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Pregnancy for dads
Kelly, Joe, 1954-
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Publication Information:
New York, New York : Alpha, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., [2014]
Physical Description:
xvi, 288 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"Most men will agree that the arrival of a baby -- whether the first or fifth -- can be panic inducing. Parenting expert Joe Kelly uses his years as a dad and granddad to help any father-to-be get through the uncertainty and life-changing experiences. Dads-to-be will understand what their partners are going through and what they should (and should not) do to help. Essential content also includes the details of baby's development within the womb, the financial impact of a new baby, tips on getting the nursery ready, and much more", viewed January 9, 2014.
General Note:
"Invaluable, practical advice for brand-new dads; month-by-month guidance for both Dad and Mom; reassuring insight for managing the unexpected"--Cover.

Includes index.
It's daddy time. Crossing over to father land ; How to get a girl pregnant ; Sex during pregnancy -- The pregnancy path. The first trimester ; The second trimester ; The third trimester -- The new life plan. Choosing doctors and other professionals ; Preparing your home ; Preparing your legal, financial, and work life -- Turning the corner. Ready to launch: planning for the big day ; Delivery day ; Bringing your baby home ; Making your family.
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No-nonsense guide for dads to be, from conception to birth Worried about not nailing nappy changing or night-time nursing? Help is at hand with Idiot's Guides- Pregnancy for Dads which guides you through all the changes and challenges that pregnancy and birth will bring. Understand what your partner is going through with month-by-month guidance and expert advice that helps you to know what you should (and should not) do to assist. Your new knowledge will calm your fears and dispel myths surrounding pregnancy. Pregnancy is covered from conception to birth, giving you all the information you need to enjoy and embrace this life-changing event. Practical, logical advice tackles concerns such as preparing the nursery and the financial impact of a baby. Idiot's Guides- Pregnancy for Dads is ideal for any dad who is facing pregnancy for the first time.

Author Notes

Joe Kelly is a father, grandfather, and author whose books include The Complete Idiot's Guide' to Being a New Dad and Dads and Daughters. Joe has appeared on the TODAY Show, NPR, and FOX News and been quoted in People, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. He is co-founder of the award-winning New Moon Girls magazine and has won Father of the Year awards from and the Women's Sports Foundation. Find Joe online at

