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Your Pregnancy for the Father-to-Be: Everything Dads Need to Know about Pregnancy, Childbirth and Getting Ready for a New Baby Paperback – January 6, 2009

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This extremely helpful compendium for "expectant dads"-from the first signs of pregnancy to the weeks after delivery-once again displays why the books in the Your Pregnancy series have become standards in the pregnancy category (Your Pregnancy Questions Answered, Your Pregnancy Week by Week). Like other books for fathers-to-be, this book covers some of the more obvious tips that men still seem to need, such as "Be a part of the pregnancy, right from the beginning," or "Be a good listener." If this is the only book that a man reads about having a newborn, he will have all the right bases covered, from healthy nutrition plans (for baby and dad), common discomforts in a woman's pregnancy, coping with labor pains and effective techniques for bonding with your new baby at home. Where this book really shines, however, is in its presentation of information that isn't always seen as being part of an expectant father's studies, including useful lists of definitions of things such as Braxton-Hicks contractions and Apgar tests, as well as an in-depth look at prenatal tests. Along the way, the authors feature entertaining but informative sidebars on various pregnancy tests ("My Mother-in-Law Said") and memorable moments from Curtis's experiences in the delivery room.
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InfoDad.com, 1/29/09
“Careful, straightforward, and nearly encyclopedic in covering just about every imaginable baby-related topic…Will be helpful to any first-time father and many who already have children…This is a book that fathers-to-be can read as narrative or in little bits…The layout makes the authors’ points easy to read and absorb…Curtis and Schuler are excellent, no-nonsense guides to one of the greatest of all life-changing events.”

Blogcritics.org, 2/6/09
“Young fathers-to-be out there, older fathers-to-be out there, I would highly recommend you read Your Pregnancy for the Father-to-Be. This book is filled with advice but is not encyclopedic to read. You can follow its suggestions in a realistic way. It not only teaches about pregnancy and the huge changes going on in your partner, it also explains the emotional and sometimes physical changes you will experience.”
 

Deseret News, 2/16/09
“When he speaks, it's easy to see why Dr. Glade B. Curtis has become a best-selling author of pregnancy books. He's warm and articulate and doesn't appear easily rattled. Ask a question and the Utah-based doctor responds with ease. The same is true for his books, including the recently updated Your Pregnancy for the Father-to-Be. It…seems to reach the right balance between being informative and not delving too much into the scary complications that can arise with pregnancy…Each chapter also includes a lot of at-a-glance information that is easy to digest.”
 

Mid-Ohio Valley Parent, 5/09
“Gives dads essential information on what his partner is going through…This book walks dads through every aspect and gives helpful advice at each turn. This is a welcome addition to the ‘Your Pregnancy’ library.”

Oxygen, 6/09
“Will brief him on everything from what you are going through to financial tips and common pregnancy terms. It’s instant support for you both.”

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Product Details

  • Series: Your Pregnancy
  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 2nd edition (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073821275X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738212753
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Manny Hernandez HALL OF FAME on September 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
As an expecting dad (our baby should be with us within the next few weeks) I have been trying to learn as much as I can and shared readings with my wife on all things about the baby, but the truth is that, as men, we need some literature that will relate a bit more to us, and give us "tips" on how to better cope with this whole thing that's going on around us, for which most likely we've never been prepared. This is where this book comes in handy! From the same authors of the reputed book "Your Pregnancy Week by Week" (now in its fourth edition), came this one, meant to help expectant fathers "understand what a woman goes through during pregnancy and how [they] can help her deal with the things that are happening to her."
Opening up is a very useful table that breaks down topics (with page #s) into "The Good Part," "You May Want to Help Your Partner Deal With" and "Pay Attention to" by trimester, around labor and delivery, and finally at home with the baby (in a "What to expect when you're expecting" fashion, if you may). Also VERY useful are the abundance of DOs (Brownie Points) and DON'Ts (In The Doghouse) spread throughout the book, nicely going hand in hand with the topics covered in the pages where they pop up.
There is also a sort of glossary of terms for expecting couples, and then the book goes into topics that deal with the emotional, physical and financial aspects of pregnancy in enough detail to serve as a very good primer for most matters and purposes. Definitely not meant as an in-depth book on pregnancy, childbirth or raising your newborn child, this book does fulfill a purpose by providing expecting dads with an easy-to-read book that they can relate to, in order to get them up to speed with the basics about pregnancy, and -most importantly- to ensure that they are able to cope with their wives' needs as best as possible during pregnancy and thereafter.
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As a first time father this book was very helpful. It did not go into nearly the details that some of the other books did. It was very specific about what a man can do to help his wife through the process. It also looks at some longer term items, like saving for school, planning for the first few weeks after the birth and even packing a travel bag for you to take to the hospital. It is nice light reading in an easy to read format and style. This book will definitely be a benefit to you and your partner. The 5 sections are: the three trimesters, labor & delivery, and at home with the baby. These authors also wrote a number of supporting or complimentary books:

Bouncing Back From Your Pregnancy

Your Pregnancy Journal Week by Week

Your Pregnancy After 35

Your Pregnancy Questions and Answers

Your Pregnancy Every Woman's Guide

Your Baby's First Year Week by Week

Your Pregnancy Week by Week
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This was the first book I got for my husband upon learning we were pregnant, and he found it to be quite condescending. For example, it has sections entitled "in the doghouse" that give men helpful hints like not calling one's pregnant wife a whale. Of course, this has become a running joke in our house...but do most husbands really need a book to tell them not to insult their wives?! It focused more on telling men how to behave towards their partners than on helping the understand their own journey towards fatherhood. Overall, this book seemed to assume the worst about its readership, whereas I would assume that men who choose to read books to prepare for fatherhood are already caring and committed to being good husbands and fathers.

We found a lot more useful information and a much more respectful and supportive tone in "The Expectant Father," and I would recommend that book instead.
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It's not a bad book by any means, it's just not for the well informed, caring, common sense having significant other.
I understand that a lot of guys out there are not very empathetic and don't easily understand or know what to do when their partner becomes pregnant, and that's alright. I'm lucky enough to have married someone who had been a caring rock throughout my pregnancy. I bought this book hoping it would help prepare him for what is to come, but it hasn't prepared him for squat. He read 35pages, skimmed through the rest, and then told me how much he hates it lol. A lot of the things the book recommends for the Father to be are just plain common sense things, like helping with extra chores when the woman isn't feeling well, or attending Drs appts when she has to go in for them.
Another thing that was ridiculous to even me, is the book tells the guy what can happen, like pre eclampsia, and things like that, but gives him no further information on it... Every book I've read on pregnancy will go way in depth into what can happen, but this one doesn't. It also doesn't really help prep him for labor.
So if you get it, I recommend also taking a birthing class with your man. And if you know your man has common sense, and is already being great to ou during this time, then this isn't the book for him.
Ultimately I just ended up having my hubby read my books , because every pregnancy book for the father to be is similar to this.
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