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When we first started down the baby-making path, we thought we'd be pregnant in no time. We'd just toss out our birth control pills and before we knew it, we'd be rocking our little one to sleep. Little did we know what was in store for us, or the energy it would take to face all of the crazy, unpredictable and (sometimes) irrational emotions we felt along the way. Neither When we first started down the baby-making path, we thought we'd be pregnant in no time. We'd just toss out our birth control pills and before we knew it, we'd be rocking our little one to sleep. Little did we know what was in store for us, or the energy it would take to face all of the crazy, unpredictable and (sometimes) irrational emotions we felt along the way. Neither did our husbands. Sound familiar? If your idea of foreplay is screaming, "I'm ovulating; it's time!!!" to your oblivious husband... If your ovulation schedule is ruling your life and every trip to the drug store includes a bulk purchase of pregnancy sticks... If you're running out of answers to the chronic questioning from the pregnancy paparazzi about your plans for parenthood ... Then this is the book for you. Whether it's been three months or three years since you've been trying, the more complicated and overwhelming the process becomes. The Conception Chronicles shares candid humor, hold-nothing-back banter and practical advice on everything that goes along with trying to start a family: from dealing with your fertile friends to the battery of tests you may have to face; from surviving "sex on demand" to navigating the ins and outs of high-tech fertility treatments. This book will guide you through the emotional journey to motherhood, offering compassion and laughter like only your best girlfriends can. And we promise you'll never hear us say, "Relax and you'll be pregnant in no time."


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When we first started down the baby-making path, we thought we'd be pregnant in no time. We'd just toss out our birth control pills and before we knew it, we'd be rocking our little one to sleep. Little did we know what was in store for us, or the energy it would take to face all of the crazy, unpredictable and (sometimes) irrational emotions we felt along the way. Neither When we first started down the baby-making path, we thought we'd be pregnant in no time. We'd just toss out our birth control pills and before we knew it, we'd be rocking our little one to sleep. Little did we know what was in store for us, or the energy it would take to face all of the crazy, unpredictable and (sometimes) irrational emotions we felt along the way. Neither did our husbands. Sound familiar? If your idea of foreplay is screaming, "I'm ovulating; it's time!!!" to your oblivious husband... If your ovulation schedule is ruling your life and every trip to the drug store includes a bulk purchase of pregnancy sticks... If you're running out of answers to the chronic questioning from the pregnancy paparazzi about your plans for parenthood ... Then this is the book for you. Whether it's been three months or three years since you've been trying, the more complicated and overwhelming the process becomes. The Conception Chronicles shares candid humor, hold-nothing-back banter and practical advice on everything that goes along with trying to start a family: from dealing with your fertile friends to the battery of tests you may have to face; from surviving "sex on demand" to navigating the ins and outs of high-tech fertility treatments. This book will guide you through the emotional journey to motherhood, offering compassion and laughter like only your best girlfriends can. And we promise you'll never hear us say, "Relax and you'll be pregnant in no time."

30 review for The Conception Chronicles: The Uncensored Truth about Sex, Love & Marriage When You're Trying to Get Pregnant

