Jenny McCarthy– former ditsy-blonde co-host of MTV’s Singled Out, Former Playboy Playmate, and actress with screen and TV credits– has stooped to an all-time low with her new book Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth. In this case, though, her trademark raunchy humor has served her well.
The book is divided into chapters dealing with the common trials and tribulations of pregnancy. What is not common about this book, at least with the Jenny that the public is used to, is her witty insights, her ability to expose all those things your-mother-never-told-you (but should have), and the way her words elicit deep-from-within, spontaneous laughter.
Chapter headings include: Honey, Your Sperm Really Do Work! (Pregnancy Tests), Psycho Chick, Passing Stonehenge (Constipation), Hi, Porn Star! (Engorged Breasts), The Blue Twinkies (You’ll have to read this one for yourself!), and Pig in the Pasture (Sex while Pregnant).
McCarthy has something to say on every aspect of conception, pregnancy and childbirth that you can think of– from hemorrhoids to having sex during pregnancy. Be forewarned though– this book is not for the uptight or squeamish, and you might not want to read this book if you have never been pregnant but would like to someday. Better to wait until the dipstick turns color before you delve into Belly Laughs, or the naked truth just might change your mind!
While reminiscing on morning sickness, McCarthy says, "Strangers gawked at me as they saw me gagging in Aisle 3 holding up some cheese. It’s hard having these symptoms in public when you don’t look pregnant. If I were nine months along they would look at me like ‘oh look, poor little pregnant lady doesn’t feel so good.’ Instead they are looking at me as if to say, ‘Don’t bulimics puke after they eat?’"
Despite her complaints, illnesses and inconveniences, McCarthy admits that she would do it all again– even take on a few more dislocated ribs! At the end of the book, she says: "Welcome to the best job that you will ever have: mommyhood."
I’ll admit, as an actress, I never much liked Ms. McCarthy. I always found her rude, arrogant and irritating. After reading this book, I will admit that Jenny McCarthy has finally shown a different side of herself– one that I like much more. Any woman who has ever been pregnant will find themselves chuckling throughout this book, and may even find themselves, like me, pausing to read a section aloud to my husband (who by proximity, was forced to suffer somewhat with me during pregnancy).
I particularly like (okay, was thrilled by) the fact that Jenny McCarthy– cover-girl and playmate– gained 60 pounds during her pregnancy and expounds on her burgeoning new butt. Ironically, she also developed a severe distaste for skinny model-types too! The world is just after all!
At the base of this book is a woman, just like any other woman out there, who suffered indignities, indigestion and crazy cravings all for the sake of her unborn child. There is something really down to earth in that. Star or no star, Jenny McCarthy also belongs to another club, albeit under-rated and less popular– the Sisterhood of Mothers.