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To be pissed off with the Yummy Mummy Survival Guide?

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babyignoramus Thu 21-Aug-08 17:49:30

Sorry rant here - but I'm only in the second chapter and this book is getting on my tits.

Included in the pregnancy bit is a suggestion that you re-consider keeping your pets and don't visit farms, zoos, pet shops or vets. The tone of it has made me so angry. Apart from the blatant scare mongering (or course you can visit a zoo ffs - just don't touch any animals and wash your hands after) pets are a commitment. Most people realise when they take on a pet that they might add a baby to the mix one day.
"ok, I've had my cat for two year and it's served its purpose as a baby substitute, but I'm having a real one now, so off it goes". Are people really that selfish and shallow? sad What happened to a dog is for life? The only reason I'd dream of re-homing my pets is if a) the baby is allergic or b) the pets themselves are unhappy at the change.

Sorry, rant over.

BouncingTurtle Thu 21-Aug-08 17:56:19

Bin it then - no-one is forcing you to read it!

CountessDracula Thu 21-Aug-08 18:08:29

I'm sorry
If you read something as pathetic sounding as the yummy mummy survival guide what on earth do you expect?

JKGrowling Thu 21-Aug-08 18:11:03

the title is enough to send me screaming for the hills.

isn't the author a big pal of MNHQ?

CountessDracula Thu 21-Aug-08 18:13:23

ahh she is so altruistic
She only wrote it for her yummy mates.
Not for cash

I wonder if she was a primary school teacher in a previous incarnation

sophiajane Thu 21-Aug-08 18:14:21

It ticked me off too - got it as a gift and the cover alone made me feel queasy..

Upwind Thu 21-Aug-08 18:15:49

as far as the pets go - I was advised to avoid cats because I've never had one. If you have had a cat for two years chances are, if you were going to catch toxoplasmosis you would have!

S1ur Thu 21-Aug-08 18:16:55

I just read the amazon write up and am shuddering with laughter.

'Forget the frump' 'every mummy can be a yummy mummy'


'This indispensable guide is the stylist, personal trainer, box of anti-depressants, bar of chocolate and best friend which every woman can carry around in her handbag'

See now isn't that an iphone that you can connect to MN on?

cthea Thu 21-Aug-08 18:19:01

I used gloves and mostly relied on DH for handling cat litter. I was quite distant to the cat during my pg. It was mutual but what if we'd been closer prior to that?

S1ur Thu 21-Aug-08 18:21:18

Cat shit is different though because of that toxioplasmosis thingummy.

You are likely to have had it already but it is also a very good reason to avoid handling cat poo.

PortBlacksandResident Thu 21-Aug-08 18:23:40

Lambs are best avoided too.

BUT - i'm quite sure farmers wives have been having healthy babies for centuries. Same with lady zoo keepers and small holders.

LazyLinePainterJane Thu 21-Aug-08 18:24:53


cthea Thu 21-Aug-08 18:28:42

There was something about vets, but when I google all I get is about infertility in Gulf veterans.

cthea Thu 21-Aug-08 18:32:01

OK, found something here about vets and miscarriage. Not relevant to a yummy mummy as it's about handling anaesthetic gases and pesticides.

domesticslattern Thu 21-Aug-08 18:56:25

It is such a rubbish book. It bangs on and on about bikini waxes. The tone of it drove me wild- you will feel worse after it than before, trust me. Throw it away instantly.

msdemeanor Thu 21-Aug-08 18:59:52

What I find dishonest is that the author had really bad PND and all this drivel about bikini waxes can surely only make women in a similar position feel worse.

spicemonster Thu 21-Aug-08 19:05:15

Book like that are always total pants. There was one written by four friends guiding you through pregnancy which had been left at our holiday cottage. It was definitely among the worst books I've ever had the misfortune to glance through. But me and my friend (who were both staying at said holiday cottage) were at a loss to understand why the book had been dedicated to one of the friends' children until I diligently read the back 20 pages and discovered that she'd died. So then we felt guilty for hating it so much.

msdemeanor Thu 21-Aug-08 19:07:09

The recent child-rearing guide written by two incredibly wealthy Notting Hill yummy mummies whose children are ALL at bloody boarding school pissed me off more than I can say.

babyignoramus Thu 21-Aug-08 19:08:23

I should point out I didn't pay for it - it is on loan from my sister (who is about as far from a yummy muumy as you get - in the nicest possible way!). I don't want to carry on but have a sort of horrified fascination. What made me chuckle the most was when she said - "don't worry, if you exercise and eat well, you will regain your figure!". Actually, I'd rather not regain my figure. Can I have Myleene Klass's instead?

msdemeanor Thu 21-Aug-08 19:10:44

If you are going to read a book, the Rough Guide To Babies is realistic and even quite funny in parts.

cocolepew Thu 21-Aug-08 19:18:11

I read one, but can't remember what it was called <helpfu>. It was very funny, in a meant to be way, not a 'go for a bikini wax before labour' type way.

domesticslattern Thu 21-Aug-08 21:15:19

OOOOOH babyignoramus I met Myleene Klass last week (long story) and she was very very nice. But also very very slender- I think she must put herself through hell to maintain her figure. I can't believe for a minute it has just come through a little exercise and eating well- more that her livelihood depends on her figure so she must work at it soooooooo hard. I felt like a right ten tonne tessie next to her.

She's written a book too apparently but I haven't read it.

Anyway, slight diversion there. <back to the thread>

hester Thu 21-Aug-08 21:19:36

Spicemonster, I read that book too - and really loathed it. (Though was in floods of tears when I read about the woman who died, leaving small children behind - NOT the thing to read with pregnancy hormones.) I particularly hated one part where one of them ranted on about having to attend antenatal classes with her best friend, and her fear that people would think she was [yuck!] a lesbian.

As a pregnant lesbian, I was less than charmed by the suggestion that being mistaken for ME was the worst fate that could befall a pregnant woman. Funnily enough, I didn't feel included in their friendship circle.

paolosgirl Thu 21-Aug-08 21:24:50

Any book that is a)about being a yummy mummy (who invented that bloody stupid term?), b)written by a sleb or c)advocates the use of unsweetened apple juice to satisfy the craving for sweet things, and lentils should be binned immediately.

TooMuchCider Thu 21-Aug-08 21:31:04

What is she banging on about bikini waxes then? That if you keep your chuff nice n smooth the baby will slide out while you're enjoying a coffee with the girls?

I had a book about pg my doctor mum bought for me and it was very factual and actually none the worse for it!

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