The Bloke's Guides to Pregnancy by Jon Smith
Hay House, March 2004 ISBN: 978-1401902889
This book takes a 'warts and all' sensible yet humorous look at the many stages of pregnancy. It explores the changes, physical and emotional, that any man can expect to see in his partner and in their relationship over the coming months. Becoming pregnant involved two people. The rearing of a child will involve two people; there is every reason that your partner's pregnancy should also involve the two of you, together. For any man that has been put off reading pregnancy books because he doesn't feel he was the intended audience or that something about the tone of these books was alien to him, yet he still has questions that need answers; then The Bloke's Guide to Pregnancy is the book he's been looking for. As a father himself, Jon Smith realised, when his partner became pregnant that there was nothing out there that he could relate to. The Bloke's Guide to Pregnancy is the result. Jon takes a comical yet informed look at the ups and downs of life as a father to be. Guaranteed to educate you while making you laugh out loud!
From the back cover:
'DARLING, I'M PREGNANT!' Three little words guaranteed to strike fear into the most grown up of first-time fathers-to-be. Sure, there are hundreds of books out there for the expectant mother. But they're often full of boring advice on diet and pelvic floor exercises, not to mention the kind of gynaecological details that'll make your eyes water. Sorry, but we just want the lowdown on what's happening and how it's going to affect us. A + B = C. Straightforward, unabridged and raw. The Bloke's Guide to Pregnancy - no flowery prose, just the truth, in bite-size pieces as easy to digest as a packet of biscuits. Based on over 100 interviews with blokes who lived to tell the tale, this book has real-life stories as well as loads of advice that isn't remotely boring (honestly). Now you'll be able to tell your trimesters from your triple blood tests, as well as discovering: MONEY - do we really have to spend my entire lager allowance on that hand-held breast pump? SEX - will it harm the unborn baby? (or am I just being arrogant?) BREASTS - will they stay that size forever? HOSPITAL PARKING SPACES - am I going to have to fork out £50 every time she thinks she's going into labour? ... and a whole lot more besides.
'Excellent advice and information on everything from options on the type of birth and medical interventions, to being the partner's voice during the birth' Relate Magazine
Jon Smith is the author of Toytopia, a children's novel, and the proud father of Alia and Ronin.