The truth about stay-at-home moms

Many women grow up with the dream of becoming stay-at-home moms once they start a family. After all, when you're envisioning life as a first time mother, you're probably not factoring nannies, daycare and babysitters into the equation. Nothing's more daydream-worthy than you and your first born spending unlimited quality time together. So, if your finances allow it and your partner has no problem with it, becoming a stay-at-home mom might seem like a dream come true - until it …

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Women as breadwinners: What happens during pregnancy?

Back in the 1950s, the typical family was made up of a mom, dad and their children. The dad would head out to work each morning and come home later that night, while the mom would stay at home taking care of the kids, cleaning the house and cooking meals. For years, this was society's norm - but it isn't anymore. Nowadays, families can be a lot more complicated than just the mom, dad and kids. It could be the mom, her boyfriend, her kids, his kids and a grandmother. It could be a …

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What happens to your skin during pregnancy?

Women who are getting ready for pregnancy might have a few misconceptions when it comes to some of the physical changes that occur during pregnancy. For example, everyone's heard of the infamous "pregnancy glow," but is that really what will happen to your skin once you capitalize on the best days to get pregnant and find out you're expecting? For most women, the answer is an unfortunate no. Here are some of the biggest changes that may occur in your skin during pregnancy, as …

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Elsa Pataky shows off chic maternity clothes during pregnancy

Actress Elsa Pataky, who's married to actor Chris Hemsworth, is nearing the end of her second pregnancy. She's pregnant with twins, meaning her baby bump is significantly bigger than last time, but it hasn't stopped her from showing off some of the best maternity clothes we've ever seen.According to People magazine, her style can best be described as boho-chic. She's been spotted out and about in California wearing numerous outfits involving flowy dresses and tunics with …

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5 ways babies kill marriages – and how to stop them

When you're getting ready for baby, everything probably seems like all fun and games. There's nothing as exciting as picking out baby clothes, mulling over names, decorating the nursery and imagining what your little one will be like. But once you reach the end of your pregnancy and your baby arrives, things might not be as wonderful as you thought. Particularly, you might find that your relationship with your partner is feeling a bit strained. Babies are notorious for putting a …

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Is 6 weeks too long for maternity leave?

Most American women are offered between six to 12 weeks of maternity leave. They often have to use a combination of short-term disability, sick leave, vacation days, personal days and unpaid family leave to rack up this amount of time, and most of it is unpaid. This might seem a little unfair considering many European countries have much longer maternity leaves. According to Time magazine, Norway gives new mothers 47 weeks off. Finland gives 42 paid weeks, while Sweden gives 480 days at about …

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How long do you have to wait to have sex after giving birth?

Pregnancy has been known to ramp up your sex drive at times, but that probably won't be the case as your third trimester progresses. When you're getting bigger and bigger, you're likely not going to be too into the idea of having sex. That's not to mention how busy you'll probably be getting ready for baby - there might not be a lot of time to think about getting some bedroom action. But after you give birth, the prospect of having sex again might be a welcome distraction …

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7 insider tips for taking the best baby photos

In today's world, almost anyone can be a decent photographer. With smartphone apps and online tutorials at your disposal, it's easier than ever to take stunning pictures of your family, friends, pets and environment. After a long pregnancy and a grueling delivery, chances are you can't wait to show your most recent achievement to the world: your new baby. To put your child's best foot forward, whether it's your first child or fourth, here are seven insider tips on how …

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Jenna Fischer will soon sport second baby bump

Jenna Fischer, known for her secretarial role on "The Office," is expecting her second child with her husband, Lee Kirk. The new baby is scheduled to arrive during the summer, and will join the couple's first child, 2-year-old Weston Lee.Fisher and her writer/director husband were married in Malibu, Calif., in 2010. According to Rainn Wilson, Fischer's ex co-star on "The Office," the ceremony was the most beautiful wedding he had ever experienced, reported People …

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Smart substitutes for unhealthy pregnancy cravings

When you're going through pregnancy, you can't really help the things you crave. Sometimes your body just won't listen to reason, and you find yourself noshing through an entire pint of ice cream while watching the latest episode of "Downton Abbey." It's OK. It happens. But you don't always have to give in to those greedy little voices in your head. Next time something inside you is whispering to you about getting a bag of Doritos, consider these healthy …

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