By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK.
Getty ImagesBad news, pregnant ladies: All that obsessive reading of the "The Complicated Pregnancy" chapter of What to Expect When You're Expecting may be doing worse things to you than just giving you nightmares. A Norwegian study recently found that women who are afraid of childbirth end up with longer labors. Women who were reported "greatly afraid" of labor and delivery ended up, on average, with an extra hour and half of labor compared to less-afraid moms.
There are some research studies that have me scratching my head, but I have to say this one makes perfect sense to me. Having gone through labor and delivery five times - two with an epidural, two without any meds, and one half-and-half - I can tell you from experience that being afraid of the pain can actually create more of it. It's that half-and-half delivery that really convinced me.
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My first two deliveries were relatively short
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We turned our office into a mini scoop shop to test the new crop of guilt-free, low-fat ice cream treats. Yes, that's how much we care. By Dana Vogel, REDBOOK.
Courtesy of Manufacturer Blue Bunny Champ! Snack Size Ice Cream Cones
140 calories, 8 g fat per cone
Like the ice cream cones you remember having as a kid--but smaller and easier on the waistline. One tester said it best: "Hooray for snack size! Just the right portion."
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Alison Gootee/Studio DOrganicville Caramel Swirl Organic Low Fat Ice CreamCourtesy of ManufacturerCiao Bella Adonia Greek Frozen Yogurt Bars in Peach
120 calories, 3 g fat per ½-cup serving
You never know what you're going to get when you reach for a diet-friendly ice cream, but this one was so rich and full-flavored, at least one tester thought we were pulling a fast one: "No way this is low-fat."
75 calories, 0 g fat per bar
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Now's the time to clean out your freezer! Trust us, you'll need the extra space to test these 14 grown-up popsicles, plus seven other refreshing adults-only treats we came across. By Alexa Tucker, REDBOOK.Read More »from 8 Fun, Refreshing "Poptails"
Courtesy of Confections of a Foodie BrideWhite Sangria Popsicles
Courtesy of Confections of a Foodie Bride
1 bottle dry white wine
½ cup simple syrup
½ cup orange liqueur
2 cups chopped fruit (recommended: strawberries, green apples, peaches and blackberries)
Combine wine, syrup, and orange liqueur. Juice 1 lemon into mixture. Slice other lemon thinly and halve the slices. Add in remaining fruit. Pour into 3-ounce paper cups and freeze for 2 hours. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze until solid. Yields 24.
Courtesy of Bakers RoyaleBlackberry Prosecco Popsicles
Courtesy of Bakers Royale
1⁄3 cup blackberries
4 oz crème de cassis
Splash of fresh lime juice
2 pinches lime zest
20 oz Prosecco
Pour crème de cassis on blackberries and crush. Add lime juice and zest. Put 1 tsp of mixture into each popsicle form and pour Prosecco on
By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK. Getty ImagesRead More »from Top 10 Things Parents Hate About Potty Training
Potty training is the final gauntlet of parenting toddlers and definitely falls under the category of "better to laugh than to cry." Of course the end product is worth all the struggle, but in the meantime, those of us still in the trenches like knowing we've got company.
