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The Impatient Woman's Guide to Getting Pregnant Paperback – April 17, 2012
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--Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician and author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
“Reducing stress is essential for healthy conception, and this book is sure to help!”
--Stephanie McClellan, M.D., coauthor of So Stressed
"Psychology professor Twenge (Generation Me) cuts to the chase in this wonderful (and often humorous) guide to getting pregnant—and fast. The author explains that when she was trying to conceive, she read everything she could get her hands on—and found that much of the commonly accepted information was false. She decided to set matters straight and help women get pregnant as quickly and effortlessly as possible. Twenge takes a active and confident approach from the get-go, assuring women that if they use her methods of “fertility awareness,” there’s a good chance of getting pregnant on the first try. She offers three ways to determine the time of ovulation: charting, ovulation predictor kits, and fertility monitors, advising that the “Very Impatient Woman” use all three. Twenge details the vital importance of timing, citing research on the best days—and hours—to procreate as well as to synchronize ovulation with the chances for a boy or girl. This is a fine science, indeed, but Twenge explains her approach with clarity and precision. She debunks the myth that a relaxed attitude affects outcome and shoots down outdated statistics (e.g., oft- cited research about the fertility of women over 35 culled from birth records from France in the 1600s). Women hoping to conceive will swiftly find very helpful information in this manageable, informative, and entertaining guide." -- Publishers Weekly
About the Author
- Item Weight : 7.6 ounces
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781451620702
- ISBN-13 : 978-1451620702
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.44 inches
- Publisher : Atria Books; 1st edition (April 17, 2012)
- ASIN : 1451620705
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #78,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Now don’t get me wrong, I semi-enjoyed this book and the vast amount of information that it contained. However, as a 28-year-old trying to start her family - this book was definitely designed for an older woman attempting to get pregnant. The book often referenced ages ranging 35 and above while mentioning IVF frequently. Although all this information is important for any woman struggling to conceive, I feel at my present stage the information become overwhelming and useless. I found myself feeling more worried than comforted by the end of this book. Although the author reassures her readers that everything will be fine in most situations, I definitely feel a gray cloud forming overhead at the thought of being infertile. A seed was planted, but not in relation to making a baby but more like a seed of fear and urgency. The author throws around numbers as if that comforts a struggling woman trying to get pregnant, but in all reality these number are ambiguous as every woman is physiologically different. I personally didn’t find her statistical research and personal stories reassuring and my husband and I haven’t even attempt to get pregnant yet. Needless to say, I skipped several pages to find any information that I could use now and began to question the validity of the information I did find. Let’s just say her perspective is highly biased and this book should be retitle.
I guess what I was looking for was more of a book designed to help with the coping of starting a family. Nothing full of unicorns and rainbows, but something to encourage the excitement of trying to have a baby as a first timer. I was in search for information that would prepare me and allow me to get mentally and physically ready for the months to come while trying to conceive. I guess I’m still in search for the ultimate book and the advice here fell short of my expectations.
Maybe if trying to conceive naturally fails miserably I will come back and reference this book...
I did disagree with her philosophies on a few things (e.g., she recommends a lower-fat diet whereas I embrace a diet high in healthy fats, including well-sourced red meat; also, I cringe whenever I see people recommending synthetic folic acid over methylated folate, since so much of the population has MTHFR and using folic acid could lead to the very birth defects we are trying to avoid...but in her defense, much of the research on MTHFR and folate has occurred in the five years since her book was published, and even now most doctors are still blissfully ignorant of the harm that maternal supplementation folic acid can do to some babies).
If you are worried about how maternal age might affect your fertility, you will find her well-researched statistics comforting. I also appreciated that she spent some time really explaining the pros and cons of each method of tracking your ovulation, and citing statistics that really illustrate how important it is to time intercourse well if you want to get pregnant quickly.
Even though I am well-read in this area, I learned a few new things in her book. (For example, did you know that pregnancies resulting from sex ON the day of ovulation are more likely to miscarry than pregnancies that result from sex 1-2 days BEFORE ovulation? As someone who has lost four of six pregnancies, that is pertinent information that will inform our future timing choices.) I also learned some new stuff in her chapter on choosing your baby's gender, a concept that I'd previously written off as hooey.
This isn't the first book I'd recommend to someone who has already been struggling with infertility, but if I knew someone who was getting ready to start a family and needed a quick-but-thorough overview of the process, this would be my choice.
Well, let me save you some time and money: just get this book and read it cover to cover! That's all you need! If you're an over-achiever (or just like knowledge, like me) you should also get Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler, and then you'll really be armed with tons of information. I honestly think TCOYF should be standard issue to every girl on her 18th birthday--I aced high school anatomy and college biology, and dutifully went to yearly OB-GYN check-ups for twenty years, and yet I learned SO MUCH about my own body that was somehow new to me at age 35, just by reading TCOYF.
But, back to this book, The Impatient Woman's Guide to Getting Pregnant--thanks to the awesome information and tips in this book, and the knowledge I gained about my cycles through charting and using a fertility monitor, we conceived within two cycles once we started trying--and I'm over 35 and had some issues I was worried would lead to problems conceiving! I tell all my friends who are thinking about trying to conceive to get this book, a basal body temperature thermometer and the Clearblue Fertility Monitor and they'll be ready to go.
I wish this author would turn her talents and humor to a book on pregnancy or parenting--I so appreciated her data-driven yet entertaining approach to this topic. That said, once you ARE pregnant (thanks to this book) I recommend you check out Emily Oster's book Expecting Better, which is the closest thing I've found to this book on the topic of pregnancy.
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Typical impatient person.
This book is a great easy read. Very informative and funny. Calmed me down about the whole process.