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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (4 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091929792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091929794
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Expectant fathers used to be left chain-smoking in the hospital hallway. These days most of the 500,000 men who become fathers for the first time every year in the UK attend the birth. This book aims to help those newbies be less anxious." (The Mirror)

Book Description

A practical pregnancy, birth and new baby guide for every man who has heard those two magic words: 'I'm pregnant' ... and immediately thought of two of his own

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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Becky on 18 Mar 2010
Format: Paperback
I have read of few books for dads on pregnancy and most have been quite jokey and blokey. Recently released this book was like a breath of fresh air.This book does have a really great sense of humour and speaks to dads in their language but it is no way flippant. The book is packed with expert tips from a male midwife, obstetricians, psychologists and `a man who knows a lot about car seats'

Each chapter roughly follows the pregnancy as it should progress and gives an idea of how the child is developing in the womb, how your partner is feeling and why she is in the mood she is and it contains expert advice and tips to help you make the right decisions. Lots of dads also share their story.

I think this book is fab...so easy to read, interesting and useful. It also shows great empathy towards a woman's experience and I felt the author really cared about mum being fully supported.

Some really useful parts of the book (often not addressed) are dealing with miscarriage, an explanation of the facts of life, a conversion chart for baby weights, a discussion of the dad dreaded nappies, a little chapter entitled when bump stops the grind (SEX!) And many other really useful bits every woman would want someone sensible to chat to her partner about.

The book also has a brilliant glossary at the back so all those new confusing words are explained. The last words in this book go to the mums in a nifty little section entitled the `Dos and don'ts of being a new dad according to new mums.' This is my favourite:

Don't sit next to your partner while she is breast feeding, put the TV on sports news move the remote put of reach then go upstairs out of earshot while we're left unable to move watching the bloody football for 40 minutes!

Oh how I wish someone had told my fella this!

Overall, I found this to be a very funny, immensely sensitive and deeply informative read. I would highly recommend this book to new dads.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By becks on 19 April 2014
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My husband isn't a book reader but I got him this as I though it was important for him to understand what was going on with me. He often referred to things this book said as we went through our first pregnancy together. I would sneakily read ahead to see what the book was about to tell him and it was humorous, easy to read and informative
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. A. Kay on 23 Mar 2014
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Bought this book for my son-in-law as he was hogging my daughter's book, while complaining that it wasn't aimed at him. He takes it to work to read in his breaks and also to bed, as his bedtime reading. He loves it and now feels more informed about what's going on and what to expect.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Russon on 25 Oct 2011
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I got this for my husband as we are expecting. Alot of it we already knew as he has been following me and my massive baby book. But this book is great for guys and gals! Everything is in plain english so makes it easy to understand and tells of all the highs and possible lows of pregnancy. Brill book and brill price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Wylie on 28 Jun 2014
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When looking for a book to help me through the experiences of pregnancy and early fatherhood, I wanted to read something that was written from the male perspective and this book delivers exactly that. It informs you of what will be happening with your partner through each trimester, what sort of things you can be doing to be prepared for the arrival of your child, and gives experiences from other dads. Would definitely recommend to any expectant father.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Q on 29 May 2014
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I've read through it and I'm determined my other half is going to love this, as much as I did. What makes this book great for all expectant fathers, is the honest insight to how us pregnant mothers feel and how our partner can help.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dibber77 on 20 Mar 2014
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I bought this for my husband and it helped him understand what was happening to me. A good read and a must have for all Dads to be.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alex R. G. Townshend on 27 Dec 2013
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Good for helping me decide what type of expectant dad I'm going to be. I'm opting for a mix of know-it-all and sympathetic pregnancy. You've got to play to your strengths!
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