What to Expect When Your Wife is Expanding is a gem of a little book. It is written for dads and, like most books for expectant fathers, it aims to be funny. While reading this one, I actually laughed out loud. Often.
What to Expect When Your Wife is Expanding contains a chapter for each month of pregnancy, plus one on labor and delivery, and one on the initial weeks with a baby. Each chapter offers bits of real advice and accurate information interspersed with humorous running commentary. The commentary is exaggerated, but true-to-life, and sheds some light on what to expect from pregnancy and parenthood.
Most importantly, What to Expect When Your Wife is Expanding makes fun without degrading anyone and there is an under current of love and respect throughout the book. It does not make any attempt to be a book that shares evidence-based birth knowledge. In fact, it encourages folks to look elsewhere for that. Ironically, What to Expect When Your Wife is Expanding actually does a better job sharing decent information than many “educational” pregnancy books. I found few errors or biased information here, and there are many times when the author finds an accurate way to sum up evidence-based answers in just a sentence or two.
As an expectant father, you may not find that it meets all of your needs. A more detailed discussion of how to give great labor support would benefit all dads and there is wisdom in really looking carefully at any specific decisions facing your family. As a basic place to start, What to Expect When Your Wife is Expanding is a nice book. Enjoy!
What to Expect When Your Wife is Expanding’s Author, Thomas Hill
Thomas Hill is a father of six children. He is also a creative director and award-winning advertising writer at TV Land.