Getting Your Sexy Back
Postpartum Tips for Boosting Your Figure, Your Mind, and Your Sex Life
Iconic sexy mama Jane Birkin inspired the famous Hermès Birkin bag.Reg Burkett/Getty Images
We love this thoughtful and frank advice on reclaiming sexiness post-pregnancy, especially because feeling hot is typically the last thing on new moms' minds. But, as the author below discovers, it's completely possible to reclaim your pre-baby mojo and feel like your old self again in no time. Besides, who ever said motherhood means the end of sexy?
By Rachael Combe for ELLE
If, like the vast majority of women in the United States, you're thinking of having kids at some point (according to the National Organization for Women, 81 percent of women 40 to 44 years old are mothers), I have, after many years of body-image grappling, come up with a few pointers — which no pregnancy guide or biddy will tell you — for surviving the transmogrification without losing your figure, your mind, or your sex life.
But when they compared the 29 pairs of twins in which one had given birth and the other had not (admittedly a small sample), they found something interesting: The mommies were significantly less happy with their sex lives and there was no apparent physical reason.