“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: 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. “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.”
Orenstein’s book is more of an infertility book than a “how to get pregnant” one; it describes her in vitro fertilizations, pregnancies, miscarriages, adoption attempts, and eventually having her daughter. Waiting for Daisy is a fascinating book that describes her psyche, marriage, and determination to get and stay pregnant — it’ll give you hope if you’re coping with infertility or tired of being disappointed every month when you get your period!
One of the most popular fertility books is Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health. A friend loaned me this book four years ago, and it’s been updated since then. It’s one of the best books on getting pregnant.
And, here are more fertility books to consider…
Fertility Books – The Best “How to Get Pregnant” Books
A Baby at Last!: The Couple’s Complete Guide to Getting Pregnant — From Cutting-Edge Treatments to Commonsense Wisdom is what I’m currently reading. It’s got TONS of info for couples coping with infertility. It’s not just a fertility book, it’s a summary of a fertility program that applies to many fertility clinics. It describes infertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization, how environmental toxins affect male and female fertility, and how age affects sperm count and ovulation. It’s a complete resource for getting pregnant.
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 egg donors to surrogates to ovulation prediction. And, this fertility book also describes how to keep your marriage strong — because relationship friction can make infertility much harder to cope with. Written by a woman (Jennifer Hanin) who couldn’t get pregnant and a fertility doctor (Daniel Potter), this book combines personal experience with infertility with medical advice and research.
Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility is the second most popular fertility book on Amazon (after Taking Charge of Your Fertility). Two doctors wrote this book — it’s a three month plan to get pregnant. The doctors identify “fertility types,” and cover everything from recognizing the causes of fertility problems to making lifestyle choices that enhance fertility to trying surprising strategies such as taking cough medicine, decreasing doses of fertility drugs, or getting acupuncture along with in vitro fertilization.
The Fertility Diet describes how your diet and lifestyle affects fertility, and discusses natural ways to predict ovulation. This fertility book offers 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. Food affects your fertility levels!
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. This fertility book is a natural guide to getting pregnant, and doesn’t cover infertility treatments.
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 and Tips for Couples Coping With Infertility.
Hannah’s Hope: Seeking God’s Heart in the Midst of Infertility, Miscarriage, and Adoption Loss describes how infertility affects us spiritually and emotionally. Author Jennifer Saake describes how faith and the inability to get pregnant (“barren” wombs) are interwoven. She describes 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!
If you have any thoughts or questions about these fertility books – or if you have a book to recommend! — please comment below.
For more fertility tips, read Fertility Help – 10 tips for Fertility and Getting Pregnant.