I hear it often. "Before we had kids, we used to _____ all the time." Couples typically fill in the blank with something really fun that they used to do together, such as having lots of sex, adventures, great conversations, or laughing a lot. As a relationship therapist, I ask distressed couples who are in my office, "Why did you stop?"
Jenna Wolfe, The Today Show anchor and new mama, tells us her secret to staying focused in the newsroom, in the gym, and at home.
When you've got a little sweetie, touching up your hair color slips way low on your priority list. Luckily, these genius products keep your shade vibrant for, like, ever. Give them a try!
Lots of new moms aren't exactly in the mood for sex once Baby arrives, but if your guy isn't initiating either, don't assume he's not interested. A study from the University of Michigan suggests that a key reason dads avoid nooky is that they're worried about hurting their still-recovering partner.
When I got pregnant, I was bound and determined to look good after the baby was born. I admired those moms in my Facebook newsfeed whose hospital pictures showed them smiling with makeup on as they cuddled their newborn. That was totally going to be me. I even imagined all the comments people would make in on those first few pictures. "Congratulations! Baby and mama look great!"
In retrospect, this was a crazy notion. (Can I blame it on the hormones?) None of those things happened. Oh sure, people congratulated me on my baby, but I did not look good. Not at all.
People joke that having kids is the best form of birth control, but if you don’t want another baby right away, you need a method that really works. Plus, research shows it’s optimal to wait at least 18 months before conceiving again in order to reduce the risk of having a preterm birth or a baby with low birthweight.
Few events in life are as unforgettable as having a baby. But there are plenty of other days after the Big Day that aren’t rosebuds and rainbows. Suddenly, you’re adjusting to less sleep, a changing body, and to being cooped up with a little bundle of … demands?
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When I gave birth to my first child, nobody asked what I planned to do with the placenta. If they had, I would have answered, “Why, do you want it for something?” It wouldn’t have occurred to me that someone might sauté her afterbirth with lemon and ginger, blend it into a smoothie or make a blood-on-paper print of it for posterity.