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Jon Smith , e-digital
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7 Jan 2004
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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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House UK (7 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140190288X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401902889
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential pregnancy book - for men AND women 1 Oct 2008
Having recently discovered I am pregnant with our first baby, I went looking for some books for information. Most seemed dry, full of scary accounts of all the things that could go wrong, and pictures of the developing baby in the womb.

Yes, yes, I thought, but how is this going to affect US?

Well, The bloke's Guide to Pregnancy answers that very question.

Because my husband reads slowly, I read this before him, and found it to be spot on, funny AND useful. Now my husband is working his way thorugh it, and even a few pages in was saying 'ha ha, this bit's so tue'.

It gives guys an insight into how we women will be behaving and feeling, and gives them some tips on how to cope - much more useful than 'the embryo is now the size of a grain of rice' which may be interesting but isn't actually very useful.

If you only buy one pregnancy book, buy this one.
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 9 days 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 1 month ago by moxxy-girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great mens view on pregnancy funny to read but also very true
Published 1 month ago by nadine
2.0 out of 5 stars Lowest common denominator writing.
Aimed squarely at men who refer to themselves as "blokes" this book is fair line dimensional and base. Should have guessed really...
Published 2 months ago by Rob Moseley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a first-time Dad
I got this when we were expecting our first child and have since bought it for two other friends. One of them even has the sequel (Blokes Guide to Babies). Read more
Published 2 months ago by MR JONATHAN CHAMBERLAIN
1.0 out of 5 stars Really bad
This was too awful to be believed and my son did not find it to be at all helpful in understanding fatherhood.
Published 3 months ago by Debra Monthei
5.0 out of 5 stars recommend to all soon to be dads!
My husband never put this down. He was laughing so much. He has been more aware of what im going through and more sympathetic and understanding. Recommend to all soon to be dads!
Published 6 months ago by rachael
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
I was worried my husband wouldn't take an interest in my pregnancy so someone recommended this book to me. Read more
Published 9 months ago by kla715
1.0 out of 5 stars useless.
I thought I'd learn something from this book but i really didn't. If anything it was just annoying to constantly hear how shocking the news is and how to deal with it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr Gazmend Kllokoqi
5.0 out of 5 stars cracking
much of it is common sense but the angle it is written from, the tone, the choice of words is just right for the situation a reader will be in. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Andy.T
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