Gina wakes up one morning after drinking a lot of wine with her husband, Karl, and their friends, has a vision of a baby girl dressed in pink in their backyard and suddenly wants to become a mother! Shocking because up until that point, Gina has never had a maternal twinge!
“It’s this feeling I can’t explain. This desperate need inside me to have a baby. This urge that has completely turned my brain to single-train thoughts: baby, baby, baby.”
Welcome to the beginning of best-selling author, Sibel Hodge’s latest novel, THE BABY TRAP, loosely based on her own experience with infertility and attempts to get pregnant at IVF. You can expect to ride an emotional rollercoaster that is one hell of an E-ticket.
Once 33 year-old Gina and Karl decide to get pregnant, they figure all its going to take is sex, sex and well, some more sex. Gina doesn’t end up pregnant right away so conceiving becomes her OBSESSION, while Karl tries to keep his high-pressure job and provide what is needed from him for conception at precise timely intervals. Gina and Karl are soon off the booze, heavy on doctor visits, green tea, vitamins, a bland diet, no more baths or cycling for Karl and he’s wearing underwear ten sizes too big. A feng-shui expert is even called in, and she finds a new purpose for the most unlikely of objects.
Soon discussion is baby 24/7: basal body temperature, ovulation predictor kits, hormone levels, surge levels, clomid, Trigger ovulation, scans, stimulation injections, follicles, etc.
I loved the snappy writing style of THE BABY TRAP. The story frequently had me laughing out loud. In addition to Gina and Karl, several other characters, her Lady Garden and her father and her fertility.com friend, Poppy were a lot of fun!
It takes two to get pregnant, and between all the drugs messing with mommy-to-be, Gina and daddy-to-be, Karl’s lifestyle changes, it’s a miracle they stayed together. There was a good part of the book when all they did was bicker, but they loved each other and that was their foundation. It’s a Sibel Hodge novel – chick-lit – you know in the end it’s going to be happy!
Anyone who has dealt with fertility issues will tell you it’s about disappointment and loss, the death of a dream. But there is plenty of living left to be done and that’s what Sibel Hodge does best in THE BABY TRAP. Sibel’s novel is about the future; Gina and Karl’s future together, and it offers hope for other women who have faced the heartache of infertility.
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