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The Expectant Dad's Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know by [Kemp, Rob]
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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

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 814 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091929792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091929794
  • ASIN: B003IQ164W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 263 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,222 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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I really found this book helpful, it's full of information. The information is mixed in with lots of funny comments which makes it very enjoyable. I would definitely recommend to any man who like me is going to be a dad for the first time.
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This book feels like it was written for future dads who didn't want to be dads in the first place:
- There is a section about why you shouldn't be cheating on the future mother of your child... Well thanks for that, don't think I need a book to be told in the first place, and it's really the last thing I want to read when preparing for my first child.
- In the first chapters, there is something about how to react when your partner tells you she's pregnant... First of all, if you have the book you probably were already told, so it's a bit late... And if you are preparing to have a child, already bought this book in advance, well you probably want to have a child... If you need to be told how to react, you should really rethink that.

But probably the worst chapter of all is the one that lists all the things you could potentially be freaking out (if your couple is strong enough, money problem, etc.). Thank you very much book, I wasn't thinking about any of these before you listed all of them in details for me! It's a "do not think about a pink elephant" type thing!

To me, it seems like this book is written for macho-men who don't really want to have a kid in the first place. There is a lot of "you should act like this" or "you should be like that", as if all men were just cavemen former monkeys who didn't know better. But I guess it's all in the title: "Survival guide"... You are not preparing to go into the jungle with only a knife for survival, only going through the happiest time of your life!
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Great book with just the right balance of useful information and tongue in cheek comedy! Useful to help digest all the stuff that gets thrown at you by different people over the course of pregnancy and gives a great summary of what she's going through, and what you need to buy.

Definitely recommend if you're expecting, and if you are - congrats!
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My husband had limited knowledge about any of the emotional/physical side effects of pregnancy/birth for his normally sane wife!! this book made for a very understanding husband and helped get us through the first few weeks post birth - lots of advice on other things such as finances too. Loved this would recommend to any new parents to be.
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I bought this for my fiance to read so he had a bit more info on what's going on! He loves it and always reads it and he sometimes tells me stuff I don't know! It's very grown up and not childish at all, lovely book!
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I love this book, I bought it for my husband but then I started to reach for it more than my own pregnancy books as it is well written, humourous but also with just the right level of information and perspective. It did the rounds with several other first time Dads-to-be after us who also bought their own copies thereafter. I'd say its a must have for all expectant Dads!
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I will admit that I haven't actually finished this book yet because I am reading it in stages along with my wife's pregnancy but up to this point it has answered all the questions I might have.

I would highly recommend it to any new dads to be.
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