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by Vicki Iovine

Your doctor gives you medical advice. Your mother buys you baby clothes. But who can give you the real story when you're pregnant? Your best friends of course - at least the ones who've been through the exhilaration and exhaustion, the agony and ecstasy of pregnancy. Now, four-time delivery-room veteran Vicki Iovine helps you through the next nine months the way only a best friend can. Here is straight talk about those little things that are too embarrassing to ask about, practical tips and hilarious tales on anything pregnant. From learning that you're expecting ('Oh my God, how do I get out of this?') to the day your newborn arrives ('You mean I have to take it home with me?') , Iovine gives you the low-down on: What really happens to your body - from morning sickness and wind to eating everything in sight; what to expect when going from being a babe to having one; common fears and paranoia - from turning into your mother to leaving the baby on the car roof; the many moods of pregnancy - or why you're so irritable/distracted/tired/lightheaded (well, more than you usually are); the pregnancy experts - from your mum to his mum, they think they know everything and they don't hesitate to tell you what you are doing wrong; how to have sex during pregnancy, should you so desire - bearing in mind you'll have no interest afterwards; looking and feeling your best - cautionary style tips from your best friend, who really would tell you if your perky new-mum haircut makes you look like a pinhead whale.
Download The Best Friends' Guide to Pregnancy: Or Everything Your Doctor Won't Tell You epub
ISBN: 0747533253
ISBN13: 978-0747533252
Category: Humor
Subcategory: Humor
Author: Vicki Iovine
Language: English
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (May 29, 1997)
Pages: 256 pages
ePUB size: 1591 kb
FB2 size: 1177 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 473
Other Formats: lit doc lrf rtf

I was hoping to get more information from this book than I did. I wanted to get the real story on all of the crazy things that happen to a body during pregnancy that doctors just don't tell you, but this book did not deliver that.

I would recommend this book as a fun read but not a first choice if you are looking for books on pregnancy. I am the type that wants more detailed information and this book was more of a commentary from a woman who has her own opinions and snarkey comments about pregnancy.

Please read an actual book written by medical experts on pregnancy before reading this book. Some of the opinions are just factually wrong, but the author does state many times that the books isn't meant to provide any factual medical advice.

The only point that really bothered me was the comment on how exercise should NOT be done at all during pregnancy because you should enjoy indulging while pregnant and if anything were to happen you would blame yourself. Yikes!
I think this book is a must have for all pregnant women. It gives a funny, honest look at pregnancy. I used it during my first pregnancy. It is hilarious! I had several other textbook type books on pregnancy but this one tells you straight out what to expect, which I found refreshing. I'm about to start reading the Best Friends' Guide to Toddlers. I can't wait!
I'm extremely upset that this book was not as it was pictured here. There is an updated book available on amazon and I would just get that one.
I agree with another reviewer that this book could scare a first-time pregnant woman. I've been reading it lately as a second-time pregnant woman and it's hilarious and extremely true for me and my experiences. She maps out my first pregnancy "by the book". It's also a book I wish my husband would read. I think Vicki Iovine read my mind. It does at times present a negative view of pregnancy, but I have to say from my experience, it's a very realistic view. I try to think back to my first pregnancy and birth and wonder if this would have scared me...I think it would have, but I would have been a little more prepared for what would really happen to me! This time around, it has been very comforting to read that so many other women experienced the same things I did in pregnancy and birth. For some reason - I thought I was the only person in the world who ever went through this!!! If you're looking for an honest, realist view of what I'd call an "average pregnancy" - this is a wonderful read.
Personally, I loved this book. I read it as a first time Mum and although some sections were a bit graphic, it was great for someone to finally tell it as it is! What I found scariest was when 'unpleasant' things happened and then I'd worry. But one quick read of the best friends guide reassured me that yes, what was happening was NORMAL! The best pregnancy guide I bought.

It will make you laugh when you feel like crying. I've recommended it to all my expecting friends.
This book is good for a laugh and more. It doesn't pretend to be a serious source of pregnancy related medical advice. It is a compilation of the experiences of one woman and her friends. With so many pregnancy books out there, one with a little levity is a must read.