Fatherhood, Parenting, Reviews

Book Review: Your Pregnancy for the Father-To-Be

Your Pregnancy for the Father-To-Be: Everything Dads Need To Know About Pregnancy, Childbirth and Getting Ready for a New Baby is part of the Your Pregnancy series by Glade B. Curtis and Judith Schuler. As the title says, it’s aimed especially at dads, as it approaches pregnancy from the point of view of the father-to-be.

It’s written in easily understandable language and provides a good, general overview of information that dads should know about the pregnancy process. The first half of the book is comprised of short discussions of basic medical terms, medical tests that may be necessary, pregnancy foods and cravings, exercise, physical changes, safety, and emotional issues. The latter half of the book deals with financial realities of having children, preparing for delivery, childbirth, and a short section on being a dad (caring for baby, bonding, etc.).

Throughout the chapter there are “hint” boxes about what to do in order to be supportive (this is rather negatively termed “brownie points or the doghouse”) as well as boxes dispelling “mother-in-law” myths. More helpful might be the “couple relationship” parts of each section of the book, which discuss how different aspects of pregnancy might affect the relationship, letting soon-to-be parents know what to look out for.

Your Pregnancy for the Father-To-Be is a good book if you’re looking for a general overview about pregnancy, delivery, and the basics of baby care, but it doesn’t explain in depth about any particular subject.