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The Girlfriends' Guide To Pregnancy

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Your doctor gives you medical advice.

Your mother buys you baby clothes.

But who can give you the real skinny when you're pregnant?

Your girlfriends, of course — at least, the ones who've been through the exhilaration and exhaustion, the agony and ecstasy of pregnancy. Four-time delivery room veteran Vicki lovine 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 straight talk about those little things that are too strange or embarrassing to ask anyone about, practical tips and hilarious takes on everything pregnant. From learning 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 the baby home with me?"), she gives you the lowdown on:

  • WHAT REALLY HAPPENS TO YOUR BODY — from morning sickness 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, rest assured your anxieties are perfectly normal.
  • THE MANY MOODS OF PREGNANCY — or why you're so irritable/distracted/tired/lightheaded (or at least, more than usual).
  • THE PREGNANCY YENTAS — from your mom to his mom, they think they know everything — and they don't hesitate to tell you what you're doing wrong. Girlfriend, take heart: if it's working for you, then you're doing just fine.
  • HOW TO HAVE SEX DURING PREGNANCY, SHOULD YOU SO DESIRE — bearing in mind you'll have no interest afterward.
  • LOOKING AND FEELING YOUR BEST — cautionary style tips from your best friend, who really would tell you if your perky newmom haircut makes you look like a pinheaded whale.

When you need a reassuring voice or just a few good belly laughs, turn to The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy.

About the Author

"A day late and a night's sleep short" is the motto of writer, columnist, wife and mother (not in that order, of course!), Vicki Iovine. Vicki began her writing career after the birth of her fourth child (in six years) with the publication of The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy. This book struck a chord among women who found maternity an altered state, and Vicki soon became a regular contributor on such shows as Today, Oprah and The View.

She kept in lockstep with the reproductive years of her readers and published The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy Daily Diary; The Girlfriends' Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood; and The Girlfriends' Guide to Toddlers. Vicki is pecking away at her keyboard to finish her fifth book, which deals with parents of school-age kids, for release in fall 2000.

Always armed with an opinion and lots of experience, Vicki is currently the "new mommy" advice columnist for Child magazine in a monthly feature called "Girlfriend to Girlfriend." And with fifteen years of marriage under her belt, she regularly contributes articles to Redbook as the "Marriage Advisor" on the mysteries of the man/woman thing. Most recently, Vicki became the family advice columnist in the Sunday Los Angeles Times.

Far more years ago than she cares to calculate, Vicki graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. She went on to earn her J.D. at Hastings College of the Law and is a member of the California Bar Association. Vicki was also a Rotary International Scholar and attended graduate school in England at Cambridge University where she earned an LL.B. in International Law. She took some time off during these legal studies to pose for a Playboy centerfold, when she was selected Miss September 19 — (you guess).

Any spare moments she can find are devoted to her role as a Director of Special Olympics International, the athletic program founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver for people with mental retardation. Along with her husband, Jimmy Iovine, and Bobby Shriver, Vicki produced two "Very Special Christmas" records of original and traditional holiday songs performed by the biggest rock, rap and pop acts of the time. Proceeds from those records have exceeded $60 million, every dollar of which has gone into the international program.

Vicki divides her time between her car and her home in Los Angeles. The kids are now ages five, seven, nine and eleven. The husband isn't telling.

Look for her to introduce the Girlfriends' Guide on the internet later this year.

Table of Contents

Contents

INTRODUCTION

FOREWORD

WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK

1 So, What Makes You Think You're Pregnant?

2 Sharing the Wonderful News

3 Pregnancy Is a Total Body Experience

4 "I Never Imagined My Body Could Feel Like This!"

5 Pregnancy Insanity

6 You and Your Doctor

7 Prenatal Tests

8 Exercise and Pregnancy

9 Sex and Pregnancy

10 Looking the Best You Can

11 Husbands of Pregnant Women

12 Coming Into the Homestretch

13 What to Take to the Hospital

14 Baby "Stuff"

15 Labor Begins (Finally!)

16 Going to the Hospital

17 Postpartum Dementia

18 "The Old Gray Mare, She Ain't What She Used to Be"

TOP TEN CONCERNS OF PREGNANT WOMEN

TOP TEN REASONS WHY YOU'LL DO THIS ALL OVER AGAIN

POSTSCRIPT

INDEX

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Product Details

ISBN:
9780671021764
Foreword:
Iovine, Vicki
Author:
Iovine, Vicki
Author:
Lovine, Vicki
Publisher:
Atria Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Pregnancy & Childbirth
Subject:
Pregnancy & Childbirth - Pregnancy
Subject:
Pregnancy
Subject:
Pregnancy & Childbirth - Childbirth
Subject:
Child Care
Subject:
Topic - Family
Subject:
Childbirth
Subject:
Female friendship
Subject:
General Family & Relationships
Subject:
Parenting - Child Rearing
Subject:
Topic - Marriage & Family
Subject:
Humor-Family
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st hardcover
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
no. 54
Publication Date:
October 1999
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 18.41 oz

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