When you are sent a book that features a giant sperm on the cover, you know it’s going to be good. Well, you hope so at least. And let me tell you, Pregnancy for Men – the whole 9 months did not disappoint!
When I had finished reading the book, I wished for but 2 things in my life:
1) That my husband had read it before we had Moo
2) That my husband would actually pick up and read a bloody book in the first place
In fact, it was so perfect for the male species that I am tempted to literally read it to him if we ever dare to have another. I know he’s been there, done that – but trust me, there is so much more he could learn!
So what’s Pregnancy for Men about?
The clue is in the title…
It’s about pregnancy – from conception through to birth. Written by a man, for men.
But don’t worry ladies, if you happen to stumble across a copy and be drawn to the giant sperm like I was, I guarantee you’ll have just as much fun reading it as your clueless other half!
Mark Woods, the author, is absolutely hilarious. As in, don’t read this in a public place (if you’re brave enough with the sperm situation) because you will absolutely LOL every 2 seconds. If you love quick, witty and sarcastic humour, this is the pregnancy book for you.
Pregnancy for men is broken down into month-by-month chapters, packed with incredibly useful information. It covers mum’s progress, baby’s progress some handy ‘must-dos of the month’ and how dad will probably be feeling at each stage. From making a baby, through to the final push, this book will ensure that any man is absolutely bursting with knowledge about every step of the journey.
Is it just another pregnancy book then?
When a book opens with the line ‘A generation or two ago you were more likely to see a fully grown llama at a birth than the father of the child’, I know instantly that I’m going to love it.
I’ve never actually come across a pregnancy book that deals with everything you need to know in such a light-hearted way. In fact, I tend to avoid pregnancy or baby books for that very reason. Of course, there are some subjects that must be handled with care and consideration (think miscarriage) and these are expertly navigated. But on the whole, this is a really enjoyable read.
From advising against flying at the end of pregnancy as ‘not even the most accommodating of flight attendants wants to deliver a baby using a plastic spoon and the whistle from a lifejacket‘ to describing the cutting of the umbilical cord ‘like cutting a very tough and gristly German sausage‘, Woods knocks out the one-liners throughout. I imagine it’s like hanging out with an extremely clued-up mate at the pub.
And he’s got a whole bunch of real-life Dads to share their anecdotes too. Some are hilarious, others are brutally honest – but all offer that sense of ‘I’ve been there buddy and I’m still standing’.
So you’d recommend it?
If you are pregnant, want to be pregnant or just fancy a giggle, then yes, I highly recommend. Also, if you are a man, that’s double-brownie points – your partner will be impressed with your new-found knowledge and terminology.
I only wish I’d had Pregnancy for Men during my first 9 month-stint in a fat suit. I could have done with a laugh at birth plans, Braxton Hicks and baby bumps.
I was given the book Pregnancy for Men in exchange for a review, however all statements and opinions are very much my own.