Book 7 of 2015
I wondered if I should review The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy at first; I wasn’t sure since so much of what we read about pregnancy and parenting is based on opinion. But, after some internal debating, I decided to share my thoughts on the book, since there are so many pregnancy books out there and it’s hard to know which one will suit your needs best.
The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy was gifted to me from my dear friend Vicky, and it is definitely the most fitting pregnancy book out there for me. I was told by several mothers not to bother reading too many pregnancy books and to instead focus on what happens after the baby comes. Solid advice. That being said, there are so many changes happening to your body that it is nice to have a bedside book (along with some phone apps and baby growth books!) that candidly walks you through pregnancy and delivery.
Of course, with any pregnancy advice, many suggestions author Vicki Iovine gave I took with a grain of salt. For example, she advises against working out. Working out is what keeps me sane; I am very active and of course have to alter and change the way I do certain things (and I had to take some classes like Body Combat out altogether) but I say, to each their own. What I do like about the authors take on the matter, is that she realizes that everyone is different and there is no judgement. Iovine references a ton of her ‘Girlfriends’ in the book that she draws advice and stories from; all whom have had different, varied pregnancy and delivery experiences, and Iovine shares them with readers.
Bottom line: if you are going through your first time pregnancy, or thinking about getting pregnant, The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy is real. It’s funny, it’s honest and it addresses fears and thoughts you may otherwise be afraid to voice. That’s why my friend Vicky picked it out: she looked for the least cheesiest book on pregnancy for me; a book that would give it to me straight. Iovine makes you feel as though that by being pregnant, you are now inducted into an exclusive club (or rite of passage) and will always have something in common with fellow mothers and mothers-to-be who have gone through pregnancy, delivery and ultimately raising a child. It’s nice to know there is support out there from millions; even if you know it already.