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Great Sex for Moms

by Valerie Davis Raskin

The only book from a physician-mom with warm, practical, and medically sound advice that will help moms reclaim their passion for sex There's one thing that almost every mother knows but won't discuss: Sex drive diminishes after a baby is born, and it's a struggle to reclaim passion in the years that follow. In Great Sex for Moms Dr. Raskin brings the problem out into the open -- at last. From her fifteen years as a psychiatrist she knows that mothers silently rationalize that sex will return "after the baby sleeps through the night," then "when the children start having sleepovers," and then "once the kids go to college." And she believes that eighteen years is an awfully long time to wait. Dr. Raskin reveals the reasons that women's bodies and minds betray them, resulting in a sleepy libido. The great news is that it's easier than you might think to wake it up. Insisting that a healthy parental sex life is in the children's best interests, Dr. Raskin shows you how to: Overcome the feeling that you're the only one in America with a boring sex life -- Leave your mother persona at the bedroom door to rescue your sexual self -- Banish the inner censor and talk about sex with your partner -- Stop frenzied, on-demand mothering so you can nourish your libido. Great Sex for Moms is perhaps the most important book a mother can read for nurturing her marriage, her children, and above all, her own sexuality.

This Isn't What I Expected [2nd edition]

by Valerie Davis Raskin Karen R. Kleiman

"Will I ever feel like myself again?""Why am I so sad and irritable all of the time?""Will my wife ever be like she used to be?""Why didn't anyone tell us to expect this?"If you or someone you love is among the one in seven women stricken by PPD, you know how hard it is to get real help. In this definitive guide, postpartum experts Karen Kleiman and Valerie Davis Raskin offer compassionate support and solid advice on dealing with every aspect of PPD. Their proven self-help program, which can be used alone or with a support group or therapist, will help you monitor each phase of illness, recognize when you need professional help, cope with daily life, and recover with new strength and confidence. Learn how to:Identify the symptoms of PPD and distinguish it from "baby blues"Deal with panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive urges, and stress overloadBreak the cycle of shame and negative thoughtsMobilize support from your husband or partner, family, and friendsSeek and evaluate treatment optionsCope with the disappointment and loss of self-esteem

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