Hi everyone, I'm nearly 6 weeks pregnant and looking for some good books to read up on what to expect but more importantly I would like to find a book my partner can read. I have recently started to feel very tired and a little bit queasy around food but my boyfriend doesn't seem to understand or sympathise. I don't think he is being purposely insensitive I just think he honestly doesn't understand what happens to a woman's body and mind during pregnancy. I'm also being overly cautious and resting if I get slight cramping as I had a miscarriage at the end of September so I something think he gets sick of me saying "I'm soon tired" or "I don't feel so good"
Hey OP! To contrast with previous posters' opinions, my OP has enjoyed reading up on pregnancy, though he waited for the 12 week scan to read it as he didn't want to get too attached. I bought him the 'dummies guide' to pregnancy for dads (no nonsense- lots of billet points) he (very cutely) quotes things at me. It's great. Last week he thoughtfully informed me that my nipples had darkened, which he'd read about in the 'don't be freaked out when...' section. Ha!
Thanks for the responses I'll get myself on amazon. I just wish he would understand what I am going through, but I suppose that's every pregnant woman's wish. He's 35 and I'm nearly 34, he's not a massive reader but I'm sure he could cut the amount if time he sits on twitter follows sports results by 30 mins each day and fit in some educational reading, after all we have to do the really hard work!! Xxx
There was a book like a Haynes Manual for Dads - hilarious and honest, all in very man-friendly language and amusing because they talk about the baby like a car the whole way through, my husband thought it was hysterical and loved it so much he even lent it to his brother when he and his wife were expecting.
Can't remember what it was called, the Baby Manual or something like that... you can get it on Amazon for quite cheap.
Bit early for you as it's about having a baby rather than being pregnant but I really really remember DH sitting beside me in bed reading the opening section of 'Your Baby and Child' by Penelope Leach shortly before DS was born and starting to cry! Then I read it and totally lost it as well. We still both read her a lot, she is so kind and sensible about everything.
'What to expect' is dreadful, so preachy and boring. The only bit DH read from that was the page on managing an emergency delivery at home, just in case!
A lot of the pregnancy apps have a 'tips for the partner' section each day/week.
I gave my other half Kate Evans's "Bump", and told him to read it as he was driving me NUTS with trying to have conversations about stuff he didn't even know the basics about. It's definitely aimed at women, but it's funny, absolutely packed with properly researched facts, and has lots of good pictures, so it really appealed to him.