A comprehensive glossary of terms, a resource section, medical information, and tips for supporting your partner during pregnancy and the birth of your new baby
Pregnancy can be a thrilling adventure for a couple. Although most attention is directed toward the mom-to-be, the nine months of pregnancy are an exciting, moving -- and, yes, occasionally stressful! -- time for the expectant father as well. Written with the needs and concerns of the dad-to-be in mind, this book will also help you be the best father you can be by covering such topics as:
The tests and procedures your partner may undergoThe impact of pregnancy on your relationship and how to handle itWays to evaluate the expenses of having a babyHow to be a great labor coach
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.