While I was expecting Baby Mwah, I poured through dozens of pregnancy books. Worried that my husband wouldn’t feel included in the pregnancy, I highlighted interesting sections in the baby books for him to read.
One of his complaints was that the books were all written entirely from a woman’s perspective. He wanted a short and sweet pregnancy book with good advice for expectant dads too. I recently received a review copy of The Pregnancy Instruction Manual: Essential Information, Troubleshooting Tips, and Advice for Parents-to-Be, and it IS that book.
Written by the author of The Worst Case Scenario Handbook: Parenting, The Pregnancy Instruction Manual is a witty and irreverent handbook about your baby’s- and your- growth, trimester by trimester. It even includes a special chapter just for expectant dads as well as advice on many topics, including what to say and what not to say to their hormonal wives, how to help with the baby preparations, what to do and what not to do in the delivery room, coping with financial anxiety, understanding Couvade syndrome (aka sympathetic pregnancy), paternity leave, and how to kangaroo in order to bond with their new baby. Each section is accompanied by witty cartoons. These illustrations are priceless- especially the one on “Delivery Room Protocol” and my personal favorite “Real Baby vs TV Baby.”
In addition to the standard information about pregnancy symptoms, fetal growth and labor, I appreciated some of the offbeat tips in the book, including how to ward off tummy touchers, ways to avoid snoring, how to pick a pronounceable baby name, and how to cope with “pregnancy brain.”
If you’re looking for a pregnancy book that’s fun-to-read as well as educational, you’ll enjoy The Pregnancy Instruction Manual.