Will I experience hair loss during pregnancy?

Now before all the expectant mums out there start to panic, this post on hair loss during pregnancy is targeted mainly at the guys…the poor fathers-to-be whose luscious locks are under threat. One of the major perks of pregnancy for new mums (you know, aside from the famous ‘glow’ and of course the actual baby you get at the end of it) is that during the second trimester and beyond, most women experience an unexpected and positive change in their hair. As the pregnancy vitamins they have been… View Post

Weeks 13 to 15 of pregnancy – what to expect

As you enter the second trimester of your first pregnancy, weekly progress becomes a little less defined as the baby’s rate of growth speeds up considerably during weeks 13 to 15. According to my man’s guide to baby growth during pregnancy, the baby has had a serious growth spurt and is now around the size of a scotch egg – a world away from the golf ball it was just a few weeks ago. As a result, your pregnant other half should now be beginning to show, with a… View Post

New parent debate: Choosing baby names

For those who have missed previous iterations, our new weekly feature – New Parent Conversations – reveals 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 naming your baby and how difficult it is to come up with a shortlist of decent baby names that both Mum and Dad agree with! Because nothing makes you realise how many people you dislike than when you’re naming a baby… As always, it turns out that great minds don’t… 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

We’re pregnant! But shhh, it’s still a secret!

It’s halfway through week 8 of our first pregnancy, and still much too early to announce our exciting news to the world. But bloody hell, the secret is eating us alive…it’s just too big to keep to ourselves. As a couple, we’ve made a (weak) pact that we’ll wait until after the 12 week scan to tell our family and close friends that we’re having a baby. Meanwhile we’re still debating whether to wait until after our 20 week anomaly scan before telling the rest of the world, and whether or… 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

The wonderful world of pregnancy cravings

As every good woman knows, the surest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. And let me tell you, in week 7 of our journey towards parenthood, with pregnancy cravings now in full swing, my stomach (and I) couldn’t be happier. In the months before we started trying for a baby, my wife decided to enforce, with dictatorial relish, a strict and severe healthy eating regime to ensure we were in tip top shape to conceive. She dusted off her dreaded Hemsley + Hemsley cookbook (my… View Post