Who am I to question Heidi Murkoff? Her book has sold over 34 million copies and even been made into a Hollywood movie. It is an invaluable resource that is helpful, knowledgeable, and a must read for all expecting parents.
At home, I consider myself involved as much as possible in the pregnancy process, trying my best to overcome fears and prepare for fatherhood. As I read through this pregancy bible, I've noticed a few things. There's some pretty harsh language towards men.
Here's an excerpt:
Your baby is growing by leaps and bounds, reaching nine inches in length and passing the pound and a half mark. Under his skin, capillaries are forming and filling with blood and by week's end, air sacs (also lined with capillaries) will develop in his lungs, getting them ready for that first breath.Did you catch that? Very subtle but it's there. Sometimes you have to read between the lines. Here’s what I got out of it:
While you continue to sacrifice your body, expending energy as you create the tiny miracle growing inside of you, your man-child husband contributes nothing. He lies on the couch, sprawled out watching football while contributing nothing to the cause. If you had a real man he would understand your feelings and offer to massage your feet while baking brownies in the oven. He would feed you grapes by hand, fanning your flushed face in between vacuuming the house during the commercials breaks of the Lifetime marathon, He's Guilty!
There is a slight chance that I may be reading into this a bit more than I should, but I think I'm on to something here. What to Expect? More like What is Expected. Now if you'll excuse me I have a batch of brownies to check on...
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