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Truly excellent - An essential and easy read for dads-to-be!
on 6 April 2010
There are hundreds, possibly thousands, of books aimed at women to guide them through pregnancy, but very few books aimed at the fathers. This book aims to redress the balance a little, by providing a guide for daddys-to-be that will help them to understand how their child is developing, and how to support and help their partner along the way.
The book has an incredibly easy to read, personal style that drew me in instantly and made me want to keep reading. I never knew a book like this could be such a page turner, and that is almost entirely down to the excellent style. It is very funny and had me laughing out loud often. As a woman, I was a little worried that the book might turn out to be one that made fun of women and their hormonal changes etc., but I was pleasantly surprised to find that women are treated with nothing but total respect in this book and the emphasis is very much on how the fathers should be taking care of the ladies during this time.
I found that this book really does cover everything you would want to know. It deals surprisingly sensitively with the worries and possibilities of miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies during the early months and tells you the signs to look out for in your partner and how to respond to them. It describes all the changes a woman's body will go through, from morning sickness to heartburn, and suggests ways to help and to be sensitive to them. It lists things that are safe to do and eat in pregnancy, things you will need to buy, decisions you will need to make about the birth itself, and even takes you right up to labour, encouraging overdue babies to arrive, and holding your little arrival.
The book is also laid out in a helpful month-by-month way and at the end of every chapter is a round-up of how your baby will have developed during the past weeks, and how your partner will be feeling/changing/coping. There is also a list of things to do at the end of each chapter, which range from the practical (don't let your partner do heavy lifting or change cat's litter trays, put a nighlight up on the path to the bathroom), to the forward-thinking (book into the best antenatal classes ahead of time), to the sweet and thoughtful (arrange a pregnancy-safe massage or pedicure for her).
I can't recommend this book enough. It is a fantastic starting point for any guy who is planning to be a good partner and dad before, during and after the pregnancy process, and it is informative and useful without ever being dry or boring. If you're a guy, buy it for yourself, and if you're a woman hoping to conceive, buy it for your partner - he'll be able to understand you so much better, and I wouldn't be surprised if this actually saves a few relationships!