Thinkstock / The BumpSure you're handling dirty diapers by the pail-load and have breast milk stains on your shirt. But, whether or not you believe it, you're actually hotter than ever.
By Valerie Tejeda for TheBump.com
You've realized you're powerful
"Feeling sexy is about power," says J. Maria Bermúdez, PhD, a family therapist and associate professor of marriage and family therapy and human development at The University of Georgia. And don't you feel strong having just gone through the birth process? Heck, you created a whole (pretty amazing) human. If you can do that, you can do almost anything, mama -- making you feel pretty smokin' -- and look it, too.
You're in charge
Not only did you create this person, but you're responsible for pretty much everything that happens with him. You're making big decisions by the handful, and lots of new moms find they're more outspoken than ever before, on their baby's behalf. That newfound confidence can transfer over to the bedroom.
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Thinkstock / The BumpSure you're handling dirty diapers by the pail-load and have breast milk stains on your shirt. But, whether or not you believe it, you're actually hotter than ever.Read More »from 7 Ways Having a Baby Makes You Sexier
- TheBump.com | Parenting – Thu, Oct 3, 2013 4:05 PM EDT
Photo: Jonathan Clay Harris / The BumpThe mom, reality star and fashion designer dishes on what worried her most about having a baby, what life is like at the Cavallari-Cutler home during football season and why she doesn't regret having baby Camden before her wedding.Read More »from Kristin Cavallari on Having a Baby Before Marriage
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The Bump: What was your biggest fear before becoming a mom?
Kristin Cavallari: At first, I had set myself up for the first six weeks just to be brutal. Everyone I talked to said you walk around like a zombie and you get no sleep and it's just really difficult. I had set the bar pretty high for it to be really bad and I was actually pleasantly surprised. It was definitely hard but I expected just to be a zombie and I wasn't, so I think I just had that new mommy high and so it just felt great.
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TB: Wow, that's awesome! What's your best advice for getting through those early weeks?
KC: Get all the help that you can. Luckily we had a lot of family around and so my
- TheBump.com | Parenting – Wed, Sep 25, 2013 6:19 PM EDT
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The latest study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology found that the smell of a newborn baby triggers a surge of dopamine for new moms, which is similar to the reward response that comes with satisfying a craving for food. But smelling a baby doesn't make you want a snack - it makes you want one of your own.
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Study author Johannes Frasnelli, a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the University of Montreal found that smells are part of a network of chemical communication signals between mom and baby that can be very intense. She said, "What we have shown for the first time is that the odor of newborns, which is part of these signals, activates the neurological reward circuit in mothers. These circuits may especially be activated when you eat while being very hungry, but also in a craving addict receiving his drug. It is in fact the sating of desire."
For the study,
Photo: Shutterstock / The BumpYou're already going under the knife to get a c-section, so, while you're at it, why not get a tummy tuck to flatten things out, too? Hm… not so fast.Read More »from C-Tucks: Genius Idea or Scary Trend?
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"A friend of mine told me I could have a tummy tuck at the same time as my c-section, if this is my last pregnancy," says MacieLu8* on The Bump community boards. "I asked my doctor about it and he said, 'Sure, I just did one of those last week.' I'm so excited!"
There's plenty of appeal to the idea of having a nip/tuck right in the same breath as a c-section. There's just one dose of anesthesia, one operating room, and one recovery period for both surgeries. Plus, after nine months of watching the numbers on the scale go up and up, most women are eager to get their pre-baby body back. But is it really a good idea?
What's a c-tuck anyhow?
Getting a c-tuck means having two surgeries in the same timeframe. Baby is born by c-section; the OB and team whisk baby away, and then a plastic surgeon comes
Photo: Shutterstock / The BumpBy Kylie McConville for TheBump.comRead More »from In-Flight Nannies: Would You Use One?
Your airline experience is about to get a sky-high makeover. Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is now offering "Flying Nannies" to passengers on-board.
The nannies are specifically trained to entertain children on long-haul flights. Aubrey Tiedt, Etihad Airways' Vice President of Guest Services, said, "The Flying Nanny will liaise with parents and use their experience and knowledge to make the travel experience easier. This includes helping serve children's meals early in the flight and offering activities and challenges to help entertain and occupy younger guests.'
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According to the company's website, Etihad Airways has trained more than 300 cabin crew members for the role as Flying Nanny. This month, they'll train 60 more, adding more on the roaster each month so that by the end of 2013, a total of 500 Flying Nannies will be working across Etihad Airways
- TheBump.com | Parenting – Wed, Sep 11, 2013 12:05 PM EDT
Photo: Veer / The BumpBy Kylie McConville for TheBump.comRead More »from Could Your Guy's Um… Testicle Size Make Him a Better Dad?
