Dad's Pregnant Too: Expectant fathers, expectant mothers, new dads and new moms share advice, tips and stories about all the surprises, questions and joys ahead...
  • Dad's Pregnant Too: Expectant fathers, expectant mothers, new dads and new moms share advice, tips and stories about all the surprises, questions and joys ahead...
  • Dad's Pregnant Too: Expectant fathers, expectant mothers, new dads and new moms share advice, tips and stories about all the surprises, questions and joys ahead...

Dad's Pregnant Too: Expectant fathers, expectant mothers, new dads and new moms share advice, tips and stories about all the surprises, questions and joys ahead...

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by Harlan Cohen
     
 

Dad's Pregnant Too is a witty, wise and considerate guide for expectant fathers.See more details below

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Dad's Pregnant Too is a witty, wise and considerate guide for expectant fathers.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The Chicago author has made a career out of advising teens on growing up. Here he focuses on parenthood. Promising to educate men on pregnancy, this book is stocked with tips and Q&As, perfect to read between administering foot rubs and cooing supportive words." - Chicago Tribune

""I enjoyed this book because I knew when my wife felt pains or had other symptoms conducive to pregnancy, I knew not to overreact. I could assure her that she and the baby was more than likely doing fine, and the little things cropping up were all normal. The book also showed and explained what changes the baby was going through, and its amazing development inside her belly. Knowing what to expect, along with going to her doctor appointments, has really put me at ease since all signs point to a healthy baby."" - The Fruit of His Labor

""Many a times when I read this book, I would burst out in giggles as the author is witty and hilarious while not losing sight of factual information. Dad's Pregnant Too! is so much FUN to read and I wish we had it eight years ago when I was first pregnant. It's definitely THE essential guide, packed with the best advice for expectant couples from the experts and parents who have been there before."" - Mom To BB Reviews

"Cohen explains how life changes during pregnancy and after the baby is born, and how to be a valuable and helpful member of the child-making/raising team. And it's funny and well written." - Raising Arizona Kids

"I now firmly believe that every positive pregnancy test and Soon-to-be-a-Father's Day card should include a copy of Dad's Pregnant, Too! It's the only way a woman can get the sympathy she deserves before her ankles start to swell." - Cool Mom Picks

"Cohen has left nothing out, his sense of humour throughout will be appreciated by all who read this marvelous book. Dads-to-be should be lining up to get their hands on a copy of, Dad's Pregnant Too!
" - Imagination-Cafe

"For any new father who truly wants to be a good father and husband, this is the book for him. It's easy to read, easy to relate to, and most of all it's honest and funny." - Help 4 New Moms

"Cohen's book will touch you with it's raw honesty and make you laugh with its good humor." - Chicago Parent.com

" Dad's Pregnant Too is a great alternative to the other expectancy books out there because your man will actually pick this one up! " - Peekaboo Picks

"Since emotions can be heightened during pregnancy, Cohen felt it was important to offer practical advice on what men should (and shouldn't) do to help out. He also wanted to assist other men with the feelings they might experience during pregnancy but are unable to deal with due to the focus rightly being placed on the mother-to-be and baby." - Tonawanda News

New York Post
A must-read, step-by-step guide for dads-to-be...provides a realistic picture of what expectant fathers will see, hear, feel and touch.
Chicago Tribune
The Chicago author has made a career out of advising teens on growing up. Here he focuses on parenthood. Promising to educate men on pregnancy, this book is stocked with tips and Q&As, perfect to read between administering foot rubs and cooing supportive words.
The Fruit of His Labor
"I enjoyed this book because I knew when my wife felt pains or had other symptoms conducive to pregnancy, I knew not to overreact. I could assure her that she and the baby was more than likely doing fine, and the little things cropping up were all normal. The book also showed and explained what changes the baby was going through, and its amazing development inside her belly. Knowing what to expect, along with going to her doctor appointments, has really put me at ease since all signs point to a healthy baby."
Mom To BB Reviews
"Many a times when I read this book, I would burst out in giggles as the author is witty and hilarious while not losing sight of factual information. Dad's Pregnant Too! is so much FUN to read and I wish we had it eight years ago when I was first pregnant. It's definitely THE essential guide, packed with the best advice for expectant couples from the experts and parents who have been there before."
Raising Arizona Kids
Cohen explains how life changes during pregnancy and after the baby is born, and how to be a valuable and helpful member of the child-making/raising team. And it's funny and well written.
Cool Mom Picks
I now firmly believe that every positive pregnancy test and Soon-to-be-a-Father's Day card should include a copy of Dad's Pregnant, Too! It's the only way a woman can get the sympathy she deserves before her ankles start to swell.
Imagination-Cafe
Cohen has left nothing out, his sense of humour throughout will be appreciated by all who read this marvelous book. Dads-to-be should be lining up to get their hands on a copy of, Dad's Pregnant Too!
Chicago Parent.com
Cohen's book will touch you with it's raw honesty and make you laugh with its good humor.
Peekaboo Picks
Dad's Pregnant Too is a great alternative to the other expectancy books out there because your man will actually pick this one up!
Tonawanda News
Since emotions can be heightened during pregnancy, Cohen felt it was important to offer practical advice on what men should (and shouldn't) do to help out. He also wanted to assist other men with the feelings they might experience during pregnancy but are unable to deal with due to the focus rightly being placed on the mother-to-be and baby.
Boston Globe Parenting Blog
Pregnancy books are usually aimed at women, obviously, though there are a few notable exceptions, like Christopher Healy's Pop Culture: The Sane Man's Guide to the Insane World of New Fatherhood and Dad's Pregnant, Too by Harlan Cohen.
Dad of Divas Blog
The book is not a manual, but it is a guide for dads to be and the book's light-hearted nature will keep a smile on your face from start to finish!
Empowering Mommy Blog
This book answers so many of the questions that dads have in a straightforward, matter of fact way. In every chapter, there is a tip, a story, and the bottom line.
Mami's Time Out
Dad's Pregnant Too is a great read for any dad to be! This is the season for baby showers (I have at least two!) and would be a great gift for the Dad to be so he can feel included!
The Mommy Life
Comic and comprehensive, DPT offers useful information with lots of humor - so it will probably stick. A great gift book for any expectant dad - especially first time - but even the 7th, 8th, 9th and beyond

