Week 11 of pregnancy – what to expect

With the pivotal 12 week scan finally within reaching distance, expect tensions to be high during week 11 of pregnancy, as the fear well and truly sets in. The combination of peaking morning sickness, severe and constant fatigue as well as growing concerns over whether the baby is healthy and developing as it should be, can result in major fluctuations in your other half’s temperament this week. Expect mood swings and emotions in week 11 to be more unexpected and unexplainable than ever as she, and you, struggle… View Post

Week 10 of pregnancy – what to expect

As week 10 of our first pregnancy draws to a close, I have finally come to realise why there are no pregnancy Apps on the market targeted solely at dads in waiting. It’s because the transition to fatherhood is just so bloody slow! While my pregnant other half is going through huge physical changes (internally at least) at the same time as experiencing intense variations in her hormone levels, mood, appetite and general wellbeing, I’m still pretty much the same guy in week 10, inside and out, as… View Post

Is my pregnant wife taking advantage of me?

As followers of my blog will know, I’ll do pretty much anything for my expectant wife to help minimise her pregnancy mood swings and generally ensure that she, and our growing baby, are as comfortable, happy and protected as possible. But how far is too far when it comes to looking after your pregnant spouse?  In week 10 of our pregnancy, I discover the line that even I’m unwilling to cross… As a dutiful dad in waiting, I’ve taken charge of all the household basics: Make her breakfast… View Post

Will my experiences as an uncle make me a good dad?

I can’t lie…I think of myself as being a pretty awesome uncle; my nephews’ and nieces’ “absolute favourite” according to my child-laden older siblings. But can your experiences as an uncle ever truly prepare you for the trials and tribulations of fatherhood? Let me start by saying that I am somewhat of a special case. Being the proud uncle of nearly a football team worth of kids under the age of nine, I’ve learnt a huge range of skills that – WARNING: SMUG ALERT – most first-time dads can only dream of.… View Post

New Parent Debate: will our new baby take after Mummy or Daddy?

I’m pleased to launch today a new weekly feature on YOUTHEDADDY called New Parent Conversations, revealing the silliest exchanges that all new parents have with each other during their first pregnancy. This week, we’ll be looking at the hot topic of inherited traits and the debate over who the baby will take after most – Mum or Dad? Will your new baby inherit the best qualities of both parents, or (God forbid) all of the worst?! As it turns out, great minds don’t always think alike… Which of… View Post

10 unexpected perks of being an expectant dad

For those of you who read my recent post on early pregnancy symptoms, you may be excused for thinking that the first trimester is defined by months of mood swings, morning sickness and mandatory foot massages. But I’m pleased to report that there are in fact a wealth of widely unreported and largely unexpected perks of being a dad-to-be during the first three months of pregnancy, 10 of which I will exclusively share with you now. DISCLAIMER: Every pregnancy is different, and perhaps I’ve just been extremely lucky… View Post

Pregnancy mood swings and how expectant dads can help reduce them

As we enter week 8 of our first pregnancy, the heady euphoria of the past two months has been replaced by something altogether more sinister, as the most unpleasant pregnancy symptoms officially take hold. You may recall from my blog last week, “Life as an impatient Dad in waiting”, I was desperate for the morning sickness to kick in (sadistic, I know), just to give us both some outward sign that the pregnancy was progressing as it should. But let me tell you, this week the nausea has… View Post

Is it safe to eat sushi during pregnancy? Fact or Fiction?

After extensive research and decades of expectant mothers (and supportive fathers) shunning sushi during pregnancy, I have discovered that this is in fact one of the most widely misreported pregnancy myths out there – read on for the full story!… View Post