Star Mom: Jenny McCarthy

It's a rare parenting book that describes labor as "blowing out your vagina" and condones popping in Teletubbies when you're hungover. But that's Jenny McCarthy for you.

The former Playboy model and MTV star has practically become a household name when it comes to advising new moms on surviving pregnancy and motherhood. She's now penned three books: Belly Laughs, Baby Laughs and, most recently, Life Laughs -- and launched a Website, IndigoMoms.com, to connect new moms across the country.

We sat down with the sometimes raunchy, usually hilarious and always brutally honest mother of a not quite four-year-old son, Evan, at a New York hotel to chat about her latest parenting adventures. What we learned: This seemingly unlikely motherhood spokesperson is really good at telling it like is.

What's funny about being a mom?
Everything! Your clothes change, your vanity changes, your conversation (you're discussing Barney instead of Oprah's latest hairdo) changes. And what kids say is so honest. Right now, my son is obsessed with boobies. Whenever a little girl walks by, he wants to lift up her shirt. I say, "That's my boy!"

You've said writing Belly Laughs was your favorite project. Was it hard to be honest about such a personal time?
It's actually hard for me to hold back! I tell the whole truth. You may not want to hear it, but I'm going to tell it like it is.

How did you even conceive the idea to write about your pregnancy and baby?
When I came home from the hospital with my son, I really had the chance to reflect on the last nine months&#8230 and my first thought was, "Everybody lied!" So I started writing about what it was really like. My son lay on the couch and I had my laptop on my lap and I typed out the first book with one finger.

 

What's the best parenting advice you've ever received?
My mother told me to break the cycle '- to stop repeating old patterns from your childhood that weren't necessarily that great and bringing them into your new life as a mom.

When friends ask you for advice, what do you dole out?
Give yourself mommy time. You're always smelling like a spit-up rag '- even just putting on frigging makeup can make a difference! Giving yourself time will change you so much and make you a much better mom.

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