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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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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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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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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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Unfortunate old way of thinking

I wanted to like it. I tried to get past the old way of thinking "don't worry, hand your husband a beer and he'll be happy"....WHAT? ......"if you have an UNUSUAL DAD....leave him out of it....." Yes maybe there is truth. But not the way of the future I want for my kids- If I ever get pregnant. I wanted to be calmed with my impatient-ness. Not saddened of the "high school-old school" mentality. The new generation should hear that communication is key and being open about the natural order of things is good. And to include the boys/men to be more aware of what women go through. Not this. Not this at all.

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Good but sometimes puts feelings over facts

this book had some great information, it was short so it was easy to finish, and it's FUNNY. But there were times where I felt like she was putting feelings over facts. Like telling women it's okay to try after 40, but NOT telling them they will be considered a high risk pregnancy. Or saying it's okay to be a little stressed because it doesn't affect your chances of getting pregnant but NOT telling women that stress, even a little, can delay or prevent ovulation. things like that, so read the book, but do extra research.

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Insulting, Boring and Definitely Not Funny

I cannot recommend this book or audio book. The author claims to have written a book about pregnancy that is also funny. I found this book to be insulting and the jokes to be cringe worthy. The author thinks that every woman is married to a man who plays video games and watches/reads porn and cannot have an adult conversation and needs to be manipulated into having his semen tested.
I also found the reader of this book to have an incredibly annoying voice. It was like listening to an annoying commercial.
I only got to chapter 4 before I couldn’t stand it any longer. I’m sure there are other books with similar information that are not as painful to listen to (or read). Don’t waste your time!

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Helpful but cringey

There’s some helpful tips in here but the tone, anecdotes and jokes are so bad I’m slightly embarrassed to be reading it. I stuck through it but I wouldn’t recommend it.

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Factual but sometimes opinionated and repetitive

The 1st several chapters are the strongest in the book. In the book. I largely enjoyed them and and took the information to heart.. Somewhere in the middle of the book, I found myself wondering where the author was going and started skipping chapters when I heard familiar lines. The last few chapters of the book are all appendicities. 2 of them I found so useful that I bookmarked for later. Most of them I found somewhat irrelevant. All in all, I found about half the book very informative. The other half of the book, I skipped entirely.

Sometimes the tone of the book made me chuckle. But especially towards the end of the book, it felt like the author was just taking pot-shots at men and conservative modern medical treatment. She could have handled more in a scientific tone and referred to more research, in my opinion. I found her opinions on C-Sections and IVF not only unnecessary, but potentially toxic, as we don't choose our lots in life, and could turn women away from avenues that are helpful to them.