Here are a few of my favorites – starting with the most recent book I’ve read about getting pregnant.
“Most women ask themselves at one time or another what it means to mother – what the cost might be to their careers or marriages, how it reshapes the self,” writes Peggy Orenstein in Waiting for Daisy. “And all of us, male and female, encounter pain and loss; all of us reckon with dreams unfulfilled, with the limits our younger choices have placed on our later lives. All of us have to figure out how to move beyond that regret.”
I read Orenstein’s book – Waiting for Daisy: A Tale of Two Continents, Three Religions, Five Infertility Doctors, an Oscar, an Atomic Bomb, a Romantic Night, and One Woman’s Quest to Become a Mother in one day. It’s not a “how to get pregnant” book; it describes her in vitro fertilizations, pregnancies, miscarriages, attempts to adopt, and eventually having her daughter. It’s a fascinating book that describes her psyche, marriage, and determination to get and stay pregnant.
And, here are several of my favorite books about getting pregnant…
Books About Fertility and Getting Pregnant
Have you been trying to get pregnant for a long time? Read Signs of Fertility Problems in Women.
The Fertility Diet: Groundbreaking Research Reveals Natural Ways to Boost Ovulation and Improve Your Chances of Getting Pregnant describes how your diet and lifestyle affects fertility, and discusses natural ways to improve ovulation. The Fertility Diet offers lots of research evidence about nutrition – such as how soy affects infertility – and says that weight loss, diet, and medications are the key factors in getting pregnant.
Riding the Infertility Roller Coaster: A Guide to Educate And Inspire is written by a medical social worker, and is a great book for friends and family members of couples coping with infertility. This book describes infertility in legal, financial, medical, and emotional terms – and provides a well-rounded perspective of fertility struggles.
The author of The Infertility Roller Coaster – Iris Waichler – contributed 5 Ways to Cope With Infertility, here on Quips & Tips.
Hannah’s Hope: Seeking God’s Heart in the Midst of Infertility, Miscarriage, and Adoption Loss is a wonderful read about how infertility affects us spiritually and emotionally. Author Jennifer Saake describes how faith and the inability to get pregnant (“barren” wombs) are interwoven and shares how she tried to conceive a baby — and eventually adopted. This book about infertility is based on the Christian Bible, and can increase your faith and connection with God or a Higher Power. It did for me!
What to Do When You Can’t Get Pregnant: The Complete Guide to All the Technologies for Couples Facing Fertility Problems describes several different ways to start a family, from in vitro fertilization to egg donors and surrogates to ovulation prediction. And, this infertility book also discusses maintaining a strong connection to your spouse (marital friction can make infertility much harder to bear!). Written by a woman (Jennifer Hanin) who couldn’t get pregnant and a fertility doctor (Daniel Potter), this book combines personal knowledge with medical facts.
Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health is the mother of all infertility books! It covers everything from testing your cervical fluid to examples of how to chart your temperature to predict ovulation. You’ll learn everything you need to know about the female reproductive cycle…and then some. A friend of lent this book to me when we were first trying to get pregnant. Unfortunately, it doesn’t offer a cure for infertility — just options for when you can’t get pregnant.
If you have any thoughts about these books about infertility — or if you have a book to recommend! — please comment below.