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Dad's Guide to Pregnancy For Dummies Paperback – November 12, 2010

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A practical, hands-on guide for fathers-to-be

When it comes to pregnancy, your role as a dad has changed so much in the past few decades that it's hard to know where to turn for guidance. Now you do! This hands-on, friendly guide is packed with practical information for fathers-to-be, covering all of the logistical, physical, and emotional aspects of pregnancy from your unique perspective.

  • Take the fear out of fatherhood — find out what modern fatherhood means, determine if you're ready for the financial and emotional demands of a baby, and learn what you don't know about conception

  • Pregnancy and childbirth 101 — get the lowdown on what to expect during pregnancy, labor, and delivery, from your perspective as well as your partner's

  • So you're a father — oh, boy (or girl)! — discover how to care for your newborn — from bottle feeding to changing diapers to soothing your baby

  • Be the perfect postpartum partner — support your partner by helping with the baby and household, and by attending to her emotionally as well

Open the book and find:

  • How a fetus develops in every trimester

  • Advice on when and how to share the good news

  • Tips on baby gift registry and setting up the nursery

  • What to expect during labor and delivery

  • What to expect the first six months after the baby arrives

  • The 4-1-1 on feeding and changing diapers

  • Tips for dealing with common illnesses and emergencies

  • Survival tips every new dad needs to know

Learn to:

  • Grasp the logistical, physical, and emotional aspects of pregnancy

  • Understand what to expect at doctor's visits

  • Be a supportive partner during (and after) pregnancy

  • Know what to expect during labor and delivery

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (November 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470767901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470767900
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I hadn't actually read any of the "For Dummies" series before, and I have to admit that I agreed to read this one with a little trepidation. I had been given another "pregnancy for dads" type book before, and it was patronizing and condescending, at least theoretically in the name of humor. I thought it likely that a book which sells itself as being "for Dummies" up front might take that same tone. Fortunately, it did not.

The timing of this read was perfect for me, as my wife was pregnant with our first child. I did my best to read the book in relevant real-time, i.e. following along at the same pace as the pregnancy itself. I enjoyed the book, and found it useful and accurate (if not exactly fascinating).

Throughout the pregnancy, the recurring advice we received was that there is really nothing you can do to prepare for such a life change. I took this to heart, accepted it as true, and tried not to underestimate the upheaval. It turned out to be true, of course--you cannot really understand how things will be until you've experienced them. This book was an excellent way to understand some of the details of pregnancy, childbirth, and life with a baby. It won't enthrall you like the latest fiction bestseller, but it will probably keep you interested, and learning.
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I am a guy and we are thinking about having children soon and I thought I'd read this book to get a feel for what to expect. I know there are a lot of books but most of them seem to focus more on what a mother has to do or they have a very small "Dad" section. That's why I found the title of this book to be interesting since it was for Dad's! As with most "for Dummies" books, it is very easy to read and easy to pick what particular subject you want to look into. I think the best part of the book is the section on how to be the best partner for your wife after birth. I am glad that I read this because as a Dad I know would tend to focus all of my energy on the newborn child that you kind of forget that your wife needs emotional support also. The book goes into so many different subjects that I will definitely have to re-read different parts such as how to handle medical emergencies and what to expect during labor and delivery. This book is so informative that I have told all of my guy friends to buy this book before they even think about trying for kids!
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...but he enjoyed this one. it's very helpful, considering new moms are bombarded with websites, smartphone apps, literature, prenatal appointments, etc., but men tend to get shortchanged when it comes to information regarding pregnancy, birth and beyond. the dummy books in general and well organized and interesting. we found this book to be very helpful.
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The guidebook is written in an easy and fun way, and provides lot's of useful information that, if you're a first-time Dad, you had absolutely no idea about.
I enjoyed it a lot and learned from it.
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I never took this line of books seriously and have purchased them as gag gifts before. I can say I was pleasantly shocked when it arrived and was awesome! My husband regularly references it when he has questions and it was a quick easy ready for him. I feel like he has an increased understanding of what's going on with our pregnancy and I really appreciate that.
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My husband is excited about the pregnancy but was not willing to do his own research to answer the hundreds of questions he had for me. I bought him this book and installed it on his Kindle and asked him to try and read a little each day. He is now coming to share funny parts from the book with me and he is hooked on his newly gained knowledge.

I recommend this book for partners that don't want to read through long chapters on pregnancy. The writing style of this book is perfect for my husband with the short and direct anecdotes explaining many pregnancy mysteries.

Warning: Some of the information in this book can be a little extreme and definitely does not apply to all spouses. I am not trying to give our dog away (warning in the book) nor am I going to avoid my favorite soft serve ice cream. When my husband said not eating soft serve ice cream (due to bacteria infection risk) was recommended by the book it was the first I had heard of it, including after talking to my doctor.

Great book for new dads to be that need to have some information of their own!
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Very informative and easy to read. Complex information made clear. Terrifying stuff included though. Constantly reading about "issues" or "problems" that may occur is very disconcerting.
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I glanced through several books like this when I found out I'd be a dad soon. I was expecting this to be a bit entertaining and an easy read with the essential details. I expected a lot of information on what my wife should or shouldn't eat and why such things matter. -that's 1 page. The rest is about things like 'how to tell your nurse you want them to do things exactly as you say' and similar details perhaps better found in a women's guide to pregnancy. -apparently if you think you know your nurses job better than them you give them cookies and post a nice note on the wall. I also found the typical 'dummies' humor to be a bit dry and forced as an afterthought. The book is a little too off mainstream to garner respect from any dad I know. Straight forward details typical dad's would want to know is lacking.
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