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Very funny... unless you're the one she's laughing at
on 14 September 2004
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.