A study published in the journal PNAS found that smaller testicle size in men appears to be liked to greater involvement in child-rearing.
Study researchers from Georgia found and recruited male participants all with children under the age of 2 years old via fliers and Facebook advertisements. They then measured each man's testosterone levels and testes volume. They also performed brain scans while they were shown pictures of their own children's faces and those of strangers. Researchers also included mothers by surveying them on the father's level of parental involvement. Researchers, in the study notes, say that the intention of the study was to determine whether biological factors accounted for absentee fathers.
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They wrote, "In modern Western societies, some fathers choose not to invest in their children. Why do some men make this choice? Life History Theory offers an explanation for variation in
Photo: Veer / The BumpBy Abigail Green for TheBump.comRead More »from 4 Things You Should Never Say to a Pregnant Woman
Is there anything more stressful than those final few weeks leading up to your baby's birth? Yes! Constantly fielding all those "did you have the baby yet?" queries!
When I was at the end of my pregnancies, it got to the point where I stopped answering the phone and email because I couldn't take it anymore. Not even the calls from my mother, mother-in-law, and friends who were "just calling to see how you're doing." (Translation: Did you have that baby yet?!) I was tempted to joke, "Oh, yeah, thanks for the reminder. We actually DID have the baby a couple weeks ago. I can't believe I forgot to tell you!"
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If you're having a scheduled C-section, that's one thing. But for the rest of us, the baby will come when the baby darn well wants to come, OK?
With that in mind, here are four things NOT to say to an expectant mom:
1. Do not ask for her input on your travel plans. I actually had people say to me, "So
- TheBump.com | Parenting – Wed, Sep 4, 2013 3:25 PM EDT
Thinkstock / The BumpBy Kylie McConville for TheBump.comRead More »from Moms-to-Be Are Selling Their Positive Pregnancy Tests on Craigslist
Would you ever sell your positive pregnancy test on Craigslist? The latest (and weirdest?) trend to hit the internet has moms-to-be auctioning off their positive pregnancy tests online for about $25.
While the reasons for doing so are still a little blurry, some ads suggest that potential buyers use the positive tests to get their longtime boyfriends to propose, while others encourage their buyers to use the tests to prank their parents. Horrifyingly enough, one test even says that the positive test for sale could be used to "ask for abortion money" and then use the cash to "go on vacation."
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A woman in Florida put her positive up for sale with the following ad: "I will provide you with 1(one) positive pregnancy test with NO QUESTIONS ASKED. Taken same day. It isn't my business what you choose to use it for!"
In Toeldo, OH, a woman writes: "I will no [sic] take any responsibility for
Photo: Shutterstock / The BumpI catch myself in awe of celebrity moms (and dads) from time to time. For the most part, I do not read into the world of celebrities too deeply because let's be honest, there is enough going on as a mom already, but lately I have thought about what it would be like. Want to know what my gut reaction was? I am so glad I am not a celebrity mom.Read More »from Why You'd Never Want to Be a Celebrity Mom
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More from The Bump: Celeb moms who didn't shed the baby weight
There would be definite perks for sure, but do they really outweigh the cons? No, not for me. Why? Because…
1. I couldn't stand the constant hype about my body.
As if being a mom - heck - a woman isn't hard enough, can you imagine having your image smeared across screens and magazines in order to let the general public decide if you look thin enough?
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2. My parenting mistakes might be caught on camera.
Let's lay it all out there for a second. We all make mistakes when it comes to parenting. If
- TheBump.com | Parenting – Tue, Aug 27, 2013 4:38 PM EDT
Getty Images / The BumpDrew Barrymore, mom to Olive and founder of FLOWER beauty, always looks so fresh, pretty, and confident, doesn't she? What's her secret? In this exclusive interview for The Bump, Drew shares what she loves (and hates!) about motherhood, her most embarrassing pregnancy moment (oh, how we can relate to her craving!), and the mom advice she most treasures.Read More »from Drew Barrymore Reveals Her Pregnancy Craving was 'Humiliating'
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The Bump: What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
Drew Barrymore: Being a mom makes me think so much about my reactions to things. With kids, your reactions to everything are so utterly important and it's made me rethink other parts of my life as well. In a nut shell, how you handle everything comes into the sharpest focus of your life when you become a parent.
TB: What's been the hardest thing about motherhood?
DB: Guilt, guilt and more guilt. It's never enough, being an overachiever doesn't come close to cutting it. Worry, Worry, Worry.