Dude, You're Gonna Be a Dad!: How to Get (Both of You) Through the Next 9 Months

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  • Copyright: 2011-04-18
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There are approximately 3,712 ways for a guy to look stupid during pregnancy--this book's here to help you avoid all (most) of them. And here's your first hint: Focus on what you can be doing for herrather than what's happening to her. She's pregnant. She knows that. You know that. And her 152 baby books tell her exactly what she can expect. Your job is to learn what you can do between the stick turning blue and the drive to the delivery room to make the next nine months go as smoothly as possible. That's where John Pfeiffer steps in. Like any good coach, he's been through it. He's dealt with the morning sickness and doctor visits, painting the baby's nursery and packing the overnight bag, choosing a name, hospital, and the color of the car-seat cover. All the while he remained positive and responsive--there with a "You're beautiful" when necessary--but assertive during the decision-making process. (He didn't want to wind up with a kid named Percy.) And now it's your turn. She might be having the baby, but you have plenty of responsibilities.

Author Biography

John Pfeiffer is a married father of three. With a stepdaughter, a naturally conceived daughter, and a baby by way of a threesome (with an IVF specialist), Pfeiffer is especially qualified to take expectant dads all the way through pregnancy's home stretch. He lives with his wife and kids in Atlanta, GA.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Evolving Dude (er, Dad)p. xi
The First Trimester
And We're Offp. 3
When Conception Isn't a Piece of Cakep. 3
Finding Outp. 6
When and How Do We Spill the Beans?p. 10
Time to Talk: Conquering Fears, Being Supportive, and When to Say Nothingp. 14
Dads Unite!p. 14
Get Into Bondage-No, Reallyp. 20
Taking Care of Herp. 25
Handling the Hormonesp. 26
You Versus the Hormonesp. 27
Morning Sickness: Like a Really Long Hangoverp. 27
Chores, Daddy Stylep. 30
Helping Her Appreciate Her New Body (Lovin' the Curves)p. 31
Managing Weight Gainp. 33
Pickles and Ice Creamp. 34
Pregnancy Massagep. 35
Pregnancy Sexp. 36
Exercise During Pregnancyp. 37
Maternity Clothesp. 38
Home Away from Home: The Doctor's Officep. 41
What Kind of Health Professional Does She Want?p. 42
The Londown on Doctor's Office Visitsp. 45
Which Appointments Do I Attend?p. 45
Testing 1, 2, 3p. 48
What Do I Do If Something Goes Wrong?p. 53
The Second Trimester
Ch-Ch-Ch-Changesp. 59
Even More Changep. 60
The Play-by-Playp. 62
Dealing with Braxton-Hicksp. 66
What Your Baby is Doingp. 67
Baby Stuffp. 69
Nestingp. 70
The Baby Showerp. 72
Some Assembly Requiredp. 75
Choosing a Namep. 77
What to Call the Grandparentsp. 83
Getting Ready for the Deliveryp. 87
Hospital Logisticsp. 87
Getting Your BS Degree (Baby Safety, of Course)p. 89
Birthing Classp. 90
Hospital Tourp. 91
Birth Planp. 93
Cord Bloodp. 94
Third Trimester
Things to Squeeze in Before the Baby Squeezes Outp. 99
Taking a Vacationp. 100
Exploring Paternity Leavep. 101
Making Sense out of Every Dollarp. 102
Finding a Pediatricianp. 106
Finding a Day Carep. 109
Birth Announcementsp. 112
Do I Really Need to Buy Her a "Push" Gift?p. 113
Babywatchp. 117
The Freak-Outp. 119
Packing a Bagp. 121
Dissecting Advice for New Dadsp. 123
Preterm Laborp. 126
I Saw the Sign, and It Opened Up Her Cervixp. 131
Encouraging the Baby to Comep. 132
The Birth: Special Deliveryp. 137
Methods for the Madnessp. 137
Bad Things, Man, Bad Thingsp. 144
Fetal Monitoringp. 146
Role-Playing During Laborp. 147
Post-Birth Hospital Dos and Don'tsp. 149
Start Spreading the Newsp. 151
Papa's Got a Brand-New Lifep. 152
The Fourth Trimester
Taking Junior Homep. 161
Real-World Bondingp. 162
Where Do I Fit In?p. 164
Visitation Policyp. 166
Bottle Versus Breastp. 169
Daddy...Nooooooo!p. 170
Letting Grandparents Lend a Handp. 172
Common Baby Mythsp. 175
Your New Schedulep. 176
Back on the Chain Gangp. 178
Is It Sexy Time Yet?p. 179
Getting a Babysitterp. 180
Babyproofingp. 181
Epilogue: Doughnuts for Dadp. 189
Appendix: Real Birth Storyp. 191
Additional Resourcesp. 199
Indexp. 203
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