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The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy: (or Everything Your Doctor Won't Tell You) (Girlfriends' Guides) Paperback – 10 Mar 1997

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; Front and Back Cover Bent edition (10 Mar. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671524313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671524319
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 1.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Newsweek" Leaving the medical domain to the medical professionals, Iovine focuses on the practical, social, emotional, and physiological aspects of pregnancy....Iovine and her gaggle of Girlfriends are ready with reassuring and frequently irreverent advice. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Sept. 2004
Format: Paperback
If you automatically agree with Ms Iovine and what she chose to do and believe during her 4 pregnancies, then you will find this book a great, funny read. BUT, if you have your own mind, ideas about what is best for you, your life and pregnancy that don't concur -- you will be laughed at, dismissed and lambasted in this book.
Ms Iovine pulls no punches is making it clear that any woman mad enough to exercise during pregnancy is putting her baby at risk and will, ultimately, be responsible for her own miscarriage. Such a woman is characterized as selfish and vain, supposedly thinking more of herself than her child; in other words, she is a bad 'girlfriend' -- what century is the author writing in?!
She also has no patience and many ironic jibes to hurl at any woman who would choose to have anything but an ultra-medicated in-hospital birth attended by a male (poss female) obstetrician.
If you don't book your epidural and c-sec before your 1st trimester is done, or you think that breastfeeding is really worth all the trouble and discomfort, then you are characterized as some latter-day hippy nutter who needs to get with her program.
Also, even as an American living in the UK looking for an back-home perspective, this book is far too steeped in the US medical system for me. It is very dismissive of midwife care (which is the norm in the UK, but still illegal in many US states) and homebirth (which is a woman's right in the UK and encouraged as a healthy option for healthy women). If you have ever even contemplated such things for just a few minutes -- let alone if it is the norm where you live -- you are laughed at in good detail.
I was not impressed with this book. I'm sure I cannot be the only one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Expatista on 26 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
YIKES! To read this you'd think that pregnancy and childbirth are the most unnatural things in the world. I can't believe it sells itself as a fun book on pregnancy when it is so depressing. It's written from an outdated and negative viewpoint and should not be taken as the normal perspective on having children. If this is your first time and you want to enjoy the process, find another book and don't freak yourself out. Luckily I'm on my second pregnancy.

The author's lighthearted writing style can be a nice break from the standard preganancy bibles, but a lot of her jokes are disturbing. The anti-exercise comments pointed out by other reviewers seem like harmless fun to those of us who just want to put our feet up... until she claims that you could hurt your unborn child by exercising. What kind of exercise does she think gym-goers are contemplating doing while pregnant?!! Frankly I wish I had exercised more during my last pregnancy so I'd have felt healthier when the baby arrived.

Worse is how she jokes that c-sections keep your pelvic floor "like a teenager's." We WISH. Why doesn't the "straight-talking" author tell the truth about that? Because it's funnier to make a joke? My friend who's soon to be having a hysterectomy at 39 after c-section complications was up in arms when I let her read that section. I know it's not a medical manual, but that sort of flippancy is unconscionable.

I could go on but there are too many problems to list. As others have commented, this book does not have a British edition here so expect all medical system references to be inapplicable in the UK.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on 24 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
There are just so many pregnancy books out there that are full of serious information about the rights and wrongs of pregnancy: what to eat, how to birth, decisions about genetic testing... I think the Girlfriend's Guide is a great break from all the seriousness. She WILL have you laughing about pregnancy. It's a simple and very light read that I enjoyed having beside my bed when I wanted a break from all the "information" coming at me.

Now having said this, please beware that this woman is talking from a layperson's perspective and she doesn't pretend otherwise. I found myself irritated at her outdated views and her major lean toward medicated birthing. She also has very random views about what you should and shouldn't do with regards to exercising, eating, drinking and dying your hair. The key is just to take the book for what it is: a laugh about the discomforts and peculiarities of pregnancy. It is chatty and humourous. It is NOT a book to help you make decisions or get advice from experts. If you can completely let go of that expectation, you will find this book refreshing and fun.
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By Nix on 12 Sept. 2012
Format: Paperback
I have read most of Vicki`s books. I have also just finished reading most of the reviews here. My opinion - of anyone with 3 stars or less is simply: lighten up! Yes, preganncy is a beautiful, spiritual, emotional experience. It`s also flipping GROSS! Vicki is not an expert, nor does she pretend to be. If you want expertise, there are ample pregnancy and childrearing books to choose from (my personal favourites are the "What to Expect" series.) But if you want to have an out and out laugh and not take yourself and the "condition" you find yourself in too seriously - this book and all her others are fabulous. They don`t pull any punches, and are a little "nineties" - I mean no disrespect by that, but as anyone who has ever had children will know, opinions and fashions in obstetrics, early childhood, childrearing and teenage angst change by the year. But if you want the god-honest truth from a "best friend" - she will absolutely give it to you. Of course, whether or not you choose to take it is entirely up to you. Summed up in 3 words: intellectual chick-lit. Once you wind up pregnant, what more could you possibly need? Except perhaps an epidural......
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