Vicki Iovine was inspired to write her first book, The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy, after the birth of her fourth child in six years (no twins in the mix!) "Sure," she figured, she had "flunked the first two pregnancies by the standards stated in the countless books by "experts, due to a lethal combination of hormones, fear, fatigue," but she was horrified when, even with her study and experience, the next two pregnancies left her "just as chubby, forgetful, hormone intoxicated and flatulant as the first two."
It just had to be a conspiracy! Iovine turned to her Girlfriends who were gestating along with her or had recently "walked a mile in those moccasins" to see how so many of them could gain eighteen pounds in the first two weeks of pregnancy, have orgasm in their sleep and yet birth healthy specimens and mom could adore for life. The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy Vicki's take on all the tribal and anecdotal her Girlfriends shared with her about the reality of their not-so-perfect pregnancies. The book was an immediate hit 13 years ago and was revised and updated in 2008.
Following that book, Vicki has continued to write for her growing band of Girlfriends; Girlfriends' Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood; Girlfriends' Guide to Toddlers; and Girlfriends' Guide to Getting Your Groove Back. Next up is Girlfriends' Guide to Teenagers, to be published in late 2009.
Vicki lives in Los Angeles with her husband Jimmy Iovine and her two younger teens and whichever of the two now in college happen to drop by for a visit. Prior to starting Girlfriends' Guides, Vicki studied law at Hastings College of the Law and earned her JD degree and at Cambridge University, England when she earned an International Law degree. She also became a centerfold for Playboy magazine in 1979. Humor runs in the family.