Getting Your Sexy Back
Postpartum Tips for Boosting Your Figure, Your Mind, and Your Sex Life
“Childbirth appears to have a lasting impact on sexual function, due to psychological more than physical factors, well beyond the postpartum period,” the researchers concluded. And therein lies the truth about what having a baby does to your body: nothing that even mildly compares to how it screws with your head. You do have to actively combat the forces that conspire against your relationship with your partner and your existence as an autonomous human — and by forces, I mean your kids. Parenting requires ungodly amounts of sacrifice, but do not completely sacrifice the following: sex, exercise, date night, alone time, your beauty routine (you will shower less, for sure, but you will need makeup more than ever), or the Barneys shoe sale.
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Dennis Gross, M.D., my favorite dermatologist, also pointed out to me that the more hours you've spent roasting your bikinied abdomen in the sun before you get pregnant (and during), the less likely you are to ever get back into that bikini: Skin that's been damaged by sun and aging won't recover as well.