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A Guy's Guide to Pregnancy: Preparing for Parenthood Together [Paperback]

Frank Mungeam
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March 30 2004
Every day, four thousand American men become first-time dads. There are literally hundreds of pregnancy guidebooks aimed at women, but guys rarely rate more than a footnote. A Guy's Guide to Pregnancy is the first book to explain in "guy terms" the changes that happen to a guy's partner and their relationship during pregnancy, using a humorous yet insightful approach.

Future fathers will find out what to expect when they enter the "Pregnancy Zone." They'll discover the right and wrong answers to Trick Questions like "Do I look fat?" They'll also learn baby-shower etiquette ("It's sooo cute!"), the truth about sex during pregnancy (yes, you can touch her) and Boys' Night Out (negotiate it), plus delivery room dos (stay upright) and don'ts (complain about missing the big game).

A Guy's Guide to Pregnancy is designed to be guy-friendly -- approachable in appearance as well as content and length. It is divided into forty brisk chapters, one for each week of the pregnancy.

Frank Mungeam is the executive producer of local programs at the ABC-TV affiliate in Portland, Oregon, supervising the Emmy-nominated daily live talk show AM Northwest and the series Parenting in the 90's. Mungeam combines his years of expertise as a communicator and his personal experiences as an expectant dad to create a humorous yet helpful guide for guys.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"A pregnancy book men will love reading...Filled with answers to a guy's questions, this is a must-read for both men and women who want a joyous, full-participation pregnancy. You'll discover that Frank Mungeam is quite a gifted guy!"

-- Harold Bloomfield, Ph.D., author of Making Peace with Your Parents

"Reading this book is the best present a man can give his partner. Well, diamonds might be the best present, but reading this book is a close second!"

-- Dr. Elliot Weiner, author and host of the radio program Sound Advice

"This book can make a world of difference in communication and sensitivity to your partner's needs and help your relationship."

-- John Gray, Ph.D. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars entertaining, yes; informative, not really Nov. 28 1998
By A Customer
This book is actually like a series of jokes about the protypical disinterested, stupid male and he how he survive his wife's pregnancy by feigning interest. In one passage about dealing with your wife's changing body, the author lists "Avoid fat jokes." C'mon, are we so stupid that we need to read that?
I would suggest readers check out Armin Brott's, The Expectant Father, instead. It is also entertaining, but aimed more at the serious father, and it provides useful information.
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I found this book to be very informative for the Father-To-Be. Every first time father should read this book in order to understand and more thoroughly enjoy his wife's/partner's pregnancy.
Divided into forty chapters, one for each week of pregnancy, the reading is easy. I found myself heartily laughing,often. This book was given to me by my wife and we enjoyed the information it contained together. The book includes passages from couples interviewed specifically for their experiences related to pregnancy. Some of the incites the couples reveal are incredibly useful. In addition the quotes from the couples are very humorous.
This book alleviated my fears, taught me a great deal about pregnancy, enabled me to enjoy my wife's pregnancy with her,and made me a better spouse and future father.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK!!!!! A MUST READ FOR NEW DADS. July 30 1998
It's an easy read. Packed with insightful facts. I was reading it in bed one night and my wife (who is pregnant obviously) wanted me to read out loud to her. After reading chapter 9 -- "Do I Look Fat and Other Trick Questions" to her she commented "That's Right! How does he know that?"
I especially like the "Guy Talk" & "Girl Talk" inserts. This book is not just informative, it's a lot of fun. I recommend it highly and will be giving it as a gift to other "Dads-to-be".
And guys, the author is right. Reading this book really does put you in good graces with your partner. The morning after I read to my wife, I was awakened to a very pleasant surprise. We had just entered into our second trimester if you know what I mean.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lightening up any pregnancy for him and her May 7 2002
By Ralph
I got this book from my wife when we were pregnant with our first. I have since lent it to another expecting couple and I am looking to give one as a gift soon.
The criticism here regarding the "no fat joke" is unwarranted as guys who really do not know better would not even touch a book like this; for starters, they would not get most of the jokes. From my experience the book is great for loosening up sometimes oh so serious and tight pregnancy discussions and at the same time getting some useful hints across. Both us and the other couple frequently were just laughing at the humor since it very often exactly describes the real-life situation and couples will recognize the little episodes experienced themselves after reading about them in an uncomplicated manner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mom from West Linn June 11 2000
By A Customer
Having given birth to two children all I can say is "I wish my husband had this book when I was pregnant!" I bought this book for a co-worker whose wife is pregnant. It is so down-to-earth and humorous yet filled with all the medical info a guy needs to know. I couldn't believe how many of the issues and situations you go through in pregnancy mirrored what we went through; everything from the doctor's visits to baby showers to bringing home baby. Some of them may seem trivial but they are very real to a pregnant woman. I laughed out loud while reading this book. Run out and buy it for your husband now! Your pregnancy and relationship will benefit if he reads this book today!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Down to Earth for the Typical Guy April 5 1999
I got this book for my husband. I wasnted him to experience the pregnancy as much as I will. He reads it and actually enjoys it. It is easy to read, so he doesn't have to spend hours trying to get through it. And it tells him everything you would want him to know. I particulary like the suggestions about how he should act and treat the mom-to-be. Its funny, practical, and down to earth. Some things are a bit stereotypical and it sometimes generalizes, but for the most part I was very happy. It makes it easier when I talk to him, cause he can actually relate.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not very informative, maybe humorous, maybe. June 25 1999
By A Customer
This book contains little information for the expectant father, that isn't already known or common sense. The author wants you to think this book, by a guy, is all guys need to know about the birthing process, but it seems like this book was written more to appease women, under the disguise of a guy's book. If you want a book that let's your wife think your interested, but contains little useful information and is easy to read, then this is it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Insulting!!!
HORRID! DO NOT BUY! We would return it...had we not only spent $0.59 on it in the first place. This terrible book treats men like rude, purely self-centered, uninterested idiots. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars A Major Disappointment
This book treats men like we are idiots. Instead of providing worthwhile information the author fills the book with childish humor. I returned this book. Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2003 by Thomas & Mollie Burleson
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is an insult to men everywhere
Don't buy this book. It insults the intelligence of men AND women. Do yourself a favor and stick with "What to Expect...."
Published on Nov. 8 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars This is fatherhood for guys who flunked shop class.
A noble effort and a great concept. However, with an over abundance of useless advice like "No fat Jokes." this is fatherhood for Idiots. Read more
Published on July 6 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars It brought my wife & I closer together at a difficult time.
I groaned when my wife got me this book. Then, to appease her, I started to read it. And liked it. It was readable and funny. And then I realized it was very helpful. Read more
Published on Dec 19 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Reading this is the best gift a guy could give his partner
I've worked as a psychologist with lots of couples during their pregnancies and I wish this book had been available for the guys to read then. It's both fun and informative! Read more
Published on May 16 1998
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