1. Cutsey talk. "Every time I squeal, 'Oh sweetie! That is the best poopy ever! Yay!! And it DOES look like a bridge!' I want to look around and check for the hidden camera." - Maria
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"I felt like a 'poop midwife,' coaxing them to just 'push a little more,' and 'keep trying.'" - Melissa
2. How every toilet outside of our house becomes a huge attraction. "I like the enthusiasm, but we can't go to a park, store, or restaurant without having to visit the restroom-possibly multiple times." - Robyn
3. Laundry. "The other day I accidentally washed a pair of dirty toddler undies with my laundry-a fact I didn't discover until I made it to the gym, worked up
- Redbook | Love + Sex – Fri, Jul 20, 2012 12:58 PM EDT
Ever wonder, Would he really care if I totally stopped shaving my legs? Or totally started putting the moves on him? In the name of relationship research, we had real women make those changes and more. You won't believe what never showed up on his radar. By Ronnie Koenig, REDBOOK.Read More »from 7 "Wife Duties" Your Man Wouldn't Care If You Dropped
Getty ImagesExperiment 1: Become the initiator
"It's not that I never initiate sex," says Michelle, 42. "It's just usually only after I've had a few cocktails. I know he won't reject me, but it's out of my comfort zone." Her husband, Bill, has mentioned that he doesn't like being the one who always gets things going, so Michelle decided to go a little Lady Marmalade on him. They'd just walked through the door after running errands one afternoon when, Michelle says, "I gave him a deep kiss. Before I had a chance to do anything else, he took off with it!" So a few nights later, she lost the subtlety. She put on her sexiest underwear and flashed Bill before they went out. "When we got home, I started kissing him and
Choosing your next read requires a quick mood check: Do you want something light and frothy or serious and engaging? These top picks will satisfy every craving from the shallow end to the deep. By Tiffany Blackstone, REDBOOK.Read More »from 8 Sizzling Summer Reads
Courtesy of Ballantine Bantam Dell BooksThe After Wife by Gigi Levangie Grazier
Hannah Bernal has problems: Her husband just died, she's about to lose her home, she just got her daughter kicked out of school-oh, and she's suddenly seeing ghosts. When it comes to bubbly reads with a big gulp of heart, The Starter Wife author Grazier never disappoints.
Courtesy of Atria Publishing GroupBetween You and Me by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
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Feel healthy and fit by following these easy health tips-you won't have to lift a finger! By Rosa Heyman, REDBOOK
Getty1. Don't deprive yourself
"Enjoy the foods you love in moderation," encourages Amy Shapiro MS, RD, CND, of Real Nutrition NYC. "No single food makes you gain weight, the portions are what matters."
2. Eat until you feel satisfied, not full
You've heard this before. Etiquette author Emily Post believed that a polite lady should put down her fork between every bite, a technique that also helps you realize when to stop eating before you feel bloated.
3. When ordering out, always order a small
"Whether it be coffee, salads, soups, frozen yogurt," says Stephanie Middleberg, MS, RD, CDN of Middleberg Nutrition. "If you want to be small, order that way."
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GettyWarm weather (and the accompanying date with our bikini) generally makes it easy to keep up our healthy eating habits during summer. Seriously, what's simpler than throwing a lean protein on the grill along with some veggies, followed by a dessert of fresh berries and sorbet? But when we travel, all bets are off. When we're scrambling to get the car packed with kids, suitcases and beach gear or rushing to make a plane, train or ferry, who has time to prep healthy meals and snacks? Now, we all know fast food isn't exactly figure-friendly, and it can be downright frightening (especially after one McDonald's employee's tell-all on Reddit revealed way TMI), but savvy menu sleuths can spot some healthy, satisfying choices. Here's how to look your best all beach season long and leave your sarong in your suitcase. Even if tonight's dinner is a pit stop with hungry, tired kids that have to eat rightthisveryminute:
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1. Fruit Snacks
Nix it: Dentists hate them because they're the number one cause of tooth decay. Parents hate them because they're filled with artificial colors and flavors. But kids love them-of course. And why wouldn't they? They're basically candy with a health halo. Despite being labeled with the word "fruit," most fruit snacks contain very little, if any, actual fruit. Even fruit snacks that do contain real fruit (and no, "fruit juice" doesn't count) are missing the satiating fiber and water that comes with whole fruit.
Fix it: Grapes, berries, and peeled tangerines are just as finger-food friendly as fruit snacks, and most kids love the taste. And hey, raisins are nature's fruit snacks!
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2. Packaged Desserts
Nix it: Nobody sends a Ho-Ho, Twinkie, or Honey Bun to school with their child because they think it's healthy. We let our kids have them because they love them, and we love treating