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Books for Expectant Fathers

Updated on November 24, 2009

Most first-time Moms-to-be will have some sort of clue as to what to expect when they get pregnant. Sure, they won't have heard about the really fun stuff that many women experience along the way, but whatever they have heard will usually far, far exceed anything the first-time Dad-to-be will know. And some men like it that way! But that doesn't mean you can impart a little wisdom via a book that's specially designed for expectant fathers. Give it as a gift to your husband, boyfriend, partner (etc) and let him familiarize himself with the process. Even if he only reads one chapter, that will put him well ahead of the typical curve! And, obviously, some men will want to know all about your pregnancy and they'll read the whole thing quickly enough. (You may want to get more than one book for the avid learners!)

The Expectant Father

This is the second edition of The Expectant Father and it's been expanded and updated. Here you have a month by month play of the pregnancy experience. It covers everything the woman is dealing with in terms of emotions and the physical, what stage the baby is currently going through, what he himself will be coping with emotionally, and how to help her cope with the whole experience. It will also discuss the impending financial costs that pop up when baby is born, as well as a post-preggo life that will involve caring for baby once s/he has arrived. A highly regarded book by men and a very popular guide for expectant fathers.

My Boys Can Swim!

What guy isn't going to love a title like My Boys Can Swim!? At 112 pages, this book is about half the size of the previous book, but men do tend to find it very interesting, most probably because a good deal of the information is relayed through amusing anecdotes, as opposed to being presented in lecture form. If your man is bored by traditional pregnancy books, give him this one.

What to Expect When Your Wife is Expecting

Written by a father of 5, What to Expect When Your Wife is Expecting is another funny book that is meant to be entertaining while providing the basics. It's not a text book so if you want your husband or boyfriend to really have a clue about what's going on with your body, get this as something he can amuse himself with on the side. This book contains things like visual aids to explain her weight gain (LOL) so you can see it's meant to lighten the mood, not enlighten the expectant father.


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