I love to read. I love to learn new things and I love to be immersed in fiction. These days I feel like I don’t have much time for personal reading, but I try to read as much as humanly possible. After all, we can’t learn anything new if we don’t continue to put new stuff in our brains right?
Before I started this fertility journey, I was fundamentally ignorant. I feel like some things I didn’t need to know, but after doing this reading I wish I knew this way back when. However, we don’t have the luxury of repeating the past, do we? If I did repeat the past, there would be no guarantee that my life would turn out the exact same way, and I wouldn’t trade my amazing husband (more on that later) for anything, least of all a chance to repeat the past.
The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant
This book is quick and contains all the down and dirty facts presented briefly and with humor. It’s a good place to start (if you’re just starting out). It had a lot of information that was helpful including some good supplements to take. Recommended for beginners.
Period Repair Manual
I was so enthralled by this book, I read it in a day. I’m not kidding; I couldn’t put it down. This book contains everything you ever wanted to know about your period but were afraid to ask. Most importantly, I learned some scary scary things about birth control and I guarantee you, I will never ever go back on those pills again. This book focuses on natural cures including diet as well as supplements for practically ever period issue you could think of. I recommend this book to every woman, whether she just got her period or like this fool here was on birth control for over 20 years.
Finally, I started reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility. I’m only 16% through this book (thanks Kindle for that information) but I already feel 116% smarter, and I was able to share some things I learned with my husband.
Speaking of that awesome man, after reading Period Repair Manual, I was like “I’m off soymilk, and we can’t eat vegetable oil anymore.” He promptly threw that vegetable oil in the trash and is going to finish off the soymilk for me. I cried because he’s so supportive, and also because I cry when the wind blows. Anyway, I’ll still eat tofu from time to time, but I need to cut back my offensive soy intake considerably. Also, I don’t eat the meat, so tofu is good for protein on occasion. I’ve been working on reducing my sugar intake, but I’m a sugar nut, so it’s not been easy. Baby steps on that one. Fortunately, I don’t drink much alcohol, and it’s usually a glass of wine once a week.
I can see the benefits of following those guidelines, but the two aforementioned books present different kinds of dietary guidelines. I think if you read them just take what you will from each and form a diet which will best fit your needs. That’s what I’m doing anyway.