Happy December everyone! I often talk about how much I love reading and researching all sorts of parenting topics, so in the spirit of the season I will be giving away four of my four top favourite parenting books. I was going to run the event on every advent before Christmas, but guess who forget the 1st of Advent was in November?! Instead the giveways will start every Wednesday and end on the following Sunday. Scroll down for the rules. But first, here’s the first book:
The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant by Jean M. Twenge.
I have absolutely no idea how I stumbled across this book in June 2013 but boy am I glad I did. I seriously wonder if I’d be here today blogging about motherhood and my gorgeous baby boy if it weren’t for Jean Twenge’s super practical, to the point and frequently funny manual on getting pregnant in a jiffy.
Her premise is that most of us 21st century women are leaving the pregnancy and baby thing a bit late. We have these awesome university experiences, fascinating careers and then suddenly realise we turned 30 five years ago, and wasn’t there something about starting a family before your forties??? Once we want to get pregnant we realise it’s not quite as easy as the sex-ed teachers told us 20 years ago. To make matters worse doctors will often tell couples to “just try” for 2 years before any other action is taken. Ain’t nobody got time for that, right?
Dr. Twenge will tell you everything you could possibly want to know about the when’s, why’s and how’s of getting pregnant, beyond the obvious (I heard sex was beneficial, yes?). She dissects the research on the subject like a pro (because, erm, turns out she has a PhD!), covers all the latest doo-dahs and gadgets you can buy to help you on your way and gives you a killer reading list if you’re interested in studying any of the topics in more detail.
She also doesn’t forget the emotional side of getting pregnant:
“Trying to get pregnant pushes so many of our psychological buttons at once. If you are going crazy, there are some very good reasons for that, and it’s not just you”
Jean M. Twenge, The IWGTGP
These words have stayed with me for more than two years: it’s sometimes easy to forget that pregnancy and motherhood are emotionally laden issues and we’re allowed to feel conflicted, sad, angry or whatever about them. Luckily the book also provides some practical tips for dealing with all these feelings.
I’d recommend this book for anyone who wants to get pregnant, whether with baby number 1, 2 or 3. I’m definitely going to be rereading this book in the near future!
- This giveaway is open from the 2nd to the 6th of December 2015 (ending midnight WET)
- The prize is one paper-back copy of The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant by Jean M. Twenge as sold by Amazon.co.uk
- The winner will be informed by e-mail and will have to provide me with a mailing address to receive the book.
Good luck and don’t forget to check back next week!