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25 TTC & Pregnancy Books to Add to Your Reading List


Find the top 25 TTC and pregnancy books for yourself and your loved ones by Certified Fertility Coach Elizabeth King.

If you're starting to think about trying for a baby, chances are that you're learning and absorbing as much information you can from doctors, specialists, online articles, and books. It can get overwhelming!


Whether you're an audiobook junkie, e-book reader, or old-fashioned page-turner, there are so many ways to consume information these days. If you find yourself looking for your next book about the topics of infertility and pregnancy wondering which ones to add to your reading list, below are 25 I recommend to educate yourself and loved ones while going through the process.


Books About Birth Control and Periods


This Is Your Brain on Birth Control: The Surprising Science of Women, Hormones, and the Law of Unintended Consequences

by Sarah Hill, Nan McNamara, et al.


A best seller for a reason, this groundbreaking book gives insight into how hormonal birth control affects women, so they can make informed decisions about their health and control their fertility.


Beyond the Pill: A 30-Day Program to Balance Your Hormones, Reclaim Your Body, and Reverse the Dangerous Side Effects of the Birth Control Pill

by Jolene Brighten


Dr. Jolene Brighten, ND specializes in treating hormone imbalance caused by the pill. Use this book to help you locate hormonal issues, manage period pain, and prioritize your health.


Period Repair Manual: Natural Treatment for Better Hormones and Better Periods

by Lara Briden Nd


"Period Repair Manual is your guide to better periods using natural treatments such as diet, nutritional supplements, herbal medicine, and natural hormones. It contains advice and tips for women of every age and situation."



Period Power: Harness Your Hormones and Get Your Cycle Working For You

by Maisie Hill


An expert in women's health with a background in Chinese Medicine Acupuncture, Maisie Hill wrote this book to be a practical guide to aligning daily life with your cycle. You'll learn about your energy, mood, behavior, and learn how and why things in your cycle can work in your favor.


Books About Pregnancy and Reproductive Health



Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 20th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health

by Tony Weschler


A #1 Best Seller, this book by Tony Weschler is here to teach you everything about pregnancy with illustrations, photos, charts, and in-depth explanations about ART pregnancies.



The Queen V: Everything You Need to Know About Sex, Intimacy, and Down There Health Care

by Dr. Jackie Walters


Dr. Walters has seen it all in her 20 years at her private OB-GYN practice. She's revealing everything she knows about libido, contraceptives, and fertility in this book—answering all your questions that you might be too shy to ask anyone else.



Bumpin': The Modern Guide to Pregnancy: Navigating the Wild, Weird, and Wonderful Journey From Conception Through Birth and Beyond

by Leslie Schrock


If you're feeling overwhelmed or confused about pregnancy, this book is a practical guide to all the things from conceiving your baby to postpartum. It's a great gift for new moms!



Real Food for Pregnancy: The Science and Wisdom of Optimal Prenatal Nutrition

by Lily Nichols


Prenatal nutrition can get confusing. From vitamins and supplements to food, Lily Nichols, RDN, CDE is here to debunk your questions with a hard look at the science and recommendations for prenatal nutrition.



The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility

by Lisa Hendrickson-Jack


Have you considered all the signs in your body that tell you that you're ready to make babies? This book helps you connect women to their cycles and learn more about their bodies.


Books About IVF and Assisted Reproductive Technology



It Starts with the Egg: How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF

by Rebecca Fett


A #1 Best Seller in Reproductive Medicine and Technology, this book provides a "practical and evidence-backed approach for improving egg quality and fertility."



T: The Story of Testosterone, the Hormone that Dominates and Divides Us

by Carole Hooven


Carole Hooven dives deep into how testosterone works and how important it is to evolution and reproductive health. If you want to learn more about the male body, this book is for you.



The Boy Who Wasn’t Short: human stories from the revolution in genetic medicine

by Edwin Kirk


"A geneticist tells the stories of men, women, and children whose genes have shaped their lives in unexpected ways." This book from Dr. Edwin Kirk shares how advanced science affects the people he's worked with and how we can think about it differently.



The Underwear in My Shoe: My Journey Through IVF, Unfiltered

by Brett Russo


Just starting IVF? This recommendation is for you! This book covers all the things you go through during the process. Women who have read this book call it a "must-read" for anyone going through the process!@



Hilariously Infertile: One Woman's Inappropriate Quest to Help Women Laugh Through Infertility

by Karen Jeffries


Infertility can get stressful, and Karen Jeffries has found a way to find humor in it all. She's informative, funny, and you'll find her book to be a breath of fresh air amongst more serious reads. We can't get enough of her. Listen to my podcast episode with her below!


Books About TTC After Miscarriage



Spirit Babies: How to Communicate with the Child You're Meant to Have

by Walter Makichen


"In this reassuring, supportive, and accessible book, leading clairvoyant and medium Walter Makichen offers guidance to prospective parents eager to create a warm, nurturing environment for their soon-to-be-conceived-or-born children."



Surviving Sorrow: A Mother's Guide to Living with Loss

by Kim Erickson


Kim details her experience of losing her three-year-old son, and she vulnerably shares her wisdom, practical knowledge, and experiences around friends, family, holidays, and birthdays.


At a Loss: Finding Your Way After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death

by Donna Rothert


No one should have to go through loss, but if you've experienced it, know you are not alone. This book offers 30 essays on the thoughts, feelings, and struggles of losing a baby so you can find healing, self-compassion, and meaning from your loss.


The Miscarriage Map: What To Expect When You Are No Longer Expecting

by Dr. Sunita Osborn and Catherine Knepper


With honesty and humor, psychologist Dr. Osborn uses experiences from her clinic and her own personal experience with miscarriage to help you deal with the emotional roller coaster and steps to help you go through loss.


I Had a Miscarriage: A Memoir, a Movement

by Jessica Zucker


"Drawing from her psychological expertise and her work as the creator of the #IHadaMiscarriage campaign, I Had a Miscarriage is a heart-wrenching, thought-provoking, and validating book about navigating these liminal spaces and the vitality of truth telling—an urgent reminder of the power of speaking openly and unapologetically about the complexities of our lives."


Books About Preparing for Pregnancy



The Birth Partner - Revised 4th Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions

by Penny Simkin


Know you'll have a partner present during birth? This is the book for this person. From helping you go through pregnancy to childbirth, this book is a guide for all partners of moms-to-be.


We're Pregnant! The First Time Dad's Pregnancy Handbook

by Adrian Kulp


A great book for new dads, this handbook helps dads-to-be what to expect each month, look forward to growing a family, and learn useful tips for new babies.



Birth Without Fear: The Judgment-Free Guide to Taking Charge of Your Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum

by January Harshe


"An inclusive, non-judgmental, and empowering guide to pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum life that puts mothersfirst, offering straightforward guidance on all the options and issues that matter most to them (and their partners) when preparing for a baby."



What to Expect Before You're Expecting: The Complete Guide to Getting Pregnant

by Heidi Murkoff


Just learning about conceiving and pregnancy? Start with this book, a guide to all your basic questions before getting pregnant.



Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Became Parents

by Gary Chapman and Shannon Warden


Relationship expert and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages, Dr. Chapman teams up with professor of counseling Dr. Warden to give young parents a guide into what it's like transitioning to parenthood.

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