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The Best Friends' Guide to Pregnancy: Or Everything Your Doctor Won't Tell You [Paperback]

Vicki Iovine
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

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29 May 1997
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.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; First Edition edition (29 May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747533253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747533252
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 14.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Nearly All the new mothers I've talked to mention this book, ... An upbeat rundown on what to expect," -- Independent, The Information, 25th September 2002

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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 talks to you the way that only a best friend can- in the book that will go the whole nine months for every mother-to-be. Here is straigh talk about those little things that are too embarassing to ask anyone about, practical tips and hilarious tales on anything pregnant.

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
I bought this and one of the conventional 'this is what happens at twenty weeks, as long as you eat broccoli every day' type books at the same time. I read Vicki Iovine's book in an afternoon, including reading about a third of it out to my husband! As first time parents, we both enjoyed the way the book is written, and it quite literally tells you things that you would be more inclined to ask your friends about after a few glasses of wine (which of course, you're avoiding at the moment!)
I have since bought the book for another friend, who again read it in less than a day! By all means, buy the pregnancy and birth bibles, they tell you many valuable things, but if you also want a book that gives you answers whilst recognising that you don't lose your sense of humour along with your waistline, this is the one for you!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars all things to all women...? 2 July 2007
By Marie
I heard a rumour that it's possible to give birth without reading any books. Maybe so, but I found that the books helped me cope with my lack of knowledge and lack of courage. You only need to read 3 or 4 of them. I know because I read 10 of them.

The Best Friends' Guide was my favourite. It made the whole thing seem more human, more bearable, more possible. It deals with aspects of pregnancy that the textbooks don't.

You still need a textbook. I'd recommend Anne Dean's 'Pregnancy Bible'. And an exercise book. I bought 'Pregnancy Fitness'. Good luck with that. And, even though it was written by a mere man, I enjoyed my partner's favourite book, Andrew Cullen's 'From Here To Paternity', which does for men what The Best Friends' Guide does for women - tells the truth in an intelligent, reassuring, entertaining way.

No single book is all things to all women. The BFG may not be infallible, but it's invaluable, like any best friend.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughed and cried 17 Mar 2006
By A Customer
Having read many 'official' pregnancy books (and there's nothing wrong with them, apart from they're scary!) this one had me laughing from about page 3 - and crying every now and then as she brings home not just the humour of what it means to be pregnant, but also the wonder of it all. HIGHLY recommend.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Friends' Guide - what a relief!! 20 April 2006
By Lizzy O
After reading loads of literature I felt terrible that my first 3 months were dogged by 24hr nausea and such low BP I couldn't stand. This didn't sound like the wonderful experience other books said pregnancy should be! The Best Friends' Guide really did feel like a best friend and when I was at my lowest it lifted my spirits and made me laugh and cry with a real look at pregnancy and, low and behold, it turns out I'm normal after all! Vicky Iovine swallows her pride and writes like my own friends speak (if only I lived closer!). Don't buy it if you just want facts without the grotty bits but if you need reassurance because you find you're no earth mother, this is the one for you!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and informative 17 May 1999
By A Customer
This book is fantastic. It gives a realistic account of what pregnancy is like from morning sickness to birth and beyond. It tells you what to expect, the good bits and bad. It was refreshing to read such an honest pregnancy book. I also liked the style - it made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. This book is absolutely essential for all pregnant women. I highly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Throw away all your other pregnancy books 21 Sep 2003
The only book on pregnancy that reassures. Everything else I read managed to make me feel guilty and inadequate. This book is realistic, not negative. It is empowering, calming and funny! It is also good for dad's too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relieves the monotony of pregnancy! 26 Mar 2002
By A Customer
As a very hormonal mum-to-be, this was a life saver. I would read it in the bath and laugh until I cried. So much in fact, that my husband would see the tears streaming down my face and think I was upset about something!
The 5 stars are more for entertainment value than information - I had Miriam Stoppard et al for that so I'm not complaining.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant! 15 Aug 2001
What a relief to find a book that is truthful, insightful, reassuring & very informative, not to mention devilishly humorous! I have recommended this book to expectant friends & they have enjoyed it thoroughly! I would say it is a must have for a first time mother! Please do not listen to "wet" people who say it scared them or depressed them. Please, get a life! This book is not depressing & it does everything to ally your fears, not create them!To the person who said this book should not be used for medical advice, this book isn't intended for that purpose & the author actually states that in her book! She doesn't pretend to be a doctor or nurse or a know-it-all! She just tells you of her own & her friends experiences! Having given birth to 4 children, she is well qualified to give advice!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I found this so helpful, I'm even saving it incase we have another (I might have forgotten vital parts of info!)
Published 2 months ago by Amy
3.0 out of 5 stars Light read
This book is an easy going read full of titbits of information. Possibly not the most well researched or medically sound book but fun to read.
Published 9 months ago by Rev Ruth
1.0 out of 5 stars Too much negativity
I found this book utterly unhelpful in terms of my self confidence and an outlook on pregnancy. This book told me over and over how pregnancy is an ugly affair and I am expected to... Read more
Published 19 months ago by amarok806
1.0 out of 5 stars Offensive, patronising tripe
Look, I'm American myself, and there are so many better books about pregnancy that come from the US - why this was brought over to the UK I don't know! Read more
Published 22 months ago by E Lockhart
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
With this being my first pregnancy I was keen to purchase a good easy read that would fill me in on the basics without being too clinical or full of medical jargon. Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2011 by Smithy1234567
2.0 out of 5 stars A US centric patronising read
I got this book out of the library after seeing the +'ve reviews on here. I'm glad I didn't buy it. Much of this is written for the US health system which seems very different from... Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2011 by M. Witt
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, informative and refreshingly honest
This book is great. As a first time 'mum to be', I found this book a god send. It is refreshingly honest, full of humour and I found it very reassuring. Read more
Published on 21 July 2011 by Sunflower
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!
This book is brilliant and had me laughing out loud. It would be a good eye-opener for first time mums-to-be, but even as a second timer I enjoyed it's humour and could relate to... Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2010 by p1pnbean
4.0 out of 5 stars hilarious - but not one for advice
This book cheered me up no end when I was feeling huge or overwhelmed by the whole experience. It's really funny and had me laughing out loud in recognition of some of the... Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2010 by Molly R
1.0 out of 5 stars Please don't read this book
I've never written a review before but felt I really had to for this as it scares me that people might read it and believe it. Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2010 by jacqueline
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