When I first decided to get more ‘serious’ with the whole
baking baby-making business earlier this year (by quitting my job), one thing that I did fairly quickly was to surf for fertility related information and subscribe to whatever newsletters were out there.
If there was a new research on a diet, a workout, a thought process that could aid fertility, I wanted to be in the know. Pronto.
Soon, I was bookmarking (in)fertility blogs and reading them on a regular basis to get a sense of belonging that I wasn’t in this alone as I felt especially lonely during the monthly pee-on-the-stick moment of truths in the loo. I also began participating in forum threads, subscribing to fertility related newsletters and watching more webcasts/videos online.
It soon started with a book a friend (now mother of two) loaned me, ‘Supernatural Childbirth‘ that I read while on the way out or back. Then a trip to the bookstore stopped me in my tracks at the Pregnancy section to pick up ‘What to Expect before you’re expecting‘ (loved the fact that there wasn’t anyone else there and I received no weird stares). An e-newsletter which led me to fertility ‘bringer of babies’ Gabriela Rosa soon coaxed me to purchase her book on ‘Eat your way to parenthood‘ online (since I loved eating), and the most recent being Nerida Walker’s ‘God’s plan for pregnancy‘ because after ‘Supernatural Childbirth’, I wanted a book that could give me another faith breakthrough. No wait, the most recent was yesterday’s purchase on Amazon of ‘Take Charge of Your Fertility‘ after reading Elphaba’s account of Vag Gold and then shortly after reading that she got a BFP. I was absolutely on a row.
So currently I’ve 4 (potentially 5) books lying around the room at any one time. And every day, I’d read a few pages just to cultivate my fertility brain although I’m mindful of not falling into the obsession trap again. I’ve also realized what a saver these books are that I can just dump them into my bag and read them while waiting in line for my various consultations.
My fertility stash of books is starting to look like a tiny library for now, but I would love to complete it with some real pregnancy books. And when that golden moment comes, I’d dedicate a cubby hole in my shelves just for it.