Expecting a baby can be exciting, overwhelming or uncharted territory.
I was so excited with my first pregnancy that I bought and read a ton of pregnancy books. I wanted to know what to expect every month, week, day — pretty much every minute — of my pregnancy.
Now three kids later, I’m well-versed in pregnancy textbook knowledge. So much so that I didn’t think I’d ever need to pick up another pregnancy book.
That is, until I saw the cover of “It’s Really 10 Months: Delivering the Truth About the Glow of Pregnancy and Other Blatant Lies”
The title alone made me stop, laugh and crack open the book. It was spot on. No one ever tells you that pregnancy actually lasts 10 months — and not the nine glowing months you thought you had.
I’m not pregnant. Not planning on it. Not even thinking about it. My sons are ages 10, soon-to-be 5, and 3. But I thumbed through the book anyway.
The book broke pregnancy down to the ridiculous. No, really, it did. The chapters were short and hysterical stories and email messages — provided by Omaha authors Natalie Guenther, Kim Schenkelberg and Celeste Snodgrass — about things that happen to expectant mothers.
For instance, one woman dished on the stretched-out pregnancy bra she was still wearing. The others chimed in.
The longtime friends decided to write the book after scrolling through their email messages to one another about pregnancy. They never imagined it would turn into a book. An award-winning book at that. The women won the Mom’s Choice Award in 2013 for the humorous book that sheds light on what actually happens to women during their 10 months of baby-carrying — from due dates to morning, noon and night sickness.
One of the chapters narrowed in on how a woman feels after giving birth: chubby. And why won’t that belly fat go away?
But the book isn’t all about giggles and laughs.
Medical advice from Dr. Robert Bonbrake — who the women referred to as Dr. Bob — is sprinkled throughout the book.
The authors will host a book signing Nov. 3 at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Holiday Fair from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The fair will be located inside the Thompson Alumni Center, near 67th and Dodge Streets.
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Anna Backhaus, 29, is a mother of three boys and student at University of Nebraska at Omaha, interning for momaha this fall. Read more of her blogs, by clicking here.
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