The Impatient Woman's Guide to Getting Pregnant

Narrated by: Vanessa Daniels
Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (197 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Good information, but pokes fun at men too much

I liked the book, and would read it again for the information it provides. The only thing that really irked me was a lot of sexism and jokes at men’s expense. My husband is an awesome fully developed human who is just as complex emotionally as anyone else. It felt pandering to “use sports statistics” to teach men fertility stats as just one example. These things were attempts at humor, but instead of making me laugh it just made me uncomfortable. Otherwise I really enjoyed the science statistics, and feel better informed about ttc now.

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Helpful Information and Easy to Follow

Loved this and found it super helpful. the introduction reader was very robotic but the rest of the chapters were good and not so robotic

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Was encouraged to continue to try

although this book didnt give me a lot that I didn't know I amwas encouraged to continue to try.

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Too many male/female stereotypes and bad jokes

I really wanted to like this book but it was not the case.
1. There is some important information within the book, however, most of the data you could find by google-ing online, using a period app, or joining a TTC community.
2. The chapter on healthy eating wasn't really helpful as she is obviously someone who simplifies fertility dieting to just eating spinach, olives, and salmon.
3. The jokes actually get annoying very quickly
4. The book was written around 2012 but sounds like it was written in the 1940s. Women are stereotyped as "crazy" or "irrational" but she uses the word "impatient," as if wanting or planning a baby is a symptom of hysteria. Men are stereotyped like Homer Simpson: too stupid or not invested, other than just doing it when they aren't busy watching sports and scratching their crotch.
5. Doesn't consider single women wanting kids or gay/lesbian couples.

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did not like it was not my type of bookany cha

did not like it was not my type of book any chance I can return it?

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Feels like it was written in the 1950's

The author seems to either hate her husband or be so enmeshed in ancient and offensive gender stereotypes that it's hard to see through her delivery to the data.

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Funny, well organized and super informative.

This is the perfect book for A-type information sponges that are looking to prepare to get pregnant. We don't like to wait, we plan.

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So informative!

I loved this book! I've listened to it twice and even purchased the book to read. The information is presented as a girlfriend telling the listener about science proven facts regarding trying to conceive. The author uses MODERN scientific studies to support claims. She also recommends other books and studies for the reader to reference. The narrator is also emotional and lighthearted at times when necessary. Please write more books and audiobooks on this subject!