Table of Contents

Part 1 It's Daddy Timep. 1
1 Crossing Over to Father Landp. 3
Being "Prepared" for Fatherhoodp. 4
Common Fears and Concernsp. 5
Will I Love My Baby?p. 7
If You Didn't Have a Good Role Modelp. 8
Dealing with Jealousyp. 10
Today's Dadp. 11
What Little Boys Are Made Ofp. 12
Fathering Expectationsp. 13
The Veteran Dadp. 16
Your Dad and Youp. 17
Finding Help Along the Wayp. 19
2 How to Get a Girl Pregnantp. 21
What High School Didn't Teachp. 22
Your Plumbingp. 22
Her Plumbingp. 25
If Sperm Played Baseballp. 26
Your Health and Hersp. 27
Communicate, Communicate, Communicatep. 28
Your Body Counts, Toop. 29
When Nature Won't Cooperatep. 30
Missed Conceptions: Infertilityp. 30
Infertility Options.p. 32
Sex as a Chorep. 32
Will We Have to Call Him Beaker?p. 34
Surrogacyp. 35
Adoptionp. 36
The Birds, the Bees, and the Bullp. 38
Sunshine, Gravity, and Lubricationp. 39
Ice in Your Boxersp. 39
Bikes, Bananas, and Boysp. 40
Orgasmic, Daily, or Underwater Sex?p. 40
Other Popular Mythsp. 41
3 Sex During Pregnancyp. 43
Facts About Pregnancy Sexp. 44
Bump Sex and Hormonesp. 45
Dancing with the Hormonesp. 45
Daddy's Hormonesp. 47
Physical Changesp. 48
Luscious and Sensitivep. 48
More to Lovep. 49
Variety Is the Spice of Lifep. 50
Alternatives Are Funp. 51
Discovering New Positionsp. 51
Additional Intimaciesp. 53
Listening to the Doctorp. 54
Sex After Childbirthp. 55
Part 2 The Pregnancy Pathp. 57
4 The First Trimesterp. 59
What Your Baby's Doingp. 60
Mom Supportp. 60
Stopping Alcohol and Drugsp. 61
Moods for Twop. 63
Nutrition for Threep. 63
Wear and Tearp. 64
What to Expect from the Doctorp. 65
Pregnancy as a Blueprint for Your Babyp. 66
Hormone Heavenp. 68
FSH, hCG, and Friendsp. 68
You Have Hormones, Toop. 70
Morning Sickness All Dayp. 72
Communication Campp. 73
You're Both Expectingp. 74
When to Tell the Rest of the Worldp. 75
The Word at Workp. 76
5 The Second Trimesterp. 79
What Your Baby's Doingp. 80
Mom Supportp. 80
Relieving Leg Crampsp. 81
Treating and Preventing Hemorrhoidsp. 82
Adjusting Seat Beltsp. 83
Cleaning Housep. 84
What to Expect from the Doctorp. 85
Childbirth Classesp. 86
The Lamaze Methodp. 81
The Bradley Methodp. 88
Leboyerp. 88
HypnoBirthingp. 89
Birthing From Withinp. 90
The Payoffp. 90
Preparing for Bonus Babiesp. 92
Infant CPR and First Aidp. 94
6 The Third Trimesterp. 97
What Your Baby's Doingp. 98
Mom Supportp. 99
A Whale of a Womanp. 99
The Pregnancy Detectivep. 100
Anything But Bed Rest!p. 102
What to Expect from the Doctorp. 104
When the Baby's Latep. 106
Miscarriage and Infant Deathp. 107
End-of-Life Decisionsp. 108
Hiding from Griefp. 109
Living with Your Loved Ones Afterwardp. 111
Part 3 The New Life Planp. 115
7 Choosing Doctors and Other Professionalsp. 117
Finding the Right Medical Professionalp. 118
Who to Look Forp. 118
What to Askp. 120
Your Hospital Optionsp. 122
Are You In or Out?p. 124
The Gynecologist Will See You Nowp. 126
Dad's Role on Visitsp. 127
Ultrasounds and Finding Out Your Baby's Genderp. 129
Here Come the Needles and Glovesp. 130
Daycare Decisionsp. 132
What Are My Options?p. 132
Bringing in a Third Party: Daycare Centers and Nanniesp. 133
8 Preparing Your Homep. 135
Babies 'r' Lucrativep. 136
Organizing the Housep. 137
Creating a Nurseryp. 138
Childproofingp. 140
Choosing Your Baby's Bedp. 142
Cradlesp. 142
Co-Sleepersp. 143
Cribsp. 143
Rocking Chairs or Glidersp. 147
Bath Goodiesp. 148
The Diaper-Driven Lifep. 148
Cloth or Plastic?p. 149
Changing Tablesp. 151
Diaper Bagsp. 152
Car Safety Seatsp. 152
Why Use One?p. 153
Car Seat Options and Costsp. 153
Proper Usep. 155
For Saner Sailingp. 156
Strollersp. 156
Swaddlesp. 158
Carriersp. 158
Portable Play Yardsp. 159
Hand-Me-Downs, Freebies, and Cheapiesp. 160
Buying the Right Toysp. 161
9 Preparing Your Legal, Financial, and Work Lifep. 165
Legal Issuesp. 166
Taxes and Governmentp. 166
Married or Not, Here I Comep. 168
Issues for Same-Sex Partnersp. 171
Financial Issuesp. 173
Family Budgetingp. 173
Insurance Coverage for Your Familyp. 174
Making Out Your Willp. 176
Saving for Collegep. 177
Your Work Pathp. 178
What Is a WFBP?p. 179
Family Time Nowp. 181
The Stay-At-Home Dad Optionp. 182
Part 4 Turning the Cornerp. 185
10 Ready to Launch: Planning for the Big Dayp. 187
Making Preparationsp. 188
Making a Birth Planp. 188
Arranging Transportationp. 190
Preparing a Bagp. 192
Time to Go!p. 194
Labor Breakdownp. 195
True or False?p. 195
Filling Out Paperworkp. 197
11 Delivery Dayp. 199
Words to the Wisep. 200
Taking Your Own Tweet Timep. 201
Labor Continuesp. 202
"The Wait"p. 203
Whatever You Want, Babyp. 204
Discretion, or How to Avoid Getting Punchedp. 206
The Baby's Coming!p. 208
Oh, the Painp. 208
The (Almost) Final Lapp. 211
Witnesses for the Birthp. 212
Feeling Queasy?p. 213
Taking an Active Role in the Deliveryp. 214
Push, Crown, Plopp. 215
Presenting Problemsp. 217
We're Not Done Yetp. 218
Cutting the Cordp. 218
The Last Stagep. 219
Episiotomies and Other Funp. 220
Emergency Delivery, Dad Stylep. 220
Helping Your Partner Through the Deliveryp. 222
What to Do After Your Baby Arrivesp. 222
12 Bringing Your Baby Homep. 225
Nature Providesp. 226
Relax and Rollp. 227
Daddy Sings the Bluesp. 228
It's Hard to Break a Babyp. 229
Holding Your Babyp. 230
Getting a Gripp. 231
You're Both Ail Wetp. 232
Changing a Diaper and Watching Out for Diaper Rashp. 233
Cleaning the Cord Stumpp. 236
Soothing Your Babyp. 237
Sleepingp. 239
Feedingp. 240
Breast or Bottle?p. 242
Bottle Washerp. 243
Burping and What It Bringsp. 245
Mommy Carep. 246
Telling Tired from Depressedp. 246
We Timep. 248
The Traveling Baby Showp. 250
Stroller Safetyp. 250
Airborne Babiesp. 250
Setting Boundaries for Visits-with Your Babyp. 253
13 Making Your Familyp. 257
Your Fathering Approachp. 258
Father Attitudesp. 258
Exhibit A: Patiencep. 260
Creating Your Visionp. 261
The "M" Wordp. 263
Marital Benefitsp. 264
Judgment Callsp. 265
Guarding Against Gatekeepingp. 266
Blue and Pink Choresp. 267
Different Isn't Dumbp. 269
Opening the Gatep. 271
Caring for a Child with Birth Defectsp. 273
The Language of "Defects"p. 273
Medical and Legal Issuesp. 274
Responding to and Resisting Stereotypesp. 275
A Final Wordp. 277
Indexp. 279