I'm a high heel wearing writer, magician, sleuth, and twin mama with tattoos. I take care of the kids by day and write and give Baby Prep classes by night. I get personal on Mommy With Tattoos and mouthy at Daily Momtra. I'm obsessed with taking naps, 70s vintage, chocolate chip cookies, reality TV, Mexican food, and my husband's meatballs (this is not a naughty reference).
For some pregnant women, hearing the words bed rest is like hearing the always correct fortune teller saying you are going to have a painless, all-natural birth that will be over in 10 minutes. Perfect! It's like being "forced" to relax, feet up, massages, and grapes being fed to you by your shirtless husband who has just spent the last two hours scrubbing the bathroom so you can take the best bath ever. For others, bed rest is the most awful sentence. Stay in bed? Impossible! But many of us do it for the health and safety of our pregnancy. It's prescribed to us by our doctors.
"Sex Confessions" is a series featuring your naughtiest bedroom secrets and fantasies. Some will sound familiar, others may give you ideas, some will turn you on, and some are dark and twisted. You might want to sit down for this.
Some of us cannot wait to have an orgasm. We can't wait for sex with our lovers; we can't wait to pleasure ourselves. But some women fear taking themselves to ecstasy. Maybe it's a fear of the unknown if they have never had an orgasm before. Maybe they just can't allow themselves to let go enough and relax to get there. Diane* has that problem. She just doesn't want to have an orgasm. She's afraid of having one. She had one once, she says, and it made her feel weird afterward. And she doesn't talk about it at all with her husband of 11 years with whom she has two kids with. I'll let Diane explain.
Often it's fear that separates those who want birth at home or in the hospital. The fear that hospitals and some doctors seem to perpetuate. There are other factors, of course. For some birthing at home just isn't an option. But for others, it's an option they didn't even realize possible. That's what happened to Erica Bovino. She was home with her 3-year-old son Jack asleep in his bedroom and she was having contractions. Her husband, Paul Sulzicki, was on his way home from work. Erica called him after her water broke and she realized there wasn't time for her to get to Yale-New Haven Hospital.
The baby was ready to be born. She was going to have to do this alone -- she was going to have an unassisted, unexpected home birth in her bathroom.
Making a baby isn't always easy. For some couples, they have sex and it just happens. For others, it takes time and even medical help. One of my friends has three beautiful kids that she was able to have through in vitro fertilization. The triplets are 6 years old now and fantastic little beings none of us can imagine our lives without. I remember the stress and pain she experienced when going through the process. But it was worth every second. Any couple who wants to have a baby and are having a hard time getting pregnant can attest to the pain and stress -- more than seven million people face some form of infertility, so that's a lot of people potentially considering IVF.
What if a new test can take some of that stress away? A personalized test to give you your chances of success with IVF has been invented.
We all have days when being a mom is the most amazing and rewarding experience ever. With cherries on top and dancing bears that fart rainbows scented like cotton candy. Then there are days where we can't wait until it's bedtime so we can have a HUGE GLASS OF WINE. And then another. It's those challenging days that I want to personally pull the fingernails off of certain people because they help take my kids from level 5 annoying to level 11 out of 10.
Go on and say it's my fault because I'm an awful mom. I'm going to sip my wine and blame others. Here are the five worst people to run into when you are with your kids ... particularly on those challenging days.