- Are there ways to improve our chances of having a girl (or boy)?
- Does stress affect fertility?
- Should we be having sex every day? Every other day? Three times a day?
- I’m 37. Does that mean I’ll have a harder time getting pregnant?
- How long should we keep trying to conceive before we get some help?
- What fertility treatments are available—and how will we be able to pay for them?
Expecting to expect? Plan ahead. Here’s everything you need to know to help prepare for the healthiest possible pregnancy and the healthiest possible baby. Filled with practical tips, empathetic advice, and savvy strategies, all designed to help you get that baby of your dreams on board faster. How to get your body into the best baby-making shape. Which foods feed fertility. Which lifestyle habits to quit and which to cultivate. All about baby-making sex, from timing to positions to logistics—and how to keep it sexy. Figuring out your fertility (and his). When to seek fertility help, and the latest on tests, treatments, and reproductive technology. Expecting to become a dad? This book has you covered, too. Plus, all about the family-building options for single women and same-sex couples.
About the Author
Heidi Murkoff is the author of the What to Expect® series of pregnancy and parenting books with over 38 million copies in print. She is also the creator of WhatToExpect.com and the WhatToExpect app, which reach over 18 million expecting and new parents, and the What to Expect Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping at-risk moms around the world expect healthier pregnancies, safer deliveries, and healthy, happy babies.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Charles J. Lockwood, M.D.
Introduction: What Can You Expect Before You’re Expecting
Part 1: Getting Ready to Make a Baby
Chapter 1: Prepping Before You’re Expecting
Chapter 2: Weighing In Before You’re Expecting
Chapter 3: Eating Well Before You’re Expecting
Part 2: Making A Baby
Chapter 4: The Biology of Baby Making
Chapter 5: Predicting Ovulation
Chapter 6: Figuring Out Your Fertility
Chapter 7: Getting Busy Making a Baby
Chapter 8: Are You Pregnant?
Part 3: Bumps on the Road to Baby
Chapter 9: Challenges to Fertility
Chapter 10: When You Need a Little Help
Chapter 11: Beginning Again After a Loss
Part 4: Keeping Track
Chapter 12: Your Fertility Planner
Your TTC Journal
What People are Saying About This
“The book to read before the journey of pregnancy begins—the one resource that will fully prepare you and your partner for one of life’s most miraculous experiences, at the time when preparation will benefit your future baby most: before you’re expecting.” —Charles J. Lockwood, M.D.