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My Boys Can Swim!: The Official Guy's Guide to Pregnancy

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  302 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Finally--A Pregnancy Book That Won't Put Men to Sleep
My Boys Can Swim! tells real men everything they really want to know about pregnancy, such as: How much is it going to cost? Why does your wife primp before seeing her doctor when she hasn't put a stitch of make-up on for you in months? And, most important, what's it going to do to your sex life?
This rollicking, laugh
Paperback, 112 pages
Published September 22nd 1999 by Three Rivers Press (CA)
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Jan 05, 2009 rated it did not like it

Lots of jokes about not calling your pregnant wife fat. Nice.
Jun 08, 2009 rated it did not like it
After reading this book I have come to realize that men, in general, have absolutely no clue how to treat, care and love a woman...This book was awful and disappoints from the very first page. If you have trouble reading anything at all and your common sense about women is considerably lacking, then yes, this book is perfect for you, but for the rest of us that have a clue and do not need to listen to some guy that obviously has little to no experience with emotions before getting pregnant, can ...more
Sep 14, 2010 rated it did not like it
I bought this one for Mark, but I ended up being the only one of the two of us reading it (he didn't like it at all). It was funny, very short, and full of crap. It had a lot of hurtful generalities ("She'll get so fat! She'll get so crazy! Expect to be dodging bullets and ducking for cover constantly!") and not a lot of helpful information. Not recommended.
Aug 31, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: expectant fathers with an hour to spare
Shelves: humor
This book is a very short read and you'll be finished in an hour or so. I didn't read the book until after our son was born, so that definitely reduced its impact. It's funny and insightful, but the audience for this book is the same as that for "men's guides to getting married." My wife was much more rational as an expectant mother as a bride-to-be; this book will make you appreciate the mother of your child just a little bit more if she is cut from the same cloth.
Phil Zimmerman
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Many reviews of this book on goodreads are harsh saying this book is mean to pregnant women. I couldn't disagree more. I loved the tone of the book and it added just the right amount of irreverence and humor needed to rather serious subject.

This book isnt supposed to be "What to Expect" its meant to be more like the "Daily Show". It gives you real helpful information is a fun, silly way.
Mar 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Got this for my husband and I read it first to make sure it would be something he'd like. I read it within an hour and it was funny and informative - just enough to get Daddy-to-be interested and involved with humor to keep him entertained throughout. :)

Definitely a good buy for any daddy-to-be (or mommy-to-be, for that matter!)
Jan 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: The men and the ladies
Recommended to Bianca by:
Originally I bought this book for my husband, obviously from the title, right? But decided to check it out myself. It's very cute, short and to the point. It's like the girlfriends guide to pregnancy for men, with their attention span in mind. I mean, how long can a book about pregnancy, geared towards men, be? Not very...Anyway, it was a fun and humorous read!
Jan 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
I bought this for my hubby when I was pregnant and it was hilarous! I think it was the first time I saw him finish a book and enjoyed it. It gives great advice to new mom's like, just pull over when she has to pee and don't ask questions about her weight.
Dec 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I got this book for my husband when I was pregnant. I read it and could NOT stop laughing. I love his description of maternity underwear! This books doesn't provide a lot of useful information, but it provides some. It's light hearted and funny. Get it just because it will make you laugh.
Matt Piechocinski
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
My wife got this for me when she found out she was was pregnant, and I read to compete against her hormones, which I'm losing the battle against. It is what it is, mostly common sense or knowledge.
Jan 08, 2008 rated it it was ok
I picked this up at the library for my husband. Thought maybe I should read it before I went encouraging him to. The book is written for someone who is either a) stupid or b) looking for extremely light reading. It's not bad; it's just not good, either.
Dec 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
This was a very stupid book, and the ridiculous attempts at humor were offensive and insensitive. I pity the woman who has a man like that in her life
Jason Bagley
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
A quick read that only covers from the time your wife becomes pregnant to birth. It's a pretty funny book with some basic info you might want to know about.
Jan 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
Short but very funny book. A great "crash course" for new dads-to-be, and a very funny gift for the man who has just learned he is going to be a father.
Oct 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Hilarious! Perfect for guys who may not like to read (it's very short!). Pregnancy from a guy's perspective.
Jan 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: other
A very funny "guide" for men.
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Moderately amusing at points. But you can tell it's a little dated - at one point the author refers to TLC as if the channel still showed educational programming.
Dec 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fathers to be
Very funny and can be read in a few bathroom breaks.
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rob by: Jennifer
A humorous take on preparation for parenthood. I had a few chuckles and can't wait to see how much of what was stated is true!
May 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
The first and possibly only baby book my husband bought for himself.
Lots of pictures. Cartoons even. How come women's books never have fun photos? Only horrid ones of alien fetuses.
Brandon Barnes
Some crude humor, but overall, oddly, one of the more beneficial books I read while my wife was pregnant.
Jul 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Got this book for my husband when I got preggo and he liked it so much I read it too. Very funny, a great representation of the pregnancy and childbirth experience from the man's perspective.
Aug 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
My husband absolutely loved this book! Short enough to maintain his attention span, but realistic enough to get across what really happens to us women in pregnancy. I even got a huge kick out of it!
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Appropriately funny, but mostly in a not-very-edifying, caustic kind of way.
Jun 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
my husband loved this book and gets for all his friends when they are expecting their first child.
Dec 23, 2008 rated it liked it
My husband got this as a Christmas gift and I read it in one sitting. It was funny and got right to the point.
Aug 22, 2007 rated it really liked it
Funny book! I got this book for Heath (obviously) and he did read the whole did I for kicks.
Sep 04, 2011 rated it liked it
an adorable and concise book for soon-to-be dads
Feb 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Great for the hubbies...
Funny, frank and tender.
Jun 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Well what can I say ... it gives a very humorous account of pregnancy from a guy's point of view.
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