Book Recommendations

I know that you are probably on the search for the book that is going to get you pregnant the fastest. There are so many books out there on how to overcome fertility issues – whether it’s egg health, menstrual/hormonal health, holistic well-being, mind/body work, or spiritual awakening.

Is there one book that covers it all? Unfortunately no. However, the books you choose to buy (and actually read) will depend on what speaks to you and your process. Some of us want physical and scientific information, while others of us want more mental/emotional support.

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Yoga for Fertility & Preparing Your Body for Baby

The following books are centered on Yoga and the many ways it can support your fertility. Some are about menstrual cycles, balancing overall health and vitality, while others break down in more detail the specific Yoga practices that can support fertility. Included here is a short little book about IVF which is a great preparatory book if you are doing an sort of Assisted Reproductive Therapy.

Woman's Yoga Book

The Woman’s Yoga Book: Asana and Pranayama for all Phases of the Menstrual Cycle

Bobby Clannell
Wonderful book for breathing exercises and Yoga to move through phases of your cycle.
Fully Fertile: A Holistic 12-Week Plan for Optimal Fertility

Fully Fertile: A Holistic 12-Week Plan for Optimal Fertility

Tami Quinn, Beth Heller et al.
This book is overflowing with information…from Yoga philosophy to Feng Shui. The Yoga is basic, but the other info is great!
Daring to Rest:

Daring to Rest: Reclaim Your Power with Yoga Nidra Rest Meditation

Karen Brody
If you’re exhausted and depleted and in need of some deep healing, then let this program take you to a place of deep deep deep relaxation.
Relax and Renew

Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times

Judith Hanson-Lasater
Judith is without a doubt the authority on restorative Yoga and this book is the text to have.
IVF A Detailed Guide

IVF A Detailed Guide: Everything I Wish I Had Known Before Starting My Fertility Treatments

Bianca Smith
A short and sweet resource book on all things ART from abbreviations and acronyms, to egg donors and fertility tourism (and a little about crystals!)
Fertility Books

9 Months Is Not Enough

Alexandria DeVito MS CNS
Everything you need to know about preparing your body for pregnancy, birth, and beyond. If you like checklists and actionable items – this is your book!

Mind/Body Practices and Fertility

The mind/body connection is a powerful relationship. It most definitely has an effect on your fertility, quality of life, as well as physical health.
These are a few favorites that look at Chinese medicine, and cognitive reshaping of your experiences with fertility.

 

Yes, You Can Get Pregnant

Yes, You Can Get Pregnant: Natural Ways to Improve Your Fertility Now and into Your 40s

Aimee Raupp
The title says it all! Recommended by many students.
Making Babies

Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility

Jill Blakeway and Sami Davis
A life-style program revolving around Chinese Medicine
It Starts with the Egg

It Starts with the Egg

Rebecca Fett
The science of egg quality and how it can affect fertility, pregnancy, and pregnancy loss.
The Fertile Female

The Fertile Female: How the Power of Longing for a Child Can Save Your Life and Change the World

Julia Indichova
When you’re stuck up in your head and want to read about other’s stories and how they found their self power.
Conquering Infertility

Conquering Infertility

Dr. Alice Domar
A classic for cognitive reshaping and understanding the mind/body connection during fertility.
The Mind-Body Fertility Connection

The Mind-Body Fertility Connection: The True Pathway to Conception

James Schwartz
Explore the feelings, emotions, and beliefs that may be blocking conception.

Spiritual

For many, the ups and down of fertility treatments and challenges brings with it deep self-reflection.
What is important in life? Is there a spiritual side to all this? Why is this happening to me?
For those on a spiritual journey and into the esoteric ways, these books may be a helpful guide.

Spiritual Fertility

Spiritual Fertility: Integrative Practices for the Journey to Motherhood

Dr. Julie Von
Tap into the deeper mystery of conception.
The Energetic Fertility Method

The Energetic Fertility Method: Tools for a Healthy Conception and Beyond

Nancy Mae
Energetic healing through the Chakras.
Spirit Babies

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

Walter Makichen
For those into manifesting and the power of thought.

Happiness

Laughing and smiling brings on a flush of feel good hormones – when we’re feeling happy, we are not feeling stressed!
These books offer a little but of humour and some science behind happiness and the how to overcome our negativity bias.

infreakinfertility

infreakinfertility: How to Survive When Getting Pregnant Gets Hard

Melanie Dale
If you like your fertility woes with a side of giggles, then this is your book.
Buddha’s Brain

Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom

Dr. Rick Hanson
How to infuse your life with more happiness.
Neurodharma

Neurodharma: New Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Seven Practices of the Highest Happiness

Dr. Rick Hanson
Connecting the wisdom of Buddhist Practice with Neuroscience.

Loss and Trauma

Trauma is everywhere. If you have some healing to work through, these are great books to start with. Pregnancy loss can be held in the body as a form of trauma, as can experiences with fertility obstacles and treatments. Taking the time to heal the soul on this journey is so important.

The Body Keeps the Score

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Bessel van der Kolk
This is the go to book for trauma-informed approach to healing. Unravel how the body holds on to trauma.
Radical Acceptance

Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha

Tara Brach
This book is an exceptional journey into self-acceptance and overcoming struggles.
There Was Supposed to Be a Baby

There Was Supposed to Be a Baby: A Guide to Healing After Pregnancy Loss

Catherine Keating
A short and comforting book with a little bit of Yoga and a whole lotta love.

Memoirs

If you’re looking to read other people’s stories with a more socially just and political slant, then these books are well worth the read.

The Art of Waiting

The Art of Waiting: Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood

Belle Boggs
Contemplations on fertility, choice, and the many possible roads to making a life and making a family.
The Argonauts

The Argonauts

Maggie Nelson
Starting a family as a queer woman with a queergendered partner, takes a deep dive into family, queerness, and parenthood in a changing world
The Seed – Infertility is a Feminist Issue

The Seed – Infertility is a Feminist Issue

Alexandra Kimball
Let’s get political! Feminist history, culture, and reproductive rights and technology.