Books for Expectant Fathers

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My DH is currently reading “Dude, You’re Gonna Be a Dad!” by John Pfeiffer. I’m only 5w4d so he’s only read the intro and first trimester sections but he loves it. It’s very informative but also has a sense of humor about it that he really loves. And I find that he’s telling ME some things about pregnancy that I haven’t reached in my books yet! Hope this helps!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I hear you. My husband isn’t much of a reader either so I was thrilled he was able to find something to relate to. I’m feeling a lot too but, like you said, it’ll be a while before he can experience much. Not sure where you are, but we got the book at Barnes & Noble, and it’s also on Amazon. Congrats and happy and healthy 9 months to you!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

my husband bought the caveman’s guide to pregnancy (i think that’s what it’s called?). he stopped reading it after i miscarried at almost 9 weeks, but until then he seemed to enjoy it. i read a few pages and it was pretty funny!

oh, and he also downloaded the bump app on his phone. i know it’s not a book, but he liked to check it every day/week to see what the baby’s progress was. 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  lilchicana.
Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m pretty tired most days, and have had a few instances of being really emotional for absolutely no reason. I’m also really thirsty and get bloated pretty easily. Slight cramping every once in a while too which I’m told is very normal, especially because it’s dull. No nausea or cravings but I think it’s a bit early for that for me. You? I love feeling so much because it makes me really feel like things are progressing. This is my first and the first trimester can be nervewracking! 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Thats good to know! I’m definitely looking forward to the cramping going away, though it’s only once in a while now. And I totally forgot about the sore breasts, I have that too. They barely fit in my bra anymore! Congrats and good luck on the ultrasound, I’m sure it’s going to be an amazing experience. I have my first on 8/6 and we can’t wait 🙂

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

My FI works in IT (but it would also work for guys that are handy/hands-on so I got him “The Baby Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance“.  it was less than ten dollars on amazon and it’s ah-ma-zing.  Totally in his language and SO helpful. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I know a few people who got “Hold it like a Football…Just remember not to spike it: And other pearls of wisdom on becoming a father” by Pete Slease and really enjoyed it.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Somebody gifted us “Dad’s Pregnant Too,” and it’s really dumb, condescending, and borderline disrespectful to women. Honestly, we’ve found the regular baby books (Dr. Sears, What to Expect, etc.) the most informative for both of us, and the way they are organized, broken up into small sections, and have *some* pictures, they’re really easy to read a little bit at a time.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

DH was gifted “The Everything Father to Be Book.” I read it first, and it was decent- a lot of these books can be condescending, like Babylou mentioned. 

I think it’s hard for any Dad to relate. Nothing’s really changed for them yet, while we have so many physical and emotional changes. Talking to other Dads has helped both of us. I’ve been trying to get DH to talk/read to the baby, and he thinks “it’s weird.” As does our friend, Eric, so that made me a little better. 🙂

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