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The Bloke's Guide to Pregnancy [Kindle Edition]

Jon Smith , e-Digital Design
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This book takes a 'warts and all' sensible yet humorous look at the many stages of pregnancy. It explores the changes, physical and emotional, that any man can expect to see in his partner and in their relationship over the coming months. Becoming pregnant involved two people. The rearing of a child will involve two people; there is every reason that your partner's pregnancy should also involve the two of you, together. For any man that has been put off reading pregnancy books because he doesn't feel he was the intended audience or that something about the tone of these books was alien to him , yet he still has questions that need answers; then The Blokes' Guide to: Pregnancy is the book he's been looking for. As a father himself, Jon Smith realised, when his partner Lisa became pregnant that there was nothing out there that he could relate to. The Bloke's Guide to Pregnancy is the result. Jon takes a comical yet informed look at the ups and downs of life as a father to be.

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Covers everything a first time father-to-be will want to know about pregnancy. (Junior Pregnancy & Baby Magazine)

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'DARLING, I'M PREGNANT!' Three little words guaranteed to strike fear into the most grown up of first-time fathers-to-be. Sure, there are hundreds of books out there for the expectant mother. But they're often full of boring advice on diet and pelvic floor exercises, not to mention the kind of gynaecological details that'll make your eyes water. Sorry, but we just want the lowdown on what's happening and how it's going to affect us. A + B = C. Straightforward, unabridged and raw. The Bloke's Guide to Pregnancy - no flowery prose, just the truth, in bite-size pieces as easy to digest as a packet of biscuits. Based on over 100 interviews with blokes who lived to tell the tale, this book has real-life stories as well as loads of advice that isn't remotely boring (honestly). Now you'll be able to tell your trimesters from your triple blood tests, as well as discovering: MONEY - do we really have to spend my entire lager allowance on that hand-held breast pump? SEX - will it harm the unborn baby? (or am I just being arrogant?) BREASTS - will they stay that size forever? HOSPITAL PARKING SPACES - am I going to have to fork out L50 every time she thinks she's going into labour? ... and a whole lot more besides. 'Excellent advice and information on everything from options on the type of birth and medical interventions, to being the partner's voice during the birth' Relate Magazine Jon Smith is the author of Toytopia, a children's novel, and the proud father of Alia and Ronin. He lives in Bedford, England. Category: Parenting Cover Design: Steve Williams Cover Images: Mark Guthrie For further information on other titles published by Hay House, visit our website. L8.99

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 613 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House (1 July 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004AM771E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #207,503 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jon was born in the UK, where he remained until he was eighteen. A happy childhood; making daisy chains, holidays in the sun, a few minor brushes with the law and an obsessive interest in all things fantasy. No brace, few spots and only one broken bone and one broken heart (not his). It all went swimmingly.

Jon has lived and worked in the USA, South Korea and Eygpt and is currently based in Barcelona, Spain.

Jon writes non-fiction, children's fiction, musical theater and screenplays and has worked in the Internet industry for over 12 years.

