Is it just us, or does it feel like after you get married the fun sex convos you used to have with friends suddenly just stop? Ladies, right here, right now, we're revoking the gag order.
Who's talking about what?
We polled REDBOOK readers to find out.
61 % say they talk about sex less with their friends now than they did when they were single
20 % say they never talk about sex with their pals anymore
36 % say they wish they chatted about sex more often
22 % say they stay mum out of respect for their husbands (17% say there's just not much to tell)
23 % of women who don't chat about sex say they would if a pal brought it up
78 % of women say they know their guy shares sex-life details with his friends
Find out: What Men (Really) Think About Sex...
These ladies think they have solid reasons for keeping mum, but if they opened up, they'd learn more about themselves and their friends - and find out they're so not alone.
What I'm not telling: "My husband and I are really adventurous. We
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Is it just us, or does it feel like after you get married the fun sex convos you used to have with friends suddenly just stop? Ladies, right here, right now, we're revoking the gag order.Read More »from Sex Secrets Women Won't Share With Each Other
You may be a whiz at comparing travel rates online, but it turns out that good old conversation could save you a lot more. In a Consumer Reports poll of 1,000 people, 83 percent said they'd nabbed a better hotel rate simply by - shocker - asking. It's even more of a possibility now, given lower occupancy rates in hotels, reduced demand for rental cars, and the scramble to fill every last room for the holidays. So start talking and get what you want for less.Read More »from How to Talk Your Way into Amazing Travel Deals
KEEP ASKING FOR BREAKS. Before you leave for your trip, search online for current hotel and car rates. If they're lower than what you got, says Peter Frank, creator of the travel blog Let's Be Frank, "call and ask for that rate." At the hotel or car place, tell the clerk if you're on a trip for a special occasion, like a birthday or anniversary. Then ask, "Any chance of an upgrade?" For hotels, it helps to arrive later in the day. "Last year, our family got to a Vermont ski resort on Christmas Eve," says Ellen Smokler, 42, of
Being a mom is a private journey, but the events that shape us as moms are often lived out loud on the national stage. Here are 21 groundbreaking, lighthearted, or serious milestones that have made motherhood what it is today.Read More »from Big Moments That Have Shaped Modern Motherhood
The First Mother's Day (May 1914)
President Woodrow Wilson designates the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day, calling it "a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country."
Related: 10 Secrets of Great Moms
The Epidural (1930s)
Before John Bonica, M.D., invented the epidural block, relief for the pains of labor meant being knocked out. Today, women can be awake for the momentous occasion that is birth.
Lucille Ball's Pregnancy (1952)
The star's pregnancy is written into I Love Lucy - a TV first. Scripts are reviewed by a priest, a minister, and a rabbi, and CBS insists on using the word "expecting" instead of "pregnant." But fans love it, and the episode featuring Lucy's delivery sets a new ratings record.
The Breast Pump (1960s)
More and more moms are saying they aren't getting anywhere near enough ZZZs, and it's wrecking their health, their careers, even their marriages. We found out what's really keeping them wide awake at all hours, and what women can do to get some much-needed shut-eye.Read More »from Why Moms Can't Sleep â€” And How to Start!
PROBLEM: Schedules + Stress = No Sleep
Often moms can't get enough sleep because their crazed schedules (are there benefits to stress?) don't allow it. "I constantly get up in the middle of the night to do things I can't get done during 'normal' hours," says Melissa Gaskins, 32, who often cleans and pays the bills during the wee hours. Faced with the options of getting an extra hour in bed or having a picture-perfect home or career, many choose the latter, says Gary Zammit, Ph.D., director of Clinilabs Sleep Disorders Institute at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York. But you can cram a life into a crazy schedule.
SOLUTION: Avoid doing things in bed that cause stress, advises Meir Kryger, M.D., a sleep specialist at
No, not naughty nurse costumes! We're talking creepy-yet-refined decorations, spooky booze and sweets (hello, hostess gifts), and starting the Halloween countdown as soon as possible - because, honestly, it's our favorite day of the year. Just remember, Don't Get Fat This Halloween: See the full list of our Halloween candy picks here. Find out how your favorite candy stacks up.
