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What expectant dads need to know

Welcome to the Dads Guide to Pregnancy, for expectant dads like you.

This guide is written for dads, with dads, by experts who are dads. To create it, we asked Australian dads about the information they wanted when their partners were pregnant. The topics and information here are based on what they told us.

And like all articles on the Raising Children website, the information in the Dads Guide is reliable, scientifically validated and based on actual parenting research.

To get started, choose a pregnancy stage below.

 
  • Happy couple

    Early pregnancy: 1-13 weeks

    This is the first trimester, from 1-3 months of pregnancy. You might have mixed feelings about the changes ahead – that’s normal. Finding out what to expect can help.
     
  • Father-to-be looking at partner's stomach

    Middle pregnancy: 14-24 weeks

    This is the second trimester, from 3-6 months of pregnancy. It still might not feel real, but it’s a good time to think about work-life balance, your own dad and your relationship.
     
  • Hands on pregnant stomach

    Late pregnancy: 25-40 weeks

    This is the third trimester, from 6-9 months of pregnancy. It can feel like a countdown to match day, until you finally get to run onto the ground and be in the game as a dad.
     
  • Father giving baby a bath

    Dads toolkit

    If you’re already a dad or just want to get prepared, check out these tools and services to help you grow with your child.
     
  • Tell us what you think

    Got something to tell us?

    This guide is a work in progress. We value your comments on it. If there’s a topic you’d like to see, please send us your feedback.
     
 
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