Only one reproductive choice is stigmatized: voluntary childlessness. Many protest against this cultural bias, arguing that childfree (preferred over childless) should be a respected choice, says Berkeley clinical psychologist Mardy S. Ireland, Ph.D., author of Reconceiving Women: Separating Motherhood from Female Identity (Guilford, 1993). Motherhood is the defining life experience for many women, but it's not for everyone. Being female doesn't mean your instincts, talents and needs destine you for maternity.
While the Beckhams welcomed their first daughter, Harper Seven, over the weekend, Kate Hudson is still mulling over what to name her new baby boy with her musician fiancé, Matthew Bellamy. From Natalie Portman’s first to Mariah Carey's twins, see more celebrities who added to their families this summer.
We're suckers for the excitement of pregnancies, so we're stoked to hear Keri Russell has another baby on board! The 'Running Wilde' actress and her husband, Shane Deary, are expecting their second child. The couple already has a son, River, who is four years old.
I like to think of myself as a strong woman, a tough cookie, if you will. Even when it comes to my marriage and my husband, I tend to play the role of Ms.Do-it-All-Handle-it-All-Without-Complaint. In this way, now that I am pregnant, it’s tough to suddenly admit that I just can’t do it. And by it, I mean a lot. This is where an unexpected benefit of childbirth classes comes in.
I have never felt sexier than I do now that I'm pregnant. From watching my belly grow bigger and bigger to the cleavage that I never thought possible. There is a lot of pressure out there for women to stay skinny, and the pregnant body is far from that. But this kind of messaging creates the image that a pregnant body is not a sexy body. I must beg to differ.
At seven and a half months pregnant, I am awkward. I am tired. I am gassy. I am not, despite my husband's daily protests to the contrary, sexy. My libido is as MIA as my waistline, and although sometimes I feel like I should throw my husband a bone, I'm at the point where when it's bedtime, I have absolutely nothing left.
Looks like Kate Hudson has a thing for the rockstars, after all she did play Penny Lane in Almost Famous exceptionally well. Earlier this month Kate announced her pregnancy with baby-daddy, Muse front man Matthew Bellamy and now rumors are stirring that after only 6 short months, the two may be walking down the aisle.
"A pregnancy test has confirmed that I'm preggo. But I'm not 100% sure who the father is. 3 years of unprotected sex with hubby has not resulted in any pregnancies so far. And 4 months into my affair I fall pregnant. Lover boy and I also don't use protection. I plan on keeping the baby and not saying anything to hubby. My question is, if and when my lover finds out I'm pregnant, what should I do? Should I end the affair and cut off all communication permanently? Reason: I'm having an affair. " By WonderingWife
Eric Amaranth blogs on the dual role of women's breasts as sexual and maternal, plus breastfeeding and erotic feelings that breasts are naturally capable of.
Six weeks ago, I was cruising through my happily-ever-after in a mid-size SUV. I had one foot planted in soccer mom territory, the other firmly in "I’m still the cool chick I was before I had kids" land. My vehicle reflected this. But five weeks and three days ago came the news that the stork had us on his spring delivery schedule. This is when my husband suggested the mini-van.
My sex life isn't exactly fireworks and handcuffs and a regular reenactment of the Kama Sutra. In fact, when my husband and I first decided to throw away the birth control pills and condoms and try for a baby, I worried: I wanted to be a mom so damn bad, but the frequency with which we had sex was definitely lacking, and I often experienced pain during sex. Amazingly, babymaking sex has totally improved my sex life.
My husband and I once visited all 33 New Jersey wineries registered through the NJ Wine Growers' Association. We did it in three, frenetic months. We spent every single weekend together over the course of those three months, immersed in this shared interest of ours, and it revitalized our marriage. Nowadays, we still enjoy the occasional tasting and, most weeks, we pour each other some wine and cook together. It's a way to keep connected, even though we're still hopeless workaholics. This will all end once I get pregnant.
What is up with Kelsey Grammer pulling a Mel Gibson and getting his side piece pregnant before his divorce papers are signed? The 55-year-old actor, who just split up with his wife of 13 years, former Playboy model, Camille Donatacci, recently started dating a 29-year-old British stewardess named Kayte Walsh. And now the New York Post is reporting that Grammer has knocked up her up.