The first thing most of us do when we hit that wall after a few months of trying to get pregnant, is to research, and then research more, and then research even more. During the first few years of me trying to conceive my first child, I read many books on Fertility. Some were really helpful, others were helpful, but dry, and others, I just could not make it to the end. Here were a few books that I found really helpful and that I often recommend to my students.
1. Fully Fertile by Tami Quinn
This is one of my favorite books for optimizing fertility. It has a great section on yoga for fertility, lots of information on nutrition, and exercises in the back to help with the emotional aspects of infertility. If you want a well-rounded book that covers many different elements on trying to conceive, then this is the book for you.
2. Inconceivable by Julia Indichova
I recently just discovered this gem. It was a quick read that was so uplifting. It is the story of the author’s journey through infertility and how she was able to heal her body through her own intuition and natural remedies. When I was going through my journey, I often believed that I could heal my body regardless of what the Dr’s said. It was so uplifting to read another women’s journey who also believed that she had the ability to change her circumstances. If you have tried the medical route and keep seeing failed results, give this book a read. It may just give you the encouragement you need to start trusting your body to change your circumstances.
3. I Got Pregnant, You Can Too! By Katie Boland
This book is very similar to “Inconceivable” and is referenced in the back of Julia’s book. This was one that I found during my struggles and it helped me power on after a few road bumps. Katie Boland tells her story and how she miraculously got pregnant when all doctors said it was impossible. She is someone who had tried many different holistic and natural remedies, and made the impossible, possible. This book is a good one to help you feel empowered when you are starting to feel beat down.
4. Love Is Letting Go of Fear by Gerald Jampolsky
There was a point in my journey when I realized that trying to have a baby had become a journey that was so filled with fear that love was totally lost. This book came across my fingers at the very right moment (thank you Universe). If you find that you are living month to month and holding your breath on day 27, then this is a book that might help you re-calibrate your thoughts and return back to the sensation of love.
5. Making Babies by by Sami S. David, MD and Jill Blakeway, LAc
This is another great book with lots of amazing information. It is wrote with both the eastern and western perspectives on fertility. There are many amazing success stories throughout the book that provide great insight and hope to those struggling with fertility issues. As an extra bonus, the book helps you discover from an acupuncture point of view of what kind of body type you may have that could be hindering your fertility as well as suggestions of how to bring your body type into balance. This is a great book and a "must read"!
There are many more books out there and some really great ones. This is just a short list of my personal favorites (however, I could probably still add at least 3 more books to this list). If you have a book that you have read and absolutely loved, I would love to hear about it. I still try to keep myself in the loop, so that I can keep passing on the information to others.
Kate teaches a variety of styles from Traditional Hatha and Yin to Specialty Therapeutic classes in fertility, pregnancy and postnatal. She is certified at a RYT-500 and currently is working on completing her Yoga Therapy certification.