Simply put, Belly Laughs is author Jenny McCarthy’s humorous recounting of each “pregnancy discomfort” she experienced in her pregnancy, from hemorrhoids to wildly ranging emotions. As you would expect, given her career (see below), there is a pretty big emphasis on sex and body image. There is also a lovely theme throughout the book of total excitement to become a mother.
McCarthy’s take-away in Belly Laughs is that much about pregnancy sucks, but women get through it and you’ll love your baby so much you would sign up all over again. It’s refreshingly simple compared to more educational pregnancy books. It is a good antidote to taking everything too seriously, a common pitfall among savvy, expecting parents. I found it pretty amusing.
The benefits of reading Belly Laughs, besides a chuckle here and there, are that it will help you feel less alone if you are experiencing some of the same pregnancy symptoms, and it will help you remember that they are normal and you’ll get through them. This also might be a very useful book for dad’s who are either having a hard time understanding why pregnancy is hard or who are simply exhausted trying to be supportive!
Belly Laughs’ Author, Jenny McCarthy
Jenny McCarthy is a popular TV and movie personality. She started her career as a Playboy model, moved onto MTV as a talk host for racy videos, and then had her own brief stint as talk show host. Some of her popular parenting work was in advocating against vaccines. Her child has either autism or Landau-Kleffner syndrome (depending on your perspective), and McCarthy has used many alternative therapies in efforts to treat it. She has been heavily criticized for her anti-vaccine viewpoint, which she has very recently appeared to moderate – “I will clarify my stance, which is still the same: That parents are in charge. Space it out, slow it down and do your homework. But I am not at all against vaccines.”