This post marks the first post in what shall hopefully become a regular series! Huzzah! A book review series! There are soooooo maaaaaany books out there relating to fertility, trying to conceive, pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. Thousands. Millions? I’m not sure, but definitely hundreds of thousands. My goal with these posts is to help steer you away from the bad books and towards the good books. And I’m not talking about the Bible!! *wink* Some people call the Bible, ‘The Good Book.’ That’s why it’s a joke. But not a very good one if I feel the need to explain it… Anyway! I love to read, and not to brag but…I’m pretty good at it. Haha. I’m really sleepy today, so I think it’s making me a tad loopy.

Okay – FOCUS JESS. When my husband and I decided a few months ago to board the Baby Train, I immediately ordered two books from Amazon. One of those books was The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant by Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D. I chose this book, because I am clearly impatient, and because a lot of the reviews said the book was very funny.

Not including the appendices, this book is only 181 pages long, and therefore is a quick read. The author, Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D. is also the author of Generation Me, and is a professor of psychology at San Diego State University. Having grown up in Southern California, I know that SDSU is a notorious party school, but I tried not to hold that against Dr. Twenge. Dr. Twenge expertly manages to skirt the line between being incredibly informative (without sounding pretentious) and entertaining and conversational.

There are 12 chapters in The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant starting with before you try to conceive, moving through explaining ovulation and when the best time to “dance the Baby Dance” is, to age and fertility stats, how to deal with all of the waiting, and sadly and lastly, miscarriages. In the first chapter, Dr. Twenge states something we all know, but may not think about.

“Not long ago, women who wanted to get pregnant simply threw away their birth control and went about their lives. Few knew anything about when they ovulated or gave much thought to how their diet might affect their fertility. The idea of preparing to get pregnant would have seemed strange.
Not anymore. These days, more and more women take a proactive approach. We’re Impatient Women who don’t want to sit around and wait.”

It’s so weird to me that my mom just…stopped trying to not get pregnant and that was her whole approach to trying to conceive. I am fairly Type-A, and I am definitely proactive, like Dr. Twenge said, so doing nothing doesn’t really work for me. This is the main reason why I loved this book. Dr. Twenge totally spoke my language. She made me feel normal, she was relatable and she was easy-going throughout the whole book. There is definitely a lot of humour in this book, but don’t expect to be gasping for breath, because you just read the funniest fertility knock knock joke you’ve ever read/heard.

Because I am a Type-A person, I took notes while I was reading this book. I have a notebook that I’ve decided will be for all fertility/trying to conceive/pregnancy knowledge, that way it’s all in one place and easy to reference. Here are some of the main points that I took away from this book:

  • Most prenatal vitamins do not have enough Calcium. You need a separate Calcium + Vitamin D supplement.
  • S.O.S. Diet – Spinach, Olives and Salmon (These are keywords to remember and associate with the types of food you should be eating.)
  • With regard to dairy, full fat > low fat. Best choice: plain yogurt. Dr. Twenge suggests cutting the bitterness of the yogurt with fruity baby food, since it is sugar-free.
  • Avoid carbonated beverages while trying to conceive.
  • Always avoid trans fats – partially hydrogenated oils.
  • Rigging your baby’s gender – sex closer to/on the day of ovulation = a girl, sex further from ovulation = a boy!
  • Best time to take a pregnancy test: 14 days post-ovulation with your first-of-the-morning pee. First Response Early Result is best. All brands of tests work, it just takes more hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) for certain tests to register the pregnancy.

Overall, I would absolutely recommend The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant to anyone who is trying, or thinking about trying, to conceive. Especially given the fact that it is only 181 pages long – what do you really have to lose? This definitely isn’t the only book you’ll want to read, but it is a great and entertaining introduction to the world of Baby Dancing (Dr. Twenge’s term, not mine).

(Just a little disclaimer – the Amazon link in this post is my affiliate link, and if you purchase The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant through said link, I get a tiny commission!)

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Author: Jess Leonard

It's me, Jess! Seen here with Husband, and one of our pooches, Ainsley. I'm 27-years-old, beyond ready for babies, and super broke. Join me on this insane journey of figuring out how to live the lives we want as baby crazy, but heavily indebted millennials. Fun facts about me: I grew up in Southern California, near Coachella, I looooove jamming on my planner (I use a MAMBI Happy Planner), and my spirit animal is Leslie Knope.

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