Pregnancy is a wonderful and magical time, filled with joy and wonder about your precious impending new arrival. It’s also a time of anxiety and worry about what it will be like creating and housing an actual person for the next 9 months! My best friend and I were preggers at the same time and she recommended a book for me to read called, The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy, Or Everything Your Doctor Won’t Tell You, by Vicki Iovine.
If you are pregnant for the first time, GET THIS BOOK! It dishes on subjects such as: what it’s really like during the stages of pregnancy, what your breasts are actually doing, and the truth about pushing out a watermelon through a hole the size of a pea! Here are some examples of what the chapters cover:
1. “So What Makes You Think You’re Pregnant?”
This chapter covers some of the symptoms that you may be experiencing in that first month, like having to pee constantly, exhaustion, nausea, sensitivity to odors, and your period stopping (woo hoo!).
2. “Pregnancy is a Total Body Experience”
This chapter covers how your body may react to pregnancy hormones, extra weight in your fanny, swollen kankles, and how your breasts will take on a life of their own (can somebody say porn star boobies)!
3. Sex and Pregnancy
This chapter deals with the obvious — how sex will be now that there is a third party present. How will intimacy change as your belly begins to grow? Will I be interested in getting down and dirty with my husband? Will we hurt the baby if we do the deed?
4. “Looking the Best You Can”
This chapter addresses fashion — just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean that you have to look frumpy. There are many solutions and ideas to looking and feeling your best when all you feel like is a water-logged, busted can of biscuits!
5. “Labor Begins (Finally!)”
This chapter talks labor and delivery. From the “nesting” period to the worry of “Will I poop on the table during delivery?” and from the time you’ll be screaming for drugs to when you are finally holding your bundle of joy!
If you want a truthful example of what pregnancy is all about, I would recommend reading this book. Iovine tells it like it is, stretch marks and all!
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