Okay, you admit it: You're an Impatient Woman. Maybe you've planned your career and are now ready to start a family with the same organized, well-informed approach. Or maybe you've been trying to get pregnant for a few months already, which is enough to make any woman Impatient. Perhaps you're a little older and don't have time to be casual about your fertility. Maybe you want to have a baby at a certain time of year due to career commitments, travel plans, or spacing your children apart. Or – most common of all – you don't want getting pregnant to take so long that you start to worry about your fertility. You might want to get pregnant quickly just so you can stop driving your husband nuts.
Books and websites by (usually male) fertility doctors can tell you about the latest tests, but there's a lot missing. How many of them have woken their husbands for morning sex because they thought they were ovulating? How many nervously peed on a stick at 5am because they couldn't wait any longer, or cried uncontrollably when their period came? Trying to get pregnant is very emotional and stressful because ultimately, it’s out of our control. If you're an Impatient Woman, this is extremely difficult, even if you've only been trying for a few months. As a psychologist, I share coping strategies based on the latest research. As a woman who has gone through the stress of trying to get pregnant three times (four if you count my early miscarriage), I've also experienced the strong emotions that no amount of training can prepare you for.
Many fertility books cover only part of the story. They discuss the physical aspects of getting pregnant without mentioning the emotional ones, detail one method of ovulation prediction but leave out other methods, or go into exhausting detail about what to eat before trying to get pregnant but not cover much else. Perhaps because I’m an Impatient Woman, I wished I could find one book with all of this stuff instead of having to read 10 or 15. The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant is that book.