Recommended reading to help you learn from others' fertility journeys, feel more understood and not so alone. Keep in mind that it can be scary to read about fertility struggles if you're preparing for pregnancy, but haven't started trying. Read those books you feel will help you wherever you may be on your fertility journey.
By Diane Chandler
A bittersweet, at times funny, and emotionally raw novel about a professional couple with high flying careers who meet when they’re young, but leave it late for trying for a baby. As they battle through gruelling fertility treatment, it explores the emotional and physical strain it places on each of them personally, as well as their marriage. Feelings of hope, despair, blame, guilt and resentment, test their relationship like never before as they desperately long for baby. What makes this story so honest is that it’s informed by the author’s own experience of going through multiple IVF cycles.
Read how Diane Chandler weaved her own personal experience of IVF into her novel.
Dare to Dream
By Izzy Judd
Izzy Judd provides a heartfelt account of her struggles to become a mother. Diagnosed with Polcystic Ovary Syndrome, Izzy struggled to conceive naturally and embarked on a long journey involving fertility treatment, holistic remedies and, finally, IVF. She describes with unflinching honesty the despair, frustration and loneliness she endured during her years of waiting to fall pregnant, and of the grief brought about by miscarriage. Harry Judd provides his side of the story too, sharing his own experience of their journey to parenthood and the emotional impact it had on him.
Listen to Izzy’s Podcast: Let’s Talk Fertility
Get a Life: His & Hers Survival Guide to IVF
By Richard Mackney and Rosie Bray
This book is an essential survival guide for all couples embarking on fertility investigation or treatment. Rosie and Richard share both their experiences of going through three very different rounds of IVF. They both provide you with the funny, emotional and physical sides of IVF, explaining what happens at each stage of the process and the mistakes they made along the way. Useful medical advice is also provided throughout the book from Dr James Nicopoullos, Consultant Gynaecologist and Specialist in Reproductive Medicine.
Ask Me His Name
By Elle Wright
Elle Wright had an admittedly easy pregnancy – her scans went well, she and her baby were healthy throughout, and in May 2016, she and her husband welcomed their son, Teddy, into the world. Just a few hours after giving birth, they woke to find a nurse holding a cold and unresponsive Teddy, who had stopped breathing during the night. The happiest day of Elle's life had turned into every parent's worst nightmare, and she had to let her beautiful baby boy go. Three days after delivering him into the world, Elle sat with Teddy in her arms as he took his last breaths, and tucked him in for the final time. Ask Me His Name is a moving account of Elle's pregnancy, Teddy's life, and what happens when a mother leaves a hospital with empty arms. *A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Tommy's charity.
Visit Elle’s blog: Feathering The Empty Nest
More Love to Give
By Helen Davies
After trying to conceive for four years, Helen gave birth to her son Zac. She finally felt complete. That was until she felt a desperate desire to have another child and a sibling for Zac. This is Helen's story of secondary infertility and her turbulent journey through multiple rounds of IVF. She provides an honest account of what it's really like to struggle with secondary infertility and to undergo IVF when your already fortunate enough to have a child, but have more love to give.
Visit Helen’s website: Secondary Infertility Matters.
The Pursuit of Motherhood
By jessica hepburn
Jessica started her fertility journey aged 34. Diagnosed with unexplained infertility, she describes her at times heartbreaking experience of being on the fertility roller-coaster, including numerous cycles of IVF and her ongoing pursuit of motherhood. Jessica is the founder of 'Fertility Fest'.
Real Food for Pregnancy: The science and wisdom of optimal prenatal nutrition
By Lily Nichols RDN, CDE
Prenatal nutrition can be confusing. A lot of the advice you’re given about what to eat (or what not to eat) can be well-meaning, but frankly, outdated or not evidenced-based. In Real Food for Pregnancy, you will get clear answers on what to eat and why, with research to back up every recommendation. With Real Food for Pregnancy as your guide, you can be confident that your food and lifestyle choices support a smooth, healthy pregnancy.
Visit Lily’s website: lilynicholsrdn.com
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