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kassel

    First off, I will NOT recommend this book to anyone who is already pregnant, gets pregnant easily ("fertile Myrtle"!), or hasn't tried for more than 3 months. If you are a woman trying to conceive (TTC) and don't fall into the previous categories, this book may be for you. (You are the target audience.) Or perhaps you have a friend who is struggling with TTC and want to learn the inner workings of her mentality; this book (while facetious at times) will be spot on. (Especially as the book goes o First off, I will NOT recommend this book to anyone who is already pregnant, gets pregnant easily ("fertile Myrtle"!), or hasn't tried for more than 3 months. If you are a woman trying to conceive (TTC) and don't fall into the previous categories, this book may be for you. (You are the target audience.) Or perhaps you have a friend who is struggling with TTC and want to learn the inner workings of her mentality; this book (while facetious at times) will be spot on. (Especially as the book goes on, it gets more serious.) This book focuses on the conception process between married couples. Couples who are not married or gays/lesbians TTC may feel left out. Trying to conceive month after month without it resulting in pregnancy can cause heartbreak. These women know that and want you to laugh through it. BE AWARE: this is NOT a series of essays like Chicken's Soup for the Women Trying to Conceive Soul. This book guides the reader through the conception process from the beginning of "I want a baby, let's do it!" to hearing the words "infertile" with no other options left except for third-party reproductive assistance or adoption. The reader will mainly follow the experience of Patty Doyle Debano, primary author of the book, who eventually conceived her first child through in-vitro fertilization (IVF). While the scenarios mentioned will not apply to most couples, it is worth reading all the way through to see how other couples approach IUI, IVF, surrogate mothers, etc. HIGHLIGHT: Chapter Nine: "The Envelope, Please" was the most hilarious chapter throughout the entire book, mainly because any woman who has gone through several instances of the 2-week-wait (2WW) before pregnancy testing can identify with the ups and downs associated with TTC. DRAWBACK: Perhaps it was in the case of these authors and some of their anonymous TTC friends, but husbands often came off as insensitive, clueless jerks who were just happy to have constant sex at any opportunity. There were limited moments when a husband would admit that he felt like he was being used to make a deposit or was sensitive enough to bond with his wife when giving her an injection, but overall it was rather OVEREMPHASIZED that guys do not feel what their wives feel. If you have a husband sensitive to your needs, you're not going to be able to relate to some of the cluelessness. Overall, I thought this book was a fantastic humorous look at the conception process.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    This book is not what I expected. I expected essays written by different women who were trying to conceive. What this book contains is an amature version of how to get pregnant. That's not to say I'm not enjoying it... although I am already pregnant. The book is candidly written with lots of little bits that I can totally relate to: having had our own issues with fertility two out of the three times we have gotten pregnant. This book would offer anyone who is trying to get pregnant or knows some This book is not what I expected. I expected essays written by different women who were trying to conceive. What this book contains is an amature version of how to get pregnant. That's not to say I'm not enjoying it... although I am already pregnant. The book is candidly written with lots of little bits that I can totally relate to: having had our own issues with fertility two out of the three times we have gotten pregnant. This book would offer anyone who is trying to get pregnant or knows someone who is trying to get pregnant a little insight into how something that can be so simple for some turns so complicated for others. It would also teach a lesson in sensitivity for those who haven't had problems getting pregnant... as this is something that is often necessary. The further I get into this book the harder it is to read. I'm forcing myself to read it and so I'm just going to stop. I'm to the IVF part and it is just not as interesting to me... maybe because I never had to go thru it, but even then, I'm usually curious about IVF... I think mostly this book just gets repetetive and the humor gets old. Like I said, a Non-fiction book with stories from women and their TTC tales was what I was expecting and what I would have preferred. 279pps