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- Redbook | Parenting – Tue, Oct 5, 2010 7:56 PM EDT
Photo Credit: Kiyoshi Takahase Segundo/ IstockThe scientific achievement led to the birth of over four million babies. So why aren't more people celebrating its co-developer?Read More »from Babies & Backlash: Nobel Prize for IVF Scientist Stirs Some Controversy
By Briana Mowrey
British biologist Robert G. Edwards, who co-developed in vitro fertilization therapy along with gynecologist Patrick Steptoe, has just been awarded this year's Nobel Prize in Medicine. With his help, the first "test tube baby" was born in 1978, and since then, about four million babies have been conceived using IVF. Considering that the fertilization of human egg cells outside of the body was a breakthrough treatment for infertility, (which according to the Nobel Assembly's press release is a condition that afflicts "more than 10% of all couples worldwide"), you'd think everyone would be celebrating the doctor's long-overdue recognition. Right? Not so much.
When it was introduced, the procedure was a hot-button issue that raised religious, moral, and scientific concerns. Now it's more scientifically accepted, and long-term studies of IVF
- Redbook | Parenting – Tue, Oct 5, 2010 7:51 PM EDT
British biologist Robert G. Edwards, who co-developed in vitro fertilization therapy, has just been awarded this year's Nobel Prize in Medicine. With his help, the first "test tube baby" was born in 1978, and since then, about four million babies have been conceived using the technique. You'd think everyone would be celebrating the doctor's long-overdue recognition, but it seems there's as much new backlash as there are new babies.Read More »from Scientist Who Made IVF Possible Won a Nobel Prize. Does He Deserve It?
When it was introduced, the procedure was a hot-button issue that raised religious, moral, and scientific concerns. Now that long-term studies have concluded it's safe and that IVF children are as healthy as other kids, it's more scientifically accepted, but the religious and moral issues linger. To wit, some reader comments on the NYT piece about the award raised concerns about global overpopulation ("Like the world is not overpopulated enough") or debated the merits of choosing IVF over adoption ("I don't understand why a couple would choose IVF when
It's not the fake fangs, spiders, or haunted houses that scare my friends most this time of year. Oh, no - it's the pillowcases full of chocolate and candy corn! My advice: Never stock your house with your absolute favorite candy (you know who'll eat most of it), and keep this in mind when snagging a piece from your kid's trick-or-treat bag...
BEST CHOCOLATE MINIATURE:
3 Musketeers Minis
(24 calories, less than 1g fat)
You'll save calories if you go for chocolates with light and airy insides instead of denser fillings.
WORST CHOCOLATE MINIATURE:
(45 calories, 2g fat)
Mindlessly down a few of these and you might as well have eaten a whole bar. Whoops!
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BEST FRUITY CANDY:
(50 calories, 0g fat for 10 pieces)
Most fruit-flavored hard candies have reasonable calorie counts. But tart ones take longer to eat!
WORST FRUITY CANDY:
Starburst Fruit Chews
(204 calories,4g fat for 10 pieces)
Chewy Starbursts are Read More »from The Best and Worst Halloween Candy
- Redbook | Author Blog Posts – Tue, Oct 5, 2010 12:52 AM EDT
The Pill. Coffee. Sun. Confused about whether these and other factors put you at risk for breast cancer? To find out we went to the top experts. Here's the latest thinking on when to worry - and when to relax.Read More »from Are Seemingly Harmless Habits Putting You at Risk for Breast Cancer?
5 Things That May Not Cause Breast Cancer After All
1. Mammograms. There's a common misconception that radiation from annual mammograms causes breast cancer. But mammograms expose you to only about 18 millirems of radiation per exam - the equivalent of two days normal exposure to natural radiation in our atmosphere, according to the American College of Radiology. It is true that women who are exposed to very large amounts of radiation during their teens and early 20s have higher rates of breast cancer, probably because developing breast tissue is more susceptible to its effects. When women in their 30s and older are exposed to radiation, the risk is not as great as it is for younger women, says Rache Simmons, a breast surgeon at the New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical
Check out these tiny truths guaranteed to bring couples closer in a big way.Read More »from 12 Secrets to a Happy Marriage
1. "The heart of marriage is memories."
--Actor Bill Cosby, married to Camille Cosby
2. "If I wake up at night, I watch my wife sleep and fall in love with her again."
--Colin, via email
Happy Marriage: How to Have (and Keep) One
3. "My husband introduces me as his 'lovely bride.' It's silly because we've been married 10 years. But he tells me, 'I love you so much, I still feel like a newlywed.'"
--Kenya, Uniondale, NY
4. "The difference between a successful marriage and a mediocre one consists of leaving about three or four things a day unsaid."
--Author Harlan Miller
12 Secrets of Super Happy Couples
5. "A pasta dish with a glass of wine and candlelight keeps our romance sparked. We'll just sit there and relax."
--Actress Kate Capshaw, married to director Steven Spielberg
6. "I would like to have engraved inside every wedding band: Be kind to one another. This is the golden rule of marriage and the