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Trying to get pregnant is enough to make any woman impatient. The Impatient Woman's Guide to Getting Pregnant is a complete guide to the medical, psychological, social, and sexual aspects of getting pregnant, told in a funny, compassionate way, like talking to a good friend who's been through it all. And in fact Dr. Jean Twenge has been through it all - the mother of three young children, she started researching fertility when trying to conceive for the first time.

A renowned sociologist, Dr. Twenge brought her research background to the information that she encountered online, from family and friends, and in books and decided to go into the latest studies to find out the real story. The good news is there is a lot less to worry about than you've been led to believe. Dr. Twenge gets to the heart of the emotional issues around getting pregnant, including how to prepare mentally and physically when thinking about conceiving; how to talk about it with family, friends, and your partner; and how to handle the great sadness of a miscarriage. Also covered is how to know when you're ovulating, when to have sex, timing your pregnancy, maximizing your chances of getting pregnant, how to tilt the odds toward having a boy or a girl, and the best prenatal diet.

©2012 Jean Twenge (P)2017 Tantor

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Better as a book

I love this book! Full of great facts and the list of references at the end definitely makes me feel like the author did her homework and can be trusted. The book is full of facts and figures, and after listening to about an hour I went and bought a hard copy instead. 1. So it would be easier to look up facts and figures at a fixture date and 2 so I could share with my husband.

I understand the author was trying to add a little humour into the mix, which did keep it on the lighter side of reading, but in doing so I found she made some large generalizations of the male population that I found bothersome at times. If we keep talking about how men do nothing around the house and need reminders to participate in our relationships with them, we put them at a different level and we're no longer equals and partners.

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Great book that is very helpful.

I love that the author is realistic and is HUMAN. She explains why you might feel the way you do, she explains why things might happen, and she shares her own personal experiences (instead of a male doctor telling you its "normal to feel that way"). The absolute best parts of this book is that the author researches well known studies and finds that they are false or from the 17th century (far outdated for today's technology), and explains things in a way that a non-medical personale would be able to understand. I would recommend this book to everyone, including my close family and friends.

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Contradictory and Repetitive

The two useful pieces of info I got out of this book - CoQ10 and DHEA. Everything else was juat so repetitive and contradictory. Don't believe studies because they were gearing for a certain result or had an incomplete sample size, i.e. do your research, but then here let me shell out a couple of studies you should believe cause i'm telling you about them. Don't believe in stories that you heard about a friend of a friend, but let me tell you about a story of a person you don't know who got pregnant. Also the repeated condoning of the phrase "just relax and it will happen" but then saying "just enjoy sex with your husband and it will happen." I thought most of it was super annoying but I pushed through thinking i would get something more out of it. Sadly I didn't.

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Hilarious but helpful

This book has a lot of information that is helpful and is written and performed in a way that keeps everything in perspective and makes you laugh and keeps it lighthearted.

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Quick, Easy & To the point!

I enjoyed how quick this was but, more importantly, I TRULY APPRECIATE how easy it was to understand. It was broken down in a way that is easy to understand. You don't need to have extensive medical knowledge to follow this. The author broke it down in a way where it's easy to follow and apply to my very busy life.

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Great Book!

This was such a great book and very informative! I had it done within 24 hours and I usually don't read many books. I put my headphones in at work and realized that I had been listening for 3 and a half hours non stop! This book is a must for anyone trying to conceive! The author does a great job of explaining things and giving you tips. I even took notes! I'm only 23 and have been trying to conceive for 12 cycles now. I am no longer an impatient woman, but it was an awesome book and I can't wait to try some new things!