Feeling frenzied all the time can take a toll on your fertility. Here’s how you can chillax and boost your odds of baby-making success.
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the fear} My life is over (and I’ll need a minivan)!
the facts} Today’s mothers are starting families later, having fewer kids and logging more hours at the office than ever before. This means more time to nurture your career and interests before and after you start a family. “You don’t automatically have to give up everything you’ve valued,” says Lawrence Kutner, Ph.D., co-director of the Harvard Medical School Center for Mental Health and Media and author of five parenting books, including Pregnancy and Your Baby’s First Year (Avon Books, 1994). “Parenting, like much of life, is about adapting to change in creative ways,” he explains.
solutions} Take a cue from Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Shara Frederick, who started monthly new-mom get-togethers (called Tots and Tonic) to combat isolation and to chat about interests besides diaper brands. If you’ve left work, stay in touch with your pals from the office. Pursue a hobby without guilt—a happy mom makes for a happy baby. And cool new baby products, from cleverly disguised diaper bags to sleek strollers, mean you don’t have to abandon your stylish tastes.