Favorite Pregnancy And New Parenting Books For Dad


Favorite Pregnancy And New Parenting Books For Dad

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In this article, we'll discuss our Favorite Pregnancy And New Parenting Books For Dad

When women are pregnant, it seems that everything pregnancy related is targeted toward them. On the one hand, it makes sense, but dads are going along on this exciting and scary journey too!

Studies have shown that men who take a more active role in their partner's pregnancy are happier and more optimistic about the parenting experience. See more at The Importance of an Involved Father in a Child's Life.

Pregnancy may be easier on some women than others, but one thing is for sure, having a supportive partner during this time is extremely important. You may also want to read How Can You Be A Supportive Dad During Pregnancy And Labor? and Supporting Mom's Emotional Health During Pregnancy, Part 1 of 2 and Part 2 of 2.

If you are a dad and want to take a fully active role in the pregnancy and your child's life - firstly, well done to you, and secondly, you need to educate yourself by picking up some or a few or at least one or two pregnancy books on this list!

No matter what you may be uneducated about, that will soon turn around thanks to this excellent selection of books. And you'll be well prepared for what's to come.

Pregnancy For Men, The Whole Nine Months by Mark Woods 

Pregnancy For Men, The Whole Nine Months by Mark Woods

The nine months of pregnancy might not seem like a lot of time in hindsight but so much happens during those months. This book uses humor to educate men on everything that is going to happen and gives you actionable tips on how to best support your partner.

Any man can understand this type of book, even those who feel they don't have a clue about pregnancy! Surviving those long nine months of pregnancy and helping your partner do the same puts you on a very positive step to parenthood. 

What to Expect When Your Wife is Expanding by Thomas Hill

What to Expect When Your Wife is Expanding by Thomas Hill

The name might have already suggested this, but this book is going to be a laugh a minute and will have you howling. But it will also leave you well informed about your partner's pregnancy and beyond.

Not only will you learn what is happening to your partner's body as the months go by, but you will learn how to deal with the kaleidoscope of moods and everything else that comes with these nine months.

This is a light-hearted pregnancy guide without any of the technical mumbo jumbo. For many men, this is something that is very appealing and makes it one of the best pregnancy books.

Dummy by Matt Coyne

Dummy by Matt Coyne

This is such a popular book and earns its place on the list of favorite pregnancy books for dads. This is not a traditional pregnancy or parenting book. It's a lot more fun than that, so for some, it's a must-read.

A lot of guys feel as though we are dummies during pregnancy, and if you feel out of your depth during this time in your life, this book is meant for you!

It uses comedy while giving real-life advice related to pregnancy. You've probably never thought of diaper disasters before, but Matt Coyne has, and he even categorizes them for you!

This is an easy read for dads and mums-to-be who feel like they don't have it quite together yet, but by no means want to be a dummy.

Dude, You're Gonna Be A Dad, How To Get Through The Next 9 Months! by John Pfeiffer 

Dude, You're Gonna Be A Dad, How To Get Through The Next 9 Months! by John Pfeiffer

There is a lot of "man humor" in this light, easy-to-read, enjoyable book, which makes the information easily accessible to a male readership, though the macho humor may be off-putting for some.

Perhaps this is better for an under 30's crowd. Maybe the book plays up too much on potentially selfish and incompetent male behavior. 

However, it is on-point, and you will learn everything from taking a pregnancy test, attending doctor's appointments, your partner's mood swings, and what will happen to her body over the months ahead.

This book, which bypasses a lot of extraneous detail in favor of an enjoyable read with some good laughs, isn't a textbook, but it may be a good book to read first to get a reasonable overview of pregnancy.

The Expectant Dad's Survival Guide by Rob Kemp 

The Expectant Dad's Survival Guide by Rob Kemp

You might have some thoughts that seem a little random now that you are expecting a baby, but nothing is too random for The Expectant Dad's Survival Guide. Rob Kemp covers everything from the basics to some more unusual queries like how to deal with your partner breastfeeding in public.

The birth itself is obviously a scary time not only for the mother, but for you too. You will learn everything necessary to become a perfect birthing partner, which is also going to put you on the right path to fatherhood.

This is a great gift for a man who is about to become a dad and is very uncertain about what he's doing. This witty and funny book includes expert advice from obstetricians, psychologists, and male midwives. And the book's tone is quite supportive and encouraging.

You will have a far better idea about pregnancy when you have finished it than when you started it.

