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How to be a Pregnant Father [Paperback]

Peter Mayle
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Publisher: Carol (1997)
  • ASIN: B003GEQQW8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light-hearted but on-the-spot advice 30 Jan 2000
Format:Paperback
We are a newly married couple & my wife is now pregnant. Obviously we are both delighted at the fantastic news, but conscious that we are from understanding what the next 12 months will bring us.
There are plenty of books describing in vast detail the process of pregnancy, birth and bringing-up a newborn baby. However they are often 400 pages long, very serious, hard to follow and lacking in punch.
This book came as light-hearted relief and being written with the father in mind is especially relevant to me. It is now a well thumbed & well loved book on my bedroom side-table.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming ready or not 23 Mar 2009
By MegH
Format:Paperback
This book was written by Peter Mayle before he became famous for his books on Provence. Although somewhat dated, many of the things he says are still very true and I have not come across a newer book which takes the place of this one. It is both amusingly written and well illustrated and should be read by any newly pregnant father who is wondering what he has let himself in for!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dated and not all that useful 31 July 2001
By Stephen Cords - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
At one point in the narrative the author recommends that you read some of your wife's pregnancy books to get an idea what's going on. That is the best advice this book has to offer. Read another book.
I found most of what was advised here to be dated and not all that useful given the changing roles in modern America. Most men do not need to read hints on how to make canned soup and the recipe for "Tuna Chowder" made my wife's stomach churn when I read it out loud. The entire chapter on what to do while in the waiting room seems superfluous in contemporary society where the husband accompanies his wife during the delivery.
There are some good words of wisdom peppered through the 1950s mentality though. Let your wife know you love her and that she's attractive. Get involved with the process right from the start and... and.....
Sorry. That's about all I could glean from this thing. I just saved you ten bucks.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the Busy Dad-to-Be 12 Dec 2000
By "susana@cyberport.com" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought this book for my husband shortly after we learned I was pregnant. I read it first and thought it was perfectly short and direct for the first-time and somewhat-frightened busy father-to-be. My husband didn't read it until after our baby boy was born. At which point, enraptured by our son,he read it from front to cover and tried out all the recipes included during my first couple of weeks home. The recipes are simple, but really, really delicious. He still refers to it for certain dishes. My bet is that he will read it again, but at the beginning of my next pregnancy -- not the end of it!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very bad information--should get relegated to the trash pile 16 May 2006
By B. Warren - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I actually had checked this book out of our local library when we found out my wife was pregnant. The advice is so dated and bad (mind you, it was first published in the 1970s) that it can only be treated as bad humor as opposed to information. It advises you to take your wife out for one last alcoholic fling when you find out she's pregnant, offers advice that is no longer relevant for the birth, and really bad cooking advice. It does not reflect any current knowledge and could give a guy a very wrong idea about what to expect. May it go out of print!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short and Cute but slightly outdated 2 Jan 2012
By bee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I think it's a good first book for a guy to read, besides the obvious things to not do, like going out for some drinks when you find out she's pregnant, the rest of the advice is general and okay. Be attentive to your wife, let her know you are there for her, attend to her needs, etc. Not bad advice, but when a book tells you have plenty of quarters to call people from the hospital, you have to remember to take this with a grain of salt.

As a first book I recommend it because it's a light read, but I definitely recommend reading MORE books :)
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars if all you need is a laugh or two.................. 29 April 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
The author has tried to cover too much ground, with the usual result that much of it is skimmed. You may be able to glean a few good points, but don't put all your hopes in this being your sole source of information, it just can't do it. Not only is it generally flighty but also occasionally ill-informed; "giving a pregnant woman champagne". If it had been a clear-cut comedy book I could respect that, but the chuckles are weak and a few are not even funny being disrespectful to women. I have been a bit harsh perhaps in reviewing this book, if this is not the only book/class/etc the expectant father learns from it is ok as a mild humor book. Hopefully it will prompt the purchase of a more accurate and informative book.
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