When it comes to your new baby, everyone from Dr. Spock to Dr. Brazleton has an armful of advice. But no one's delivering any tips on how you can care for yourself. Now, four-time delivery room veteran Vicki Iovine answers your questions, calms your fears, and cracks you up as only a girlfriend can, with straight advice and hilarious observations on...
"Baby euphoria": Is it a mind-altering drug?
"Husband? What Husband?": Taking care of the big baby, as well as the little baby
"I Want My Old Body Back!": What you can fix and what you can't
"The Droning Phenomenon": The inability to discuss anything but your baby for more than thirty seconds
"Do I Have to Become Carol Brady?": Conquering your fear of being a less-than-perfect mother
"Competitive Mothering": Coping with know-it-alls, finger-pointers, and others who try to "Out-Mom" you
NOTE: Pausing to read this book may be the only selfish thing you do all year, since you'll have time for nothing else!
Following the formula that made The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy a funny, honest and reassuring resource, Iovine has provided a sequel for new mothers. Women who do not have a close circle of experienced female friends to turn to for advice will find this a happy substitute, filled as it is with forthright woman talk on everything from why one's best nightie isn't right for the hospital to hiring the first nanny and going back to work. While this guide offers some pertinent child-care tips, the focus here is not on the new baby but on the new mother--her body, her moods, fears and worries, her relationships. Iovine and her candid, chatty friends share their wisdom about postpartum depression, surviving on very little sleep, getting one's old body back, and resuming a sex life. Especially valuable are the discussions of breastfeeding, for Iovine takes no sides but carefully and clearly helps women sort out the pros and cons of this emotion-packed issue, and the no-nonsense advice on getting the most out of one's pediatrician. Even experienced mothers can benefit from this candid, supportive guide.