We're Pregnant: The First Time Dad's Pregnancy Handbook by Adrian Kulp

We're Pregnant! The First-Time Dad's Pregnancy Handbook by Adrian Kulp

Adrian Kulp has many books on pregnancy and parenthood, and this is an easy read for first-time parents-to-be. It's concise and insightful--a funny and friendly standout.

It will provide you with weekly stats and information on mom and baby, similar to the info that pregnancy apps provide. You will learn about the changes a pregnant woman's body goes through and the best way for you to deal with them.

Just because you are becoming a dad for the first time doesn't mean that you have to be perfect, and this is something that the author reaffirms time and again. It is enough to care, be knowledgeable, be there, and take action.

This read will give you insight into issues big and small—for instance, a larger issue such as setting family goals. You will also discover that you will be a lot more confident dad-to-be after reading We're Pregnant.

A couple of caveats, this book provides next to no coverage on delivery and birthing, so you'll have to get that elsewhere. And the book is occasionally repetitive.

What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff

What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff

This is undoubtedly one of the most acclaimed pregnancy books of all time, and though it is decidedly written with the expectant mother in mind, it can be nearly as helpful for dads. In fact, studying this book with your partner would be highly beneficial for you both! 

If there was only one book you were going to read, this could be the only book you would need. This book has moved with the times, and there have been new and up-to-date editions brought out frequently. This book has been named one of the 'Most Influential Books of the Last 25 Years' by USA Today.

It is pretty much a tome at 656 pages and is considered the pregnancy bible by many. It is rated a remarkable 4.8 stars on amazon, and for a good reason. Before reading, though, be sure that you're up for the challenge of something so extensive.

Many women credit Heidi Murkoff as being their best friend throughout pregnancy, a credit to how well the book is written and how relatable it is. As a hands-on dad, if you can read this book from cover to cover, you will become extremely well informed about what to expect when your wife is expecting. A pro, in fact.

From Dude to Dad: The Diaper Dude Guide to Pregnancy by Chris Pegula with Frank Meyer

From Dude to Dad: The Diaper Dude Guide to Pregnancy by Chris Pegula and Frank Meyer

This is a particularly casual yet extremely enthusiastic book that aims to give you a laugh or two while still becoming informed. You will learn about each trimester and what you need to be doing during each of them, as well as during labor and postpartum.

You'll learn how to be the best partner imaginable and how to start bonding with your baby immediately.

This is a really easy ride and one that you'll be glad you went on. It does not overwhelm you as many pregnancy books do. And it lets you feel okay about being scared out of your mind during pregnancy. 

Heidi Murkoff, the author of What To Expect When You're Expecting, sums it up by saying, "Tells it like it is and like it will be, with humor, empathy, insight, and practical, relatable advice." A solidly good choice for men on the parenting journey. 

The Expectant Father by Armin A. Brott and Jennifer Ash Rudick 

The Expectant Father by Armin A. Brott and Jennifer Ash Rudick

This book is the best-selling pregnancy guide for men, with millions in circulation. It uses a month-by-month format so it can be read in monthly chunks and concludes with labor and delivery. It includes insights from OB-GYNs, researchers, and hundreds of dads and moms. 

This book connects on multiple levels and is a great guide not only for an expectant father-to-be but at the same time as the support system of the expectant mother. This is a great book that has a ton of positive reviews, so it is worth giving it a read.

There is an updated version that even has information about financial planning, work-life balance, and covid and your baby, which is extremely useful. Impress your partner by having all this pregnancy information down to a tee.

Fatherhood The Truth by Marcus Berkmann

Fatherhood The Truth by Marcus Berkmann

This book will keep you laughing your head off, but it will also have you reading important information from conception and way beyond.

There is no doubt that pregnancy and the subsequent birth of a new child are life-changing-scary, and the author is very clear about the ups and downs that parenting has in store for you. 

Marcus knows what he is writing about, and he educates you all about it in a funny, good-natured way that won't leave you feeling left out on your own. There is more than a good chance this will become a new go-to guide on your way to parenthood and partnership.

Dad's Pregnant Too! by Harlan Cohen 

Dad's Pregnant Too! by Harlan Cohen

This is an everyday man's guide to pregnancy, labor, delivery, and the early stages of parenting. There are many things to like about this book besides its title.

It's an interesting read because it was put together with real-life stories and anecdotes from everyday dads who have been through those challenging but rewarding moments. This read is a guide that includes FAQs, trivia, and what to expect in every situation throughout pregnancy.

