Would You Take Parenting Advice From Snooki?
She parties, she curses, and she nurses. Snooki's writing a pregancy book, but will readers take her seriously?
Since becoming pregnant and giving birth to cute-as-a-button son Lorenzo this past August, Snooki, aka Jersey Shore star Nicole Polizzi, has traded in bar fights for bedtime lullabies, and now wants to dish to other moms-to-be about her transformative experience giving birth.
That’s right, Snooki is writing a pregnancy book!
As she blogged recently, “I am so excited to announce my new book that I’m writing right now on how I viewed my pregnancy and my stories!!! I hope that this book will help all pregnant ladies out there and also help you realize you aren’t as crazy as you think!”
While some may roll their eyes at the idea of Snooki giving out advice on pregnancy and childbirth— including one of Polizzi’s followers on Twitter who rants, “I feel like @snooki has no business writing a pregnancy book. Stick to liquor recipes & tanning lotion.”—there’s another school of thought that says Snooki is the perfect mom for the job.
According to a recent article in Slate magazine (“In Praise of Snooki! Feminist Mom“), the reality star’s willingness to get real about often tricky to discuss subjects, like breastfeeding and vaginal tearing, can help to make these these types of topics less taboo for the rest of to talk about, too.
For example, consider what happens on a recent episode of Polizzi’s reality show Snooki & JWoww when the new mom breaks out her breast pump during a limo ride to a club with her friends. While some moms still feel the need to sneak into bathroom stalls to use their pumps, viewers can see Polizzi waving hers to the beat of the music before putting it to use.
“On the way to the club, I think I should pump, just so my boobs aren’t sore, and y’know, I’m not leaking milk everywhere,” Snooki says during the recap. “I’m surprised I didn’t tear my vagina open with my stitches,” she adds, reflecting on her dance floor acrobatics.
As Slate writer Eliza Krigman notes, “This new-mom real talk resonates with me,” because “it’s important to see women discussing these issues in mainstream pop culture, where people subconsciously look for cues about what’s appropriate—to see a new mom and her friends talking candidly and comfortably about breast pumps and vaginal tears.”
What do other moms-to-be make of Snooki as a pregnancy guru in the making? “I feel like celebrities tend to sugar coat their pregnancies, but I don’t think Snooki will [in her book]. I think it will be a fun read! Would I ever follow her advice? Probably not, but who knows? She looks like such a happy mom and her son is adorable,” says Shelly Ivans, an expectant mom from Michigan.
There’s no word yet on when the book will be released. But we do know that Snooki has some choice words for her heckling fan on Twitter.
Her Twitter reply to anyone who doubts her prenatal know-how?
“Deal with it.”
Do you think Snooki has changed since becoming a mom? Will you read her book?
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