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ciara

    it took me a million years to read this book, & another million to get around to writing it up because it just didn't hold my attention. i usually love reading about anything related to pregnancy, but this dragged despite the authors' incessant attempts at humor & relating to the average reader. it could maybe possibly be a decent resource for women who are having trouble conceiving (as the book delves into a wide variety of assisted reproduction techniques), but there are undoubtedly more infor it took me a million years to read this book, & another million to get around to writing it up because it just didn't hold my attention. i usually love reading about anything related to pregnancy, but this dragged despite the authors' incessant attempts at humor & relating to the average reader. it could maybe possibly be a decent resource for women who are having trouble conceiving (as the book delves into a wide variety of assisted reproduction techniques), but there are undoubtedly more informative, better written books out there that cover the same topics. i also swiftly tired of the authors' assumption that any woman trying to conceive is undoubtedly married, reasonably class privileged, employed (whether or not she intends to keep her job after the baby comes), & well-educated. i am none of those books, & so i felt somewhat arginalized while i was reading this book, as if i was just glancing into a window at a world that is inaccessible & foreign to me. which could certainly explain my lack of engagement with both the material & the writing style. my recommendation: skip it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    I think reading this book was very premature for me...I haven't even started attempting to conceive but being the freak/nerd/anal retentive/insert your choice of word here that I am I have recently decided to read everything I can get my hands on about conception and preparing for having a child. This book, on the other hand is more for couples who have been trying to conveive and have been unsuccessful. I think the book would be great for people who are having a hard time getting pregnant and a I think reading this book was very premature for me...I haven't even started attempting to conceive but being the freak/nerd/anal retentive/insert your choice of word here that I am I have recently decided to read everything I can get my hands on about conception and preparing for having a child. This book, on the other hand is more for couples who have been trying to conveive and have been unsuccessful. I think the book would be great for people who are having a hard time getting pregnant and are at the point where they are contemplating seeing a fertility specialist. So far, the book is funny and informative but not really what I was looking for. I decided to stop reading when I got to the chapter about IVF and such...hopefully I won't ever need that information but will keep the book in case I do.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I don't want to say it's 'cute' because I think that sounds a bit condescending, but it's a cute book, written by three friends who have gone through various struggles conceiving. There are some emails, there are a lot of frank conversations, and a lot of pretty ugly truths sprinkled throughout. In spite of this, I barely skimmed the last half of the book. Even though it delivers what it promises, a large portion of the book focuses on the next level of conception; what happens when you can't con I don't want to say it's 'cute' because I think that sounds a bit condescending, but it's a cute book, written by three friends who have gone through various struggles conceiving. There are some emails, there are a lot of frank conversations, and a lot of pretty ugly truths sprinkled throughout. In spite of this, I barely skimmed the last half of the book. Even though it delivers what it promises, a large portion of the book focuses on the next level of conception; what happens when you can't conceive easily or naturally. While helpful to many women, I'm sure, I just thought it was putting the cart before the horse and it wasn't particularly relevant to me at the moment.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    This book is meant for people who are having a hard time getting pregnant or for people who know of others that are having a hard time getting pregnant (to get their perspective). I felt they got a lot of the emotions right in the book, I just wish they didn't try to make every line humorous. I think they were trying to lighten the mood and make a hard situation laughable, but some of their humor I didn't appreciate. Some of the stuff I could relate to, some of it I couldn't, but it was interest This book is meant for people who are having a hard time getting pregnant or for people who know of others that are having a hard time getting pregnant (to get their perspective). I felt they got a lot of the emotions right in the book, I just wish they didn't try to make every line humorous. I think they were trying to lighten the mood and make a hard situation laughable, but some of their humor I didn't appreciate. Some of the stuff I could relate to, some of it I couldn't, but it was interesting to see how a woman feels from the first few months of no success to IVF, and everything in between.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christie Speich

    This book has some really good information. Unfortunately the authors tried to put humor into almost every sentence. I'm sure the intent was to lighten the mood but it really turned me off. I recognized myself in many passages of the book, which helped me process and deal with the feelings I was having (which was the whole point of reading the book) but the poor attempt to be funny just ruined the book for me. This book has some really good information. Unfortunately the authors tried to put humor into almost every sentence. I'm sure the intent was to lighten the mood but it really turned me off. I recognized myself in many passages of the book, which helped me process and deal with the feelings I was having (which was the whole point of reading the book) but the poor attempt to be funny just ruined the book for me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    This book is very helpful for those who are having problems getting pregnant. I wish I had this book 6 months ago before I had gone through half of the tests listed the book - they describe them much better than Dr. Google did when I was handed scripts from my gyno. Not a fiction book like some people on here thought; it's more of a slightly funny guide of the phases a woman (and husband) goes (or will go) through trying to have a baby. This book is very helpful for those who are having problems getting pregnant. I wish I had this book 6 months ago before I had gone through half of the tests listed the book - they describe them much better than Dr. Google did when I was handed scripts from my gyno. Not a fiction book like some people on here thought; it's more of a slightly funny guide of the phases a woman (and husband) goes (or will go) through trying to have a baby.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tricia

    Written by 3 women that struggled to conceive, this book features their experiences, as well as that of many others, and a good balance of information. It puts treatment options and fertility issues in understandable terms and gives an overview of each. The scenarios of emotions during the trial of TTC were reassuring in a way.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kory