If you plan on being as hands-on as possible, this book will help. It is super witty while remaining informative and has positive feedback from men all over the globe, so you can't go wrong adding it to your bookshelf.

Show Dad How by Shawn Bean 

Show Dad How by Shawn Bean

If you're on the prowl for something a little different, this book is a lot different! It makes a great quirky gift idea for dads who don't like to read but would rather be entertained and educated by a nearly wordless, fully illustrated, hilarious work of art! 

It can make you wonder how such a book could be so useful when comprised mostly of images, but it has a ton of positive reviews, so it may be worth adding it to your bookshelf. An easily digestible, great gift idea that covers all the things a dad needs to know from conception through baby's first year. 

This book is almost like when you buy a piece of furniture and have the flat pack instructions on how to put it together, but for a baby instead.

Don't Just Stand There by Jon Lichenstein and Elissa Stein

Don't Just Stand There by Jon Lichenstein and Elissa Stein

This pregnancy book is unique because it is written by a husband and wife team wanting to share what they learned through pregnancy. 

The title of this book is apt as it is solely about the labor process, so if this is something you want more information on, it is worth a read. This book will help dads learn about the birthing process and from feeling useless during labor and leaving their partner frustrated.

All laboring women want different things, of course, and this book even has a handy section to write individual preferences. 

The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Partners, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions by Penny Simkin

The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Partners, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions by Penny Simkin

When a woman is in labor, men sometimes don't know what to do or feel like they are standing around like a spare part. But this doesn't have to be the case, you can be a fully present birthing partner in every sense, and this book helps you do just that.

This nearly 400-page textbook is full of information about everything in the labor room, from how to prepare for labor with your partner, pain relief techniques, possible interventions, C-sections, breastfeeding, and newborn care. 

The more informed you are about what happens during birth, the more likely you will give your partner the support she needs.

Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook For New Dads by Gary Greenberg and Jeannie Hayden

Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook For New Dads by Gary Greenberg

This is a funny and informative guide, chock full of illustrations and down-to-earth advice. This concise yet detailed book is written much like a boy scout handbook and is considered by many to be the best manual for newbie dads. It gets 4.7/5 *s on Amazon.

This quick, no-frills, easy-to-read book holds your attention. It was written by a real dad to get you through real situations using lots of stories from other men.

Just one caveat. The book could use a revision. The section on VHS cameras is obviously outdated, but so what? 99% of the information is still relevant.

Easily digestible but more than a little helpful, this book doesn't talk down to you. Rather, it gets you even more excited about being a dad. Be prepared and surprised by how good this book is and how it helps you to be more prepared than expected.

We're Parents! The New Dad's Guide to Baby's First Year by Adrian Kulp

We're Parents! The New Dad's Guide to Baby's First Year by Adrian Kulp

One of Adrian's Kulps pregnancy books was mentioned earlier, and this one also deserves a place on our list. This one starts at baby's birth and goes through her first birthday.

This comprehensive guide discusses your baby in three-month intervals with plenty of how-to instructions, quick reference guides, cheat sheets, tutorials, household tasks, stats, and developmental milestones that help you be a with-it, productive parent.

You will get all the information required to ace the first year of parenthood; all you have to do is follow through.


There is no doubt that becoming a dad is a milestone event in your life. Pregnancy and birth may feel like the longest time in your life, but paradoxically it also whizzes by. It's essential to be prepared so you can support your partner and let her know by your actions that the two of you are in this together.

You are not going to be perfect during pregnancy, and neither will the mum, but by being informed, you can be as good as possible for yourself.

Of course, you don't need to read every single book on this list, but reading a few or at least one or two that really strikes your fancy is highly recommended. Before you know it, you will be a knowledgeable dad-to-be and have eliminated the imposter syndrome that may be worrying you.

You will actually know what you are talking about when it comes to pregnancy and the first year after birth.

About the author 

Dan Sperling

I'm the proud father of two great children. They are grown up now, and although I would have preferred to be a stay-at-home dad, I had to work. Luckily, I could work out of my home so I was around a lot. I ran a video production company, had a couple of great guys working with me and it allowed me to be around the children a lot. I was the "fun guy" for my kids and fathering was something I just took to.
When my daughter became pregnant, I was glad to see my son-in-law was doing everything right--or as good as it gets--we're always winging it, right? It got me thinking that so many dads would like to be more emotionally involved and knowledgeable when it comes to their wives' pregnancy and the first year of their children's lives.

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