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At one point during a period of waiting, I became so frustrated with the feeling of helplessness that I decided I would read as much as I could on fertility and being pregnant.  That way, when I finally became pregnant, I would be ready! Some of these books were helpful during that time, and some of them were purchased during the brief time I was pregnant last year.

The one thing I kept thinking when I was reading them was that I wish I had started researching pregnancy and fertility long before I actually wanted to get pregnant. That way I could have started preparing with basic things, such as diet modifications, going off birth control, or just understanding the process of getting pregnant.

Here are links to each of the main books in my library.

The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant by Jean M Twenge, PhD (I wish I had read this book 3 years ago! This book also has a good section on handling miscarriage and deciding when to seek help from a doctor.)

What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel (While there is a short section on miscarriage, this was a book I purchased when I was pregnant, and probably wouldn’t have it otherwise.  It is a helpful as a reference during different stages of pregnancy).

Expecting Better by Emily Oster (This book is full of research that helps you make your own decisions about coffee, cheese, etc.  This is definitely one I wish I had ready before starting this process).

Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy (This was a great resource when I was pregnant, and I hope I will be able to reference it again soon!)

Nuture by Erica Chidi Cohen (Written by a Doula, this book is all about preserving your sanity before and during pregnancy and provides advice for meditation, movement, and journaling.)