    Good book. Author gives a realistic picture of all things infertility including various procedures. The book was helpful in that she gives support to the emotional side of the experience, but also because it is very informative medically speaking. I thought the book was helpful, although much of it may not apply to the reader depending on where you are with the process.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I definitely think this book is worth reading, but I probably wasn't ready for it yet... only been trying for 1 month so far! I thought it would be more about "how" to get pregnant the old fashioned way rather than about other options. Still had good stuff I could relate to as far as the emotions you and your husband feel towards the beginning of the process. I definitely think this book is worth reading, but I probably wasn't ready for it yet... only been trying for 1 month so far! I thought it would be more about "how" to get pregnant the old fashioned way rather than about other options. Still had good stuff I could relate to as far as the emotions you and your husband feel towards the beginning of the process.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joyous

    This book provides valuable information and an honest and often humorous perspective on the trials of trying to conceive. I recommended it for anyone trying to get pregnant or even those getting ready to try as a way to understand some of the possibilities the future could hold.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I found this book pretty depressing. I guess many women who have a hard time getting pregnant might find comfort in reading this book, to know there are other women like them. But as I haven't been trying all that long, it was depressing to hear all of the negative stories. I found this book pretty depressing. I guess many women who have a hard time getting pregnant might find comfort in reading this book, to know there are other women like them. But as I haven't been trying all that long, it was depressing to hear all of the negative stories.

  14. 4 out of 5

    April

    This is a wonderful book for anyone who is dealing w/ infertility. I felt I could relate to the women and there struggles. This book actually made me laugh at things that I've done ttc and probably will do in the future. lol! This is a wonderful book for anyone who is dealing w/ infertility. I felt I could relate to the women and there struggles. This book actually made me laugh at things that I've done ttc and probably will do in the future. lol!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    I have to reccmend a book a little out in left field. This makes light of a very serious and emotional topic, but still gives great facts witht going to far over your head. My husband even read it......... must be ok then........

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    The book is to comical for such a sensitive topic. If you are looking for a book just for IVF this is not the book for you. There is only one chapter on it out of a 275 page book. Same with the IUI topic.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ariadne

    Interesting book for anyone that is one the trying to concieve journey. Especially if you are just starting to think about possibly going to see a fertility specialist for the first time. It gives you a heads up of what you have to accpect and does it with a little bit of humor a long the way.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dominique Mason

    I'm reading The Conception Chronicles: This is a wonderful book for those who are struggling to conceive. These ladies add humor to a serious situation to lighten the mood. They had me laughing though one of the greatest struggles of my life. I'm reading The Conception Chronicles: This is a wonderful book for those who are struggling to conceive. These ladies add humor to a serious situation to lighten the mood. They had me laughing though one of the greatest struggles of my life.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    This was great to read while we had trouble getting pregnant. It was nice to be familiar with other peope struggling in the same way, plus it added some humor to the situation.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    Humorous

  21. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Brashears

    Very good book about trying to conceive. A must for all couples that have a hard time getting that precious baby. Very funny but has serious issues too.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    I read this book until it said, if you are not ready for this step... so I stopped reading.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    For all of those people that are having a hard time conceiving, this is a great book to read! I can't put it down and found myself laughing out loud. For all of those people that are having a hard time conceiving, this is a great book to read! I can't put it down and found myself laughing out loud.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amy Smith

    For women who have been trying to conceive for over a year. And even then, I don't think you need this book because your doctor would have shared all you needed to know. For women who have been trying to conceive for over a year. And even then, I don't think you need this book because your doctor would have shared all you needed to know.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sunny

    This one is more like your best friend wrote it- sort of a girlfriend's guide. I like the tone of this book- it more lighthearted than other's I've read. This one is more like your best friend wrote it- sort of a girlfriend's guide. I like the tone of this book- it more lighthearted than other's I've read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Great read for women starting down the TTC road. A humorous look at the trials you'll go through Great read for women starting down the TTC road. A humorous look at the trials you'll go through

  27. 4 out of 5

    April

  28. 4 out of 5

    Megan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tara Godfrey

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Baden

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