David Caren
The Irish Dad's Survival Guide to Pregnancy [& Beyond]

David Caren delivers a long ‘overdue’ practical, straight-talking pregnancy guide for Irish expectant dads – all from a dad’s perspective. Combining real-life experiences from a fraternity of Irish fathers, tried-and-tested tips and expert views.

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Congratulations, you’re having a baby. Yes, that’s right, you’re expecting too!

David Caren delivers a long ‘overdue’ practical, straight-talking pregnancy guide for Irish expectant dads – all from a dad’s perspective. Combining real-life experiences from a fraternity of Irish fathers, tried-and-tested tips and expert views, with highlights including:

  • Testing, Testing: Scans and Checks
  • What’s Up, Doc? Monitoring Mum
  • Prams, Trams & Automobiles: Choosing the Right Wheels
  • Lights, Camera (Maybe?), ACTION: The Delivery
  • Gone with the Sleep: Surviving Sleep Deprivation

Accessible, entertaining, reassuring – everything an expectant and new dad needs to know!

Fully reviewed and updated.

Congratulations ...  12

Introduction: You’re going to be a dad ...   15

It All Started with The ‘Late Late’ Show: Tell-tale signs that she’s pregnant!   15

A Game of Three Parts: Trimesters   25

Chapter 1: The First Trimester: Times they are a changin’  27

Trimester 1: Weeks 0–12   27

The ‘All-Day’ Infliction: Morning sickness   30

CATastrophe in Waiting: Toxoplasmosis   34

Take That out of Your Mouth ... The no-no foods of pregnancy   36

Won’t He Feel IT? Sex in pregnancy   38

What’s up, Doc? Well in advance of your new arrival   43

The ‘M’ Word: Miscarriage in pregnancy   47

Keeping Mum: The 12-week rule   54

Joe Public v Peter Private: Irish maternity care – an overview   55

Testing, Testing ... Scans and checks   63

What’s up, Doc? Monitoring mum   64

Join the Club: The waiting room   69

Chapter 2: The Second Trimester. When reality ‘kicks’ in  73

Trimester 2: Weeks 13–28   73

In My Day ... Handling advice   76

Nobody puts Baby in a Corner! Preparing a child forthe new arrival   77

Woof Time of It: Your dog and your unborn baby   79

I Can’t See Him as a Thor FitzGerald! The baby name game   81

Is That His Little ...? Finding out the sex of your baby   84

Seeing Things: Expecting multiples   86

The Name’s ‘Bond’: Bonding with your unborn baby   90

Small Change: The price of parenthood   92

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: Choosing the right family car   95

Buckle up! Choosing the car seat   98

Chapter 3: The Third Trimester. The final stretch   105

Trimester 3:  Weeks 28–Birth   105

‘I Love It When a Plan Comes Together ...’ The birth plan   108

The MANternity Bag: The expectant dad’s survival kit   112

Getting Anti about Attending: The antenatal class   114

In the Thick of It: Attending the birth   117

Grounded! Air restrictions   120

What’s up, Doc? Health concerns in the third trimester   121

Twigs and Berries: Preparing the nest   124

Kitting out Your Kid: The essentials   125

Prams, Trams and Automobiles: Choosing the right wheels   131

Chapter 4: Labour: The main event   139

Show Me the Baby ... Signs that she is in labour   140

Get that Kettle away from Me! How to deliver a baby ...   142

What’s up, Doc? The three stages of labour   145

Tongs of Praise: Assisted deliveries   148

Exploring Other Avenues: Caesarean section   151

Help Wanted: Pain relief in labour   153

I Like It in Here ... Natural methods for bringing out baby   159

Not the Cooking Appliance! Induction   163

Lights, Camera (Maybe?), ACTION ... The delivery   164

Afterbirth Antics: The third stage   179

Keep the Cord: Stem-cell collection   180

The Iceman Cometh: How are you REALLY feeling?   180

Chapter 5: Surviving the First Six Weeks: We are family ...   183

Home Alone: The final checklist   184

Get Into Line: Managing visiting hours   185

Mothering Mum: Postnatal depression   188

SAD DAD: Male postnatal depression   191

How to:
Change a nappy   195

Wind a baby   199

Bathe a baby   202

Stop a baby crying   206

Wolverine Rocks! Say no to rocking   209

Gone with the Sleep: Surviving sleep deprivation   210

It’s Breast to Bottle It ... The methods of feeding   214

Game on, Dad: Video games & fatherhood   223

Left Holding the Baby: Going back to work   225

Relight the Fires: Sex after birth   226

When Sex Can Mean More Babies!

