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The Expectant Dad's Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know
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78 of 83 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 2010
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2011
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
on 31 January 2013
My husband didn't want to read any of my pregnancy books either because they were a bit too graphic for him or the sections for Dads seem to be "it's all your fault she's pregnant so now you have to make up for it!" But this one seems to deal with exactly the thoughts and feelings he has about the forthcoming baby, without being condescending. It also helped him to realise there are other guys in the same situation thinking the same daft things as him, and helps to explain them!
A must for any first time dad, and I thought it was pretty helpful for mum too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 June 2014
This was a very easy to read and entertaining way of learning how your life is about change for the better even though you will never sleep again or know the meaning of silence lol ;) and I find myself reading it again now that were having another little terror.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2011
I bought this as a gift on the basis of all the positive reviews and I have to say the good reviews were right. This is full of just the right kind of advice that expectant and new fathers need. It's funny and sensitive, upbeat and practical. It's clearly written by a dad for dads and this will appeal to all real fathers out there. The advice is delivered with fun and compassion but is backed up by lots of practical advice from experts at the top of their field. If you are a new dad or a dad-in-waitng, then this is the only book you'll need to read
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 May 2014
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2013
I recently purchased this for my husband and he is thoroughly enjoying reading it.

Some of it is a little tongue in cheek but it's written in a way that gets through to men.

The style of writing and humour isn't really my cup of tea but it is certainly communicating important issues and facts to the husband which is what I wanted!

I would definitely recommend this book to any expectant father.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 December 2013
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 March 2013
I purchased this for my partner as he didn't feel there was enough out there for men to read on pregnancy. He has been reading it up to the stage that we're on at the time, and feels that its been very useful. Its a well structured book and explains what i'm going through on a more understandable basis to him. I'm glad I made this purchase and it is being put to use effectively
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2014
Would recommend this book all day long. I think it was the first book my boyfriend ever read!! He was telling me about contractions and was well prepared when I had bad days as he would say 'it's expected at this time,I read it in the book'
Then give me a cuddle!
I even read it found it made the situation fun
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