what happens in the hospital and what to worry about (and what not to worry) about with the actual baby was helpful.

It was also fun to go down the 90s memory lane, as the edition I read included the sage advice to w
Anna (Bananas)
May 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mother-stuff
This wasn't as useful as I'd hoped, but to be fair, I might've gotten more from it before my baby was 5 months old. It dealt with a lot of the initial mothering difficulties, things you figure out right away or after a month or two. I could have overlooked the arbitrariness if not for the somewhat vain (really, she's gonna drop a reference to her days as a playmate? WE DON'T CARE) and annoying narration. She endlessly reassures the reader about, well, everything. She glosses over the value of br ...more
Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mothers
This was so good I saved it for 3 years and last week handed it off to a friend expecting her first child. I told her to wait to read it until after the baby was born. Some things one just shouldn't have to think about until it is necessary.
The author's humor slices through all the "fun" parts of what happens to your life, your time and !! your body !! when you've had your first child without the rosy tinted goggles of "perfect motherhood bliss" (ugh). Here is reality, girls, but laughing about
Apr 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ha ha! I love Vickie Iovine! Her books are the best. This book is a funny read for any new mom (or old mom, I suppose). It goes fast, and you don't have to think while you read it, you can just laugh and enjoy it. It tells it like is, just like your girlfriends will tell you, but your doctor won't. (Like how your boobs get huge, or nursing kills at first, or you'll pee a little everytime you do a jumping jack after giving birth from giving birth on out.) I also really enjoyed "The Girlfriend's G ...more
Dec 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, parenting
Hmm, maybe reviewing this before the baby comes is premature, but I thought this book was really, really helpful to someone like me that doesn't know the first thing about newborns and caring for them. I thought the most helpful chapter for me was about health, particularly the "weird but normal" section. :) Definitely saved me some calls to the doctor's office.

And it was downright funny - always a plus. I love the way it is honest, but still full of beautiful descriptions about the joy of mothe
Dec 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
I don't think that Vicki Iovine and I would be Girlfriends in real life. She's a former Playboy centerfold who knows her normal body weight down to the pound and is married to a bigwig in the music industry. But for all we don't have in common, the woman makes me laugh (yes, out loud).

I know from having read The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy that I find her assertions about what's normal to feel and experience during pregnancy to be very reassuring. Though I'm not there yet, I'm sure that her
Heather Holbrook
Apr 27, 2014 rated it liked it
It was *okay*. I guess I just expected a little more- a little more funny, a little more topics dealing with baby's first year to be covered. The first third of the book is dealing with delivery and coming home with brand new baby which I felt should have been covered in the pregnancy book, leaving more room in this one for mothering AFTER those first few weeks have passed. Also a lot of the references were outdated so maybe an update might be nice? But there were a few a-ha and relatable moment ...more
Oct 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone expecting, or has a new baby
I definitely give this book 5 stars! Vicki Iovine has an incredibily funny way of sharing her own, and her girlfriends' experiences as a mom, and the trials and tribulations they went through. She has great advice, and its like sitting and talking with a great girlfriend about her experiences, hearing the good and not-so-good from a real point of view, versus informational books. Its a book you don't want to set down! ...more
Jan 09, 2009 rated it liked it
well, this book wasn't interesting to me.
I just read it because I have four pregnant friends, and one that just gave birth to a beautiful boy.

I wanted to know why the mood of a woman changes when pregnant, and to know how to treat her right. What to say and not.
I was impressed when I found out that when the woman is pregnant for the first time, her family and friends act like it were their first baby too.

I felt exited when I found out that 4 of my friends are pregnant!!!
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