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402211331
Publisher:
Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/2008
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.30(d)

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Chapter 1: The First Few Weeks ...
Shock, Joy, Surprise, and Things You'll Want to Do

Tip #1:
You can take a pregnancy test yourself, but only hers counts.

THE STORY:
The first four tests she took were all positive, but the indicator strips were extremely light. That's when I took a fifth test to act as a control test to make sure the results were accurate. She laughed at first but generally thought I was an idiot for doing so. She stood next to me as I took the test (she turned away when I peed). After dipping the stick, my wife watched as the indicator light revealed the results. As predicted, the results were a bright negative. For some reason, I had to test it. I just couldn't believe it.
-Scott, daughter 23 months

The lack of control begins with her urine. My wife hoarded her pee-she insisted it was too early to take a pregnancy test and refused to pee on a stick for me. I insisted that even though it was too early, taking a pregnancy test is too much fun to pass up. How many times in our life do we get to do this? I like to think of taking a pregnancy test like being on a game show without the game show music in the background (although next time I think I might play music during the test). The prize is that you get to have a baby (or two or three). I explained to her that it wasn't fair that she was hoarding her urine. She then explained that she didn't want to be disappointed if the test was negative like the previous month's round of testing.

After explaining to her that a negative result is the most likely result, and that it would be too soon to be disappointed because it's so early, she yielded and reluctantly offered me some of her possibly pregnant urine. She then dipped the pregnancy test stick and we huddled around the urine-soaked magic wand.

Pregnancy tests work by detecting the pregnancy hormone hCG. HCG begins to be produced when a fertilized egg implants in the uterus-about 6 days after conception-and then continues to increase during pregnancy. Most pregnancy tests give the most accurate results once hCG reaches high enough levels in the urine to be detected, about one week after a missed period. Early pregnancy tests can be used to tell if you're pregnant up to five days before a missed period. Once we dipped the stick and waited two minutes, we saw what appeared to be the faintest blue line. I bought a cheap test because...I can be cheap at times. The line was so faint it almost wasn't there. It definitely wasn't negative, but it was barely positive. We angled it, we put it under a bright light, dipped it in the urine cup on the counter-still, we thought the results were unclear.

I then peed on one of the sticks to see if they were defective (surprisingly a number of guys do this). Fast forward 15 minutes, and I returned home from the drugstore with three deluxe digital home pregnancy tests. She peed again, we huddled again, and then, the word pregnant flashed on the screen. We took another test and it said not pregnant. She then took another digital test from a different manufacturer, and the results flashed pregnant. We figured two flashing pregnant sticks meant that she was really pregnant.

I've heard that tests rarely ever give false positives. (hCG levels can vary from day to day, which can make someone have a positive test one day, and then a negative test the next.) So a positive result normally means that you can be pretty sure she is pregnant. My wife took another test with hermorning pee, and we were 100 percent positive. Four cheap tests and three digital tests later (a total of $75 worth of sticks), we finally believed she was pregnant. So much of pregnancy is about facing the unknown and accepting your lack of control. As a man, we don't even have control over the test-that's how little control we have from day one. But if you accept this fact and embrace the reality that you will experience an incredible amount of surprise during pregnancy-some surprises difficult, but most extremely good-you quickly learn how to get comfortable with the uncomfortable right from the start.

THE BOTTOM LINE:
Put your urine away and go with her flow. There's no controlling the future even if you pee on a control stick.

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What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Pregnancy books are usually aimed at women, obviously, though there are a few notable exceptions, like Christopher Healy's Pop Culture: The Sane Man's Guide to the Insane World of New Fatherhood and Dad's Pregnant, Too by Harlan Cohen." - Boston Globe Parenting Blog

"The book is not a manual, but it is a guide for dads to be and the book's light-hearted nature will keep a smile on your face from start to finish!" - Dad of Divas Blog

"This book answers so many of the questions that dads have in a straightforward, matter of fact way. In every chapter, there is a tip, a story, and the bottom line." - Empowering Mommy Blog

"Dad's Pregnant Too is a great read for any dad to be! This is the season for baby showers (I have at least two!) and would be a great gift for the Dad to be so he can feel included!" - Mami's Time Out

"Comic and comprehensive, DPT offers useful information with lots of humor - so it will probably stick. A great gift book for any expectant dad - especially first time - but even the 7th, 8th, 9th and beyond" - The Mommy Life

"A must-read, step-by-step guide for dads-to-be...provides a realistic picture of what expectant fathers will see, hear, feel and touch." - New York Post

"While it may not be a good title for an expectant mother or female audience, it is about time we have a book all to ourselves and Cohen gives a great effort to make fathers a better equipped part of the pregnancy process." - The Father Life

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