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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful
As the only male nurse in our obstetrics dept' I contantly find myself being asked for advice & information from expectant fathers to be.
Even when it is one of my more than competent female colleagues that is more directly responsible for caring for the mother.
It seems that many F's2b, most of whom have already read significantly through the plethora of information out there, still hanker for a more familiar 'masculinely voiced' interpretation of what is happening to their partner (and themselves!)
At last someone has written one & one that manages to be anecdotally humourous and medically accurate at the same time.
I would and do recommend this book to any new F's2b aswell as to recent fathers, like me, who would enjoy an entertaining read.
My only gripe with the book is that I didn't write it first!
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A guide for blokes and birds 12 Jun. 2004
I thoroughly recommend this book to any man (not necessarily a 'bloke') who is about to embark on that most auspicious of journeys, and even to those already hitching a lift.
Because doesn't it feel like that? That we're just along for the ride? We've done our bit now what? Every step after the 'big news' is greeted with a reaction rather than expectancy. Sure we get insights from our better halves from the multitude of guides, journals, pamphlets and advice targeted specifically for them but what about us? Huh?
The BGtP is written by a bloke specifically for us blokes with testimonials from blokes. It lays it the scenarios, facts and details in plain English with relevance to our emotions (yes we have them), financial and biological position.
I confess that I read this book in retrospect of my offspring and wish that it had been available when I was getting ready for my first; it would have had me prepped for a few of the more 'grittier' moments that you sometimes don't get in the ladies' 'Mills & Boon' guides. I wish I'd had it for my second because, seasoned as I considered myself to be, it still would have had me better prepared (no pregnancy is the same).
Therefore, upon reading, I had the luxury of hindsight and was able to laugh out loud at the wit and the sheer ridiculous situations that pregnancy can bring rather than snigger uncomfortably at what the future might hold.
This guide will help any man to better understand what his partner is going through and help those expectant women to better understand how emotionally crap and actively impotent their men could be.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars informative witty writing for women and men 15 April 2005
By Annie
As others have commented, there's astoundingly little information for men who are having babies. I have a supportive partner who nonetheless couldn't get his head around the fact that my 'symptoms' were not psychosomatic, that I wasn't just milking the pregnancy for kicks (like, I'll feign morning sickness, gain 3 dress sizes, and develop acne on my bum just cos I can). My 'bloke', as sensitive and in touch with the feminine as he is, needed a book like Smith's that he could digest "like a packet of biscuits" without too much week-by-week pregnancy detail that is so characteristic of the majority of such material. It cuts to the chase, and is absolutely hilarious. Although quite graphic in places, I fully recommend it to impending and current Mums and Dads.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They Deserve to Know ALL the Detail! 28 Oct. 2004
By A Customer
Although quite graphic in parts, it's important that he knows what's coming, especialy for first time fathers. My husband had said he wasn't going to be at the birth as he didn't like 'all that stuff', when I told him that if he wasn't at the birth he wouldn't be at the conception he had a rethink!! Upon reading this he started to feel really excited, frightened, enthusiastic and all the other emotions that come with planning a family. It really helped to see that there were things that he would be in control of and would be resposible for and even if you don't like 'all that stuff' you don't have to see it. It's packed full of useful information as well as frequent jokes, sarcasm and wit to entertain and keep them reading. My husband had said that it answered all the questions he was too embarrassed to ask, feeling that he should know all then answers. Whether first timers or tenth timers I don't think anyone has all the answers so this book realy does help. Women will find themselves chuckling through it too, if they can get it of their partners. A good one for the ladies is 'The Rough Guide to Pregnancy' - Kaz Cooke, informative, not quite a Bible but hilarious!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for fathers-to-be everywhere! 25 Nov. 2008
A very wise man once said that, all things considered, Dads just aren't considered important in this whole preganacy lark. When my wife first fell preganant she scoured Amazon and the local bookshops for guides on preganacy and giving birth and raising children, and was overwhelmed with the selection on offer. I, on the other hand, didn't have the first clue about what to expect in real life, let alone what book(s) to buy - but then quickly realised that there were no books to buy! Yup, that wise man was right, as far as information goes Dads get the nasty end of the stick. Until, that is, Jon Smith's "A Bloke's Guide to Pregnancy".

Why did I want a guide to preganacy? It's not that I'm a particularly "new man", wishing to get involved with every aspect of the whole event, but I did want to learn more about my wife's preganacy if for no other reason than to be prepared when my wife started throwing up / crying all the time / eating us out of house of home (not that she did any of these things, by the way!). A friend of mine who had recently had a baby pointed me in the direction of Jon Smith's "A Bloke's Guide to Preganancy" and I sceptically picked up a copy. And boy, am I glad I did! Jon covers pretty much every aspect of preganacy from concept (as it were) to conclusion, and all points in between. It's written is a funny, easy to read style that allows the reader to dip into the book and read little sections as applicable to a situaltion just as much as being easy to read from cover to cover. The book's not patronising either, telling fathers-to-be what the score is without being overly scientific or "laddish", and is choc-full of facts that even my wife found helpful when she couldn't find what she wanted in her pregancy tomes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ... about what they need or crave - makes for good reading - kept a...
Hilarious and well worth it if your partner's pregnant - written in a real life perspective but it's true - all the while you sit with your pregnant significant other and your mind... Read more
Published 27 days ago by D. Adami
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gr8 read ideal for all new dad's
Published 29 days ago by michael cox
4.0 out of 5 stars Looks quite good, but typically once kid came along
Looks quite good, but typically once kid came along, books where the last thing I had time to read :-)

If you can make the time its got some handy advice
Published 3 months ago by Julian Jonathan Guest
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what a bloke needs
Very good read
Published 3 months ago by R Marks
2.0 out of 5 stars Good for super clueless
Being a modern man I already know all this stuff
Published 4 months ago by daren
5.0 out of 5 stars Every father to be should read this book
Quality book that every father to be should read. Really down to earth.
Published 4 months ago by james r adams
5.0 out of 5 stars my daughter will be in safer hands now!
A gift for my son in law. First baby! A great eye opener for what to expect! He is working his way through it at the different stages of their pregnancy! Read more
Published 4 months ago by hilary higgins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book for new dads to be
Published 5 months ago by June
3.0 out of 5 stars he seemed to like it.
just a little somethng for my son inlaw, he seemed to like it.
Published 7 months ago by bubbles
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy - if the bloke will read it!!
Both this for my son in law. I had a look at it and it was well written and full of explanations and good advice.
As far as I know he only glanced at it :-(
Published 9 months ago by moxxy-girl
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