The 1 Book You Must Read If You Ever Want to Get Pregnant


If you don’t read my other blog, you might not know that my husband and I struggle with infertility. We’ve been trying to conceive for almost three years and at the time of this writing we’ve been through 3 unsuccessful inseminations and two unsuccessful in-vitro fertilizations (IVF).

I’ve done a tremendous amount of reading and research during my experience and there’s one book that stands out from the rest:  Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health by Toni Weschler.

If I had to recommend just one book for someone trying to get pregnant to read, this would be it. Taking Charge of Your Fertility (or TCOYF, as it’s commonly referred to on the internet) revolves around the concept of learning your fertility signs and using them to determine the best time to try to conceive.  It covers everything you need to know to get pregnant, and what to do if you experience difficulty conceiving.

After reading this book, I realized my cycles were not quite long enough and that I would probably need help conceiving. This knowledge likely saved me several months of futile attempts at trying to conceive on my own and pushed me to seek out a fertility specialist much earlier than I would have done otherwise.  That means this book saved me months of frustration and heartache.  

Of course, not everyone suffers from infertility.  But TCOYF is also tremendously useful for women who are looking to avoid pregnancy for whatever reason.

I highly recommend this book to anyone of child-bearing age.  In fact, I plan on giving it as a wedding present to several friends in the near future.

Have you read TCOYF?  Does it sound like a book you’d be interested in?  Please share your thoughts in the comments below.  

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5 thoughts on “The 1 Book You Must Read If You Ever Want to Get Pregnant”

  1. Hi Lisa,

    I found you today from the Thrive @ Home Thursday blog hop. I “second” your book recommendation! We have struggled with infertility, too, and TCOYF has showed me how to determine what questions to ask my doctor, what issues we have, and it’s been my favorite infertility resource. Thanks for sharing about it — I think your recommendation will be helpful for fellow couples struggling with infertility.


    1. Thanks for the kind comment, Amanda! I’m so sorry to hear you’re struggling with infertility, too. Best wishes on your journey.

  2. This book keeps popping up everywhere! I’m not trying to get pregnant right now, however, I know a couple of people who are! Going to recommend this to them asap!

  3. I totally agree with this book recommendation! I think it’s great for any woman to read. Thanks for sharing and sending lots of happy thoughts your way!

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