The dad’s guide to contraception   228

What’s up, Doc? The six-week check-up   233

Dad’s the Final Word   235

Chapter 6: Men of the House  237

Role Reversal: The stay-at-home-dad   237

10 Survival Tips for the Irish SAHD   238

Putting Word to Web  241

Daddy Dragon   243

Chores Are All Done: Education & Innovation   245

Show Me the Money: What are your entitlements?   247

Chapter 7: Legal Issues: Everything you need to know but were afraid to ask …   257

Paternity Leave & Benefit    257

Parental Leave   265

Force Majeure Leave   269

Parent’s Leave   269

Maternity Leave for Fathers   271

Unmarried Dads and Guardianship Rights   271

Registering the Birth   276

Chapter 8: What’s up, Doc? The glossary   281

Useful Resources   289

References   291

Index   295

David Caren is a regular contributor on fatherhood and men’s health issues for print, web and radio. David is dad to three wonderful and welcoming distractions.

highly recommended

Tuam Herald

entertaining and reassuring – everything an expectant and new dad needs to know

Easy Parenting Magazine

definitely one of our must reads

Pregnancy & Parenting Magazine

'everything an expectant dad will need to know'

Maternity & Infant Magazine

'practical and easy-to-follow'

Maternity & Infant Magazine

'just the book to see ‘Daddy’ through'

Maternity & Infant Magazine

'help you celebrate and understand everything that’s going on ... full of everything you need to know'

Woman’s Way

'straightforward, humorous'

'a really wonderful resource for men'

'if you’re an expectant mum and are sick and tired of explaining the ins and outs of pregnancy ... then it might be a wise decision to give the man in your life the gift of ‘The Irish Dad’s Survival Guide to Pregnancy and Beyond'

'no topic is off limit in David’s book, there is an answer for every question an expectant father might possibly have'

'packed full of practical advice'

'we frequently get asked by our mums (and dads-to-be) where they can find information that’s aimed at men about pregnancy and parenthood and we’re delighted to say we have found just the book!'

'honest and real'

'I wish I'd had this book to read when I was pregnant - I found it a lot easier to read - and far less annoying - than some of the 'What to expect' type books I found myself reading and throwing on the floor!'

'just what expectant father's have been waiting for'

'written in a down-to-earth, straight-talking, no nonsense, humorous way, the book goes through everything the other 'pregnancy' books go through, but with Dad in mind, rather than mum'

'I would highly recommend it to any new Dad, or second, third, fourth (etc.) time Dad as a refresher guide'

'David Caren may become the male equivalent of Gina Ford, with every father-to-be hanging on his every word'

'covers everything nearly-fathers will need to know'

Irish Independent

'a down-to-earth practical guide'

Books Ireland

'refreshing ... accessible'

Sunday World

'filled with the most useful and most important information ... contains all the stuff one would have liked to know, but never knew enough to ask about'

The Irish Catholic

'be welcomed ... practical ... the fact that it's specific to Ireland elevates it above the majority of guides for expectant fathers'

Sunday Business Post

'it’s brilliant'

Tom Dunne Show

'humourous and practical'

Sunday World

'a handbook for all new members of the "expectant fathers" club'

Irish Times

'answers all those questions many fathers-to-be would never utter in the light of a pre-natal class'

Sunday World

'a fantastic read!'

Mums & Tots Magazine

'practical pointers and top tips for any new dad or dad to be in Ireland'

Mums & Tots Magazine
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