I’m a prolific reader so it is no surprise that I devoured almost many books about infertility when I was struggling to get pregnant.
I read ” How to get pregnant” books, novels about infertility as well as memoirs in a request to find the magic solution that would give me the BFP I was anxiously waiting for.
I think it also helped to read books by people who had “been there, done that” and had positive outcomes. Inspiring books can give you hope on the darkest days.
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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.
Top Books To Read About Infertility
Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility
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.
The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies
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.
The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant
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.
The Ten-Year Club: A Decade of Infertility and Us
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.
Inconceivable: A Woman’s Triumph over Despair and Statistics
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.
Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health
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.
The Two Week Wait: A Novel
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. The story is very heartfelt and you really get drawn into the characters’ lives by the end of the book.
The Underachieving Ovary
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.
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Dr Patrick Quinn
Friday 17th of August 2018
Incredible List! Thanks for the statistical data you have given. Such posts should be shared to create awareness about IVF. Great post I have come across. Good to see this list! So useful, I had faced many people who are having issue with infertility Thanks to you that you have shared such a useful guide,I will now share this with some of my patient, that useful for them.