I appreciate any woman’s story and learn so much from every brave woman who shares her’s. Baby Bumps is Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi’s story about her pregnancy, birth, and the first few months with her baby. Seeing as I have never been a party girl, I learned a few things not particularly pregnancy-related from this book as well!
In a lot of ways, Baby Bumps promotes everything that frustrates me about pop-maternity culture: pregnancy as gross, the pain of birth as terrifying, over-emphasis on body image, and very materialistic. This book is framed differently. It is a woman sharing her experience, not an authority promoting “shoulds” or judgements on other women.
A lot of women, because we do all live in this same culture, will feel a lot of the things that Polizzi feels and shares in Baby Bumps. She will root you through your darker emotions, especially fears about giving birth. Even if you share none of Polizzi’s feelings or values, you may gain some strength from her “f**k them” attitude that says that she will do pregnancy her way.
In Baby Bumps, Polizzi serves as an awesome role model when she refuses to allow judgements to touch her self esteem and displays flexibility, commitment, emotional honesty, total excitement, lots of love, confidence, and trust. She affirms women and each woman being true to herself. She gives and receives from friends and family. She eliminates alcohol and tobacco from her life while pregnant and loses weight by working out and eating well regularly.
One story in Baby Bumps is a tale of how she and her finance navigate the strong feelings that come up when both parents are dedicated to their new baby and have different ideas about what that baby needs in a mom or a dad. Her story shows that both being true to herself and dedicated to her family, which demands some real soul searching, flexibility and clarity, make it possible to co-create a family that works. Her lifestyle, and her pregnancy/birth/breastfeeding choices, look nothing what-so-ever like mine, but I come away from this book grateful to her for her strengths and what I can take to heart in my own life because she shared hers. If your lifestyle does resemble hers, I’m sure you will find her words empowering. If it does not, you’ll need to put some of your values on the shelf to read between the lines for the gifts that are still there to glean.
Baby Bump’s Author, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is an MTV reality-show star particularly known for extreme use of alcohol and outrageous sexual behavior.