Book Review – The Dude’s Guide to Pregnancy

Lifestyle / Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
4.5 stars
We bought this book soon after realizing I was pregnant. Adrien wanted a book to read that would help him cope and get through this pregnancy, where he could turn if he had questions or worries. Do you realize how many pregnancy books are out there, geared towards men? A fair few. He picked this one, and I was skeptical at first, but my opinion quickly changed upon reading.

“You remember from Chapter 1 that your wife began to sprout Pamela Anderson boobs and that, like Pam’s, you aren’t allowed to touch them? Like all things pregnancy, what seemed like a nice little bonus is about to turn ugly.”

This is a Laugh out Loud read. Not a chapter went by that I didn’t enjoy. This is written in the view of men, a book for men, by men. So it can get quite vulgar at times, but all in good fun. Even the illustrations are entertaining, if not at all artistic. Especially when you get closer to the end of the book and they have illustrations on which sex positions would be best suited for comfort and pleasure. All the bits are blacked out, no worries. But it isn’t a book I’d leave around for fear a young child might pick it up, flip through and start asking questions.

From conception, to a wife’s emotional break downs, to letting the family in on the great news, naming the baby, how the body changes right down to delivery and first few days having a newborn… the read is light and humorous that will make any husband through the pregnancy with ease.

Chapters are broken down by weeks. 1-4, 5-9, 10-13, 14-17 etc. Adrien decided to read the chapters as we got to the stated weeks. Me, being the bookworm I am, read the whole book in about two days. I kept wanting to laugh with him about certain parts but didn’t want to spoil his fun of reading when the time presented itself.

Side Note: We lent the book to my parents when we were in Alberta last summer and they absolutely loved it. So all ages can enjoy and appreciate the jokes.

Don’t take it too seriously at times. Stay light hearted because it really does give some good information that even I didn’t know or expect. But the ‘Dudes’ are more experienced in this aspect and my body decided to follow along true to form.

I would recommend this book to any expecting father. I rated it a 4.5 stars out of 5 as I personally don’t care for some of the ways they portray women (even if it was true), but again, keep your mind and heart upbeat and take nothing personally as a woman when reading. It is a book made for men. If I was a man, I’m sure I’d give it a 5/5.