what to expect antichrist coverWhat drove me crazy about pregnancy books during my own two pregnancies was the unspoken yet very palpable undercurrent of doom they all seemed to have in common. I had one friend who used to refer to the preggers bible What to Expect When You're Expecting as "What to Worry About This Month"; another called it "Neuroses to Expect When You're Expecting." Still another pal preferred "Eating Disorders to Expect When You're Expecting," thanks to the bleak dietary advice (which basically boils down to this: Eat anything besides wheat germ and cottage cheese and you'll give birth to an alien).

That's why I got a huge kick out of the new book What to Expect When You're Expecting the AntiChrist by Stephen Rhinehart-Jones and Josephine Rooney. Part of the End Times Handbooks series, this hilarious send-up of traditional mom-to-be literature calls out every paranoia-inducing "guide" on the shelves.

Forget those gloomy warnings about swollen ankles and gestational diabetes ... chapters like "Avoiding Contact With Priests" and "Visual Indicators of Infestation" put all the average pregnancy "woes" in perspective.

I would totally buy this book as a baby shower gift (provided my gestating friend had a good sense of humor). Because really, what's the most important thing for a mom to learn before baby arrives? How to laugh at this absurd adventure we call "motherhood," of course.

Do you think What to Expect When You're Expecting the AntiChrist would make a great baby shower gift?


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