Did you know? Dad's Pregnant Too!Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Second City Baby
Last week, I had the pleasure of chatting with Harlan Cohen, mastermind and author of the popular pregnancy advice book, Dad's Pregnant Too! Cohen, who lives in Lakeview and is the father of a toddler girl and baby boy, wrote the book to fill what he thought was a void in pregnancy advice for men whose wives were pregnant.
With the blessing of his wife (I would NEVER let my husband share the intimate details he does, but I admire it), Cohen writes the best tips and tales geared toward any man about to be a father. It makes for a good read for the wife as well.
The book is quite a tome (clocking in at over 500 pages), but it can be used as a quick reference guide and is easy (and fun) to read.
One of my favorite chapters include Cohen's diatribe about the "Accidental A-holes" that men can be during pregnancy. I will never forget the time (no, never), that my husband denied me the pleasure of a chocolate donut from Dunkin' Donuts late at night after a dinner out. As we zoomed by the shop on Clybourn the curse words could be heard all the way to the lake.
But enough of that.
Cohen's book will touch you with it's raw honesty and make you laugh with its good humor. It's also been medically reviewed, so you can trust the medical advice and related information as well. On his website, Cohen's installed a " Pregnancy Tracker" so dads (and anyone) can get pregnancy updates week by week. From the get-go it looks world's more helpful than the stock Babycenter.com "my baby is the size of a gumball" one.
Cohen said that the book "came from a place of love and respect," and that he wants to make the "uncomfortable" of pregnancy more comfortable. After reading it through, it's one of the books I wish we had on our "to-read" list during my pregnancies.
You can read more of my conversation with Harlan Cohen in the September issue of Chicago Parent Magazine. Dad's Pregnant Too! can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other leading booksellers.