The last 15 years have seen an explosion in pregnancy books by dads, for dads. There’s now published advice on everything from delivery room protocol to grappling with the male version of postpartum depression. While she reads What To Expect, you should brush up on these 5 must-read books for men. If that sounds like a lot, remember there’s an infinitely growing list of parenting books you’ll be told to read that you’ll never have time to actually get to once the kid arrives.
This constantly updated, now 20-year-old classic reveals the myriad ways an impending pregnancy influences dad: emotional and physical effects, societal expectations, financial implications, the impact on your social and sex lives, and whether you're really ready. Should you feel the urge to remind your wife that technically you're both expecting and she just happens to be doing the hard work, bury your face (and big mouth) in this pregnancy book.
For new dads, the beginning of fatherhood is like the end of 'Anchorman': you're sleepless, unwashed, enraged, and confused. The biggest difference is your glass case of emotion is a sleeping infant's nursery, so you can't scream (and no one would hear you anyway). This pregnancy book offers the most honest portrait of Year One and the greatest reassurance that it's okay to hate your kid's tiny guts before you fall in love with them.
New York Times What To Expect, so either way you know your wife approves of you diving into this one. It's an easy read, a solid primer on the must-knows of pregnancy, doctor visits, birthing, and more, and a great way to ween yourself off of punctuating every third sentence with, 'Dude.'" tracking="fatherly-pregnancybooks-20"]
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