real raw kitchen: What I'm Reading Now: taking charge of your fertility

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

What I'm Reading Now: taking charge of your fertility

I've been a big reader for as far back as I can remember. I have an absurd collection of books that has taken over our home and it is constantly growing. There's something sexy about a well spoken, well read woman. Also, I'm a cheap date. Take me to an old bookstore and I can stay there for hours, free of charge!

I always have several books on cue, but there is a particular book I'd like to share with you because I think it's a very  important topic and also just so damn interesting.

 I feel this way about so many books, in fact, that I'm thinking about making it a series .. I've touched on several of my favorite books here and there (spanning way back to the birth of my blogging life and even way back on my personal tumblr account where I would write creative pieces and recommend books simply as a creative and therapeutic outlet during grad school, years ago ... ) but instead of making these recommendations sporadically I thought I'd try a series on for size.

What do you think?

Don't you worry, though. It will not take place of my What I Ate Wednesday series (that has since gone into hibernation). I've had quite a few requests to start that back up again and I'm right there with ya. I think it's a wonderful way to see what a raw foodie eats and gain inspiration for your own journey of nourishment (that's the whole point of blogging, right??). Right.

But as I've mentioned before and I'm just so embarrassed and sad to mention again: my WIAW series has taken a backseat for several reasons.

  1. I work so much that I leave my house before the sun comes out and don't get home until the sun is fast asleep. So there is no viable daylight for any kind of picture-taking. 
  2. My meals have been more snack-ey than meal-ey because I have had almost zero appetite for the last few months. Especially the last few weeks (and days). I think self-care is in major order and if I'm being honest with myself, I've been behind in that area, as well.
  3. I'm embarrassed at how insignificant my meals have become. For a woman that prides herself on beautiful food I sure do eat a lot of plain stuff right now!!
So let me get back into my groove-thang and once I do, WIAW is all yours!

I digress.

Back to the book. The book I'd like to highlight today is Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. The book is enormous but written in such simple, layman's terms that it really is not at all intimidating once you crack it open.

I currently use this method and (so far) it's been a success. I've written about how birth control has wreaked complete havoc on my hormones and so for awhile I felt like I was at complete odds with my body. Using condoms as a primary source of birth control is great and has worked for me, but it's also always a bit scary not knowing exactly the odds of it working. Now, however, I understand my body and feel fairly confident in how it works (and also fairly confident that being in a committed relationship allows for this, safely).

Here are the highlights:
  • Birth Control. I can use it to prevent a pregnancy because, let's be real, I'm trying to get romantic, not expand triple in size.
  • Pregnancy Planning. At the same time, the book teaches you how to become pregnant and how to determine your fertility if you're having difficulty becoming pregnant. So it's an easy switch to make if you're ready for children.
  • Cervical Fluid. What a gross term, right? But every woman has it and this book does such a fantastic job outlining the fluid and how it corresponds with ovulation. This is key and has been a game changer. It's also helped me predict my cycle a lot more easily, rather than waiting 28 days later for the impending doom that is your Period.
  • Anatomy. This sounds strange, but your cervix is positioned differently all throughout the month, depending on your ovulation. I had no idea but now I do know. And knowing this can help you and your partner determine whether or not you're ovulating, as well.
  • Infertility. This book does a fantastic job outlining the various reasons why women have difficulty getting pregnant. Many of them produces beautiful and viable eggs and the sperm have no issues as well. Instead the book talks about the ovulation process, how to watch to see if you've possibly conceived, and whether or not your body implants the fertilized egg. 
  • Easy Reading. This is my favorite part. I'm all about complex topics and I usually read books with a dictionary in hand for any words I don't already know. But this book is written so simply that it tackles the topic perfectly.
  • Charts. If you'd like to track your fertility there are some recommended charts embedded in the text (and included in the back, if your book is new/unused!)
  • Pictures. There are some pretty elementary pictures included, which at first looks odd, but in reality they're very helpful.
  • Empowerment. I feel like such a strong, beautiful, fertile woman for knowing what my body is doing everyday. It's so beautiful to know what it's capable of and how in tune I can be with it.
I love it and I strongly believe that every woman should read it, preferably at the peak of puberty, so she is never in question about her body. Take a look and hopefully you like it!


**disclosure: if you purchase anything I link to you via Amazon I make a small percentage out of it at no cost to you! So cool for me, so cool for you!

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