Secrets to Living Your Happily Ever After

Written by Terry Hernon MacDonald

As a young girl, I developed a dim view of marriage.

Most of my friends' mothers tiptoed around their fathers. When I was nine years old, my friend Karen's aunt actually sat us down and gave us tips on how to get a man and keep him happy (it didn't escape my notice that she made dinner, moppedrepparttar floor, and changed diapers while her prince slept onrepparttar 136702 couch. I never even made eye contact withrepparttar 136703 man; he remained comatose forrepparttar 136704 length of our acquaintance).

As I got older, magazines offered advice on how to get a man to commit and how to decipher his feelings (expectingrepparttar 136705 guy to express them would be out of question).

I gotrepparttar 136706 message: To be a success in life, I needed a man. That they were a lot of work wasrepparttar 136707 price I had to pay for being a woman.

Like most little girls, I was sold from birth onrepparttar 136708 wedding fairy tale:repparttar 136709 giant ring,repparttar 136710 dress,repparttar 136711 honeymoon inrepparttar 136712 sun. But, whilerepparttar 136713 wedding looked like fun, life beyond it looked likerepparttar 136714 job from hell.

So it's no surprise that when I got into my 20s I attractedrepparttar 136715 wrong men. They all feared commitment or had some sort of emotional entanglement that prevented them from starting a real relationship with me.

After many years and much soul searching, I discovered thatrepparttar 136716 men weren'trepparttar 136717 problem. I wasrepparttar 136718 problem. I attracted men who could not commit because I didn't want to commit. Deep down I believed marriage would bore me at best, kill me at worst.

But, still, a small part of me did want to get married and wanted to believe that lifelong happy relationships were indeed possible. I determined what I wanted in a relationship, what would make me feel secure, at peace, and bring me joy. I wrote down a list ofrepparttar 136719 qualities my perfect husband would offer.

Dealing With Common Pregnancy Complaints

Written by Beverley Brooke

Pregnancy is not without its side effects. During pregnancy your body will undergo many hormonal changes. These hormone fluctuations can result in a variety of unpleasant symptoms including: nausea, fatigue, bloating and fluid retention and mood swings.

What’s a pregnant woman to do? Believe it or not, there are many changes you can make to your diet that will help minimize many ofrepparttar common pregnancy complaints you are having.

Nausea/Morning Sickness – This is one ofrepparttar 136670 more common complaints pregnant women have, particularly during their first trimester. Many women find that sipping on some

fizzy soda water with fresh squeezed lemon often helps reduce nausea. Ginger tea is also another well known remedy for nausea and morning sickness. If you are still not feeling better, an extra 10 to 25 milligrams of vitamin B6 is often just enough to help ease nausea. You can take a supplement or try foods rich in B6 such as lean meats, fish and avocados.

Edema – Most women swell a little during pregnancy. The best thing you can do to ease swelling is drink more water. You may think you are already drinking too much, but in all reality you probably aren’t. Some women find that wearing compression hosiery can also help reduce fluid retention. Some women also find that a little extra calcium/magnesium can help combat fluid retention and bloating.

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