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Best books for expectant dads: 7 pregnancy books for fathers-to-be

Discover some of the best books for expectant dads covering pregnancy, birth and the early days of parenthood…

It’s not just us mums who need some expert guidance and support before having a baby, but our partners, too. Whether it’s understanding what’s going on in your body during pregnancy, helping to plan all you need for your bundle of joy or learning how to be the best birth partner, thankfully it’s all covered in these pregnancy books for dads.

While there are thousands of pregnancy and birth books for mums to choose from, the selection is arguably a lot more limited for dads. But if you’re going to spend nine months growing and nurturing your baby before welcoming them into the world, the very least they can do is read up on some of what you’re going through and how to help you through it, right?! Here are some of the best books for expecting dads to get you started.

Pregnancy for Men: The Whole Nine Months

An international bestseller, Pregnancy For Men shares details on how baby grows month by month and how best to be a supportive partner at each stage of pregnancy and birth. A great read for first-time dads.

Pregnancy For Men, £8.99, Amazon

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The Expectant Dad’s Survival Guide

Rob Kemp’s need-to-know guide promises to tell men everything about what to expect during pregnancy and the first few weeks of parenthood. Featuring expert advice from midwives and obstetricians, it will ensure partners are well-informed about every stage of the journey.

The Expectant Dad’s Survival Guide, £10.85, Amazon

The Pregnancy Guide for Men

The Pregnancy Guide for Men features monthly guidance from the positive pregnancy test through to birth, providing insight on what their partner is experiencing and how to navigate everything that is expected of them without becoming overwhelmed.

The Pregnancy Guide for Men, £9.43, Amazon

Commando Dad

Prince William is said to be among the dads who have used the advice in this book, which covers everything fathers need to know from birth to three years. It may not cover the pregnancy, but it’s well worth a read before the baby’s arrival, as advice features how to survive the first 24 hours and how to be the best dad from the very start.

Commando Dad, £8.39, Amazon

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Dad’s Guide to Pregnancy for Dummies

First-time dads can read up on pregnancy and prepare for fatherhood in this book, written in the popular ‘for Dummies’ format. It covers anything dads may want to know, including what to expect at scans and appointments, advice on birth plans, labour and delivery, and how to navigate the first few weeks of their baby’s life.

Dad’s Guide to Pregnancy for Dummies, £7.99, Amazon

How to be a Dad: The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy, Birth & Dirty Nappies

Dr Oscar Duke has been described as the “guru of fatherhood” by Dermot O’Leary, who used this book as his own expert guide when he became a first-time dad in 2020. Tackling topics throughout pregnancy and the early weeks after birth, it’s little surprise this comprehensive book is rated 4.5 stars on Amazon.

How to Be a Dad, £8.99, Amazon

What parenting and pregnancy books for dads do you recommend?

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