I’m a prolific reader. I probably read 3-4 books a week so it is no surprise that I devoured almost every book on infertility when I was trying to get pregnant.
I read ” How to get pregnant” books, novels about infertility and memoirs in a request to find the magic bullet that would give me the BFP I was anxiously waiting for.
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Here are my favorite books about getting pregnant and infertility, the books I read again and again. Some are sad, some are funny, all are hopeful. All are useful in their own way.
Top books to read about Infertility
This book is great when you are just starting to TTC or are looking to focus your efforts a bit more. It is highly recommended by fertility support groups due to the gentle approach.
The book helps you find your fertility “type” and then provides you with a personalized plan for diet, medications, and vitamins to help you get in tip-top form to conceive.
I really enjoyed this book for the complementary ideas drawn from Chinese medicine as well as the information and ideas from more traditional sources.
This book is great for those who are already working with an RE or considering starting treatments and would like to help the process as much as possible themselves.
This is a great book if you are feeling the pressure to get pregnant from external sources. It calmed me down when I felt like time was slipping through my fingers and it had to be this month or never. Lots of great tips for getting pregnant and optimizing your chances each month.
This book aims to explain effects of infertility on couples and how they relate to the outside world which doesn’t really understand what they are going through. It’s a refreshingly honest view of the toll infertility stress can put on relationships.
As I mentioned in this post on fertility foods, Inconceivable is the book that changed my life around and made me stop despairing and start taking action. It’s a memoir by Julia Indichova of her struggles to get pregnant and how she overcame the odds through diet and lifestyle changes.
I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a different approach to their infertility. Julia tries everything after being turned away from IVF clinics due to her high FSH levels.
TCYF is the most recommended book for learning about temping, ovulation and learning about your cycle. I have friends who absolutely swear by this book.
If you know nothing about natural birth control and the ways you can confirm ovulation, this book really goes into depth on these topics and leaves no stone unturned. Personally, I never found temping to really work for me (got my hopes up with high temps just one too many times) so I ended up using a Clearblue Fertility Monitor instead which took the guesswork out.
This book tackles the subject of IVF and donor eggs through the eyes of two very different women living in the UK. If you are chick lit, this is a great one. It is very heartfelt and emotional and you really get drawn into the two characters by the end.
The Underachieving Ovary is written in diary form and outlines the author’s journey to parenthood. Despite the depressing topic, it somehow manages to inject humor into the struggle of infertility. I found it hilarious, well-written and just what I needed to get through the dark days.
Those are my top recommendations for books about infertility. I hope they give you some information to help you on your journey, and that your journey is as short as possible! If you have another book to recommend that might help someone else, please comment below and I’ll add it to the list.
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