Synopses & Reviews
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.
The practical, relatable, and humorous guide to surviving the difficult, awkward, and rewarding job of being a breastfeeding, working mom.
Meet the frenemy of every working, breastfeeding mother: the breast pump. Many women are beyond “breast is best” and on to figuring out how to make milk while returning to demanding jobs. Work. Pump. Repeat. is the first book to give women what they need to know beyond the noise of the “Mommy Wars” and judgment on breastfeeding choices. Jessica Shortall shares the nitty-gritty basics of surviving the working world as a breastfeeding mom, offering a road map for negotiating the pumping schedule with colleagues, navigating business travel, and problem-solving when forced to pump in less-than-desirable locales. Drawing on the war stories, hacks, and humor of working moms, and on her own stories from her demanding job and travel in developing countries, she gives women moral support for dealing with the stress and guilt that come with juggling working and breastfeeding. As she tells the reader in her witty, inspiring manifesto, “Your worth as a mother is not measured in ounces.”
2015 Axiom Business Book Award Winner (Silver) in the category of Women/Minorities
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
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
ABOUT THE AUTHOR