The Surprising Sex-Related Side Effect of C-Sections

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When I was preparing for my scheduled C-section, there were plenty of details I considered. When would I be able to lift heavy things again? What would my scar be like?

But a new study suggests there’s a whole other facet to C-section recovery that most people would never even think to consider: painful postbaby sex!

Yes, it turns out that cesarean delivery is associated with persistent pain during or after sex, a condition known as dyspareunia. This is according to a new study, which sought to investigate which factors contributed to such pain. It also looked into breastfeeding, fatigue, postpartum depression, and even abuse.

More than 1,200 first-time mothers across Melbourne, Australia participated in the study. Most of those women who had resumed having sex by 12 months postpartum said they experienced pain the first time they did so after having their babies, and close to a fourth of those women still reported pain at 18 months postpartum.

But women in the group who had an emergency cesarean section, vacuum extraction, or elective C-section had double the risk of pain during or after sex at 18 months postpartum as women who had spontaneous vaginal births with intact perineums or unsutured tears.

Call it the painful side effect of surgery no one told you about (until now)!

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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Painkillers and Pregnancy: What Every Woman Needs to Know

Opioid use and pregancyIf you’re of childbearing age and take perscription painkillers, you’re going to want to read this.

Today the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new analysis about women’s widespread use of prescription painkillers and the risk of birth defects.

It revealed that more than one-quarter of privately insured and one-third of Medicaid-enrolled women of childbearing age filled prescriptions for opioid-based painkillers between 2008 and 2012. And many women don’t know that these drugs—for instance the popular codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine—can double the risks for birth defects of the brain, spine, and heart, as well as for preterm birth. Plus, they can cause withdrawal symptoms for baby.

If you’re not TTC and think this doesn’t apply to you, consider that about half of all pregnancies are unplanned, according to the March of Dimes—so you could put a baby at risk before you even know you’re pregnant.

So what does the new analysis mean for women?

“If you’re using prescription painkillers, and you’re pregnant or thinking of having a baby, do not stop taking your medication, but speak with your doctor or healthcare provider right away. You may be able to switch to a safer alternative,” says Siobhan Dolan, M.D., a medical advisor to the March of Dimes.

The CDC has info about medications that are safer to take during pregnancy here.

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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Tiffani Thiessen’s Gender Reveal Cake: She’s Having a…

Tiffani Thiessen and familyTiffani Thiessen has been up-front about trying for baby number two, so the actress and  Dinner at Tiffani’s star was understandably thrilled to announce her pregnancy last week via a cute Instagram pic (shown here) with hubby Brady Smith and 4 1/2-year-old daughter Harper Renn.

“We are excited to announce the news that we are expecting,” she posted. “Harper could not be more thrilled to have a sibling and a playmate.”

Now, Thiessen has shared what we think is one of the world’s cutest gender reveal photos—from what looks to be the same Elizabeth Messina photo shoot—with People.com. The snap shows Smith and Thiessen, with her arm around Harper, cutting into a white-frosted ruffle cake and pulling out a…[drum roll] …blue slice!

Congrats to the happy (adorable) family on their it’s-a-boy news!

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Image: Elizabeth Messina/courtesy of Tiffani Thiessen’s Instagram

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The Big Lesson Milla Jovovich Is Learning With Pregnancy Number Two

Mila Jovovich pregnancy weightDuring my twin pregnancy, I picked up a lot of common mythology—like “Breastfeeding makes the weight just magically melt off!” and “You’ll be teeny tiny in no time with two babies to keep up with!” While those concepts may play out for some people, they hardly proved true in my case. Losing the weight has been all about huge effort and perseverance steadily over months—no magic involved.

That’s a (hard) lesson I learned as a naive first-time mom, and something I’d be more realistic about if I were planning to be pregnant a second time (which I’m not, since I got my two in a one-shot deal)!

Of course, I’m not the only mom to have been naive about pregnancy weight gain. It’s a common fallacy among many of us—even celeb mamas. Among those is second-time expecting mama Milla Jovovich, who just posted a prenatal fitness update on her Facebook page that reveals she had some of the same thoughts after her first time around—and is a lot smarter about weight gain now with baby number two on the way.

Writing candidly about her current weight (170 pounds) and her plans until delivery day, she said, “I’ve gained all the baby weight I need to have a healthy pregnancy—30 pounds—and as of last week, I’ve started having to be really careful about my lifestyle so I don’t continue to gain unnecessarily, which is not healthy for me OR my newborn. I’m really proud of myself for not gaining the same amount of weight that I did with our first child (75 pounds) because I have to be ready to start filming Resident Evil—The Final Chapter in August of this year and I will also be nursing an infant simultaneously (get ready wardrobe department for Alice’s new “easy mama access” costume) so I don’t want to be on any extreme diets to get ready to go back to action hero mode!”

Two-time mama Jessica Simpson is also among the stars who had the same experience following her first time around. She told ABC News in 2013 that she didn’t gain as much weight with the second baby. She said, “Any woman, dealing with their body after pregnancy, you look at yourself and you’re like, ‘What just happened to me?’… Going into my second pregnancy, I was just like, ‘Oh, I can’t eat the whole cake. I can just eat a piece of cake.’”

And that sounds like a sensible plan!

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

Photo courtesy of Facebook/MillaJovovich

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Shakira’s Charity Baby Shower—You’re Invited!

Shakira baby showerOne celeb mama is inviting every last one of us to be a part of her baby shower. But she doesn’t feel a bit bashful about the etiquette implications of asking so many people to buy gifts, nor about having a shower for a second baby.
That’s because we’re not talking about ordinary cupcakes and games—but something way, way more important.

Shakira, who is now expecting her second son with soccer star boyfriend Gerard Pique, is inviting everyone to share in the couple’s good news by buying a gift from her registry for impoverished moms and kids all around the world through her World Baby Shower project with Unicef.

Through the campaign, anyone can go online to buy a measles vaccine for $12, or a basic family water kit for $181.30, or another essential in a range of prices from Shakira’s registry. (The couple did a version of the awesome World Baby Shower concept back in 2012, too, when they were getting ready to welcome their first son.)

The star shared details of the latest shower on her Facebook page—where she has close to 107 million fans, so imagine the impact all those folks can make, thanks to her inspiration.

“We wanted to give something to other parents and babies around the world, who live in conditions of extreme poverty and vulnerability but whose lives can be improved greatly by small contributions from others,” she wrote in the post.

And she encouraged other expecting moms of means to get on board with a similar shower approach. “Let’s make the arrival of our new babies be a blessing to us, our families, and to many others as well,” she wrote. “Thanks for your support—we can’t wait to hear about your baby showers and to celebrate together.”

Now there’s a celebrity who knows that good fortune is worth sharing—especially when it comes to the community of moms and babies all around the globe. Hello, role-model mama!

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

Photo courtesy of Facebook/Shakira

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