Mom After Hours

Mom After Hours

Here on Mom After Hours, we talk about the hard stuff: sex struggles after kids, relationship hiccups, infertility, working motherhood, and everything that is mom life. With humor, millennial host, and mom of two, Brandi Wiatrak creates a judgment-free zone to discuss the taboo conversations modern moms want and need to have. Especially those hush-hush topics moms are hesitant to talk about for fear of criticism or ridicule. Whether it's advice from leading experts or real-life stories from moms like you, Mom After Hours equips moms with the encouragement, tools, and humor needed to power through motherhood. Subscribe now and receive a fresh new episode every other Thursday. www.momafterhours.com... Show More

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February 25, 2021 40 min

Every mom has likely felt as though she can't take on one.more.damn.thing. Being stressed with children who require your help from sunrise to sundown is typical.

But feeling like you're on the edge of losing your mind or like the weight of everything is on you is called burnout—a state of mental, physical, and emotional depletion.

Studies suggest about 14 percent of parents feel this way, and research finds societal pressure ...

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As many as 50 to 75% of new moms experience a monumental shift in their emotions called the "baby blues" after delivery. 

According to the Cleveland Clinic, up to 15% of these women will develop more severe and longer-lasting depression, called postpartum depression (PPD). But some believe the figures may be even higher — researchers have suggested as many as 50% of women with PPD do not report it.

In this episode, Dr. Walker...

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Often the first image that comes to mind when one hears “stepmom” is Cinderella’s evil stepmother, Lady Tremaine, who punishes and abuses Cinderella psychologically, motivated by her jealousy.

It’s no wonder why most women don’t relish that title or fear being part of a blended family. 

Today’s guest, Yolanda Ridley, however, was the contrary.

Yolanda was completely unfazed about becoming a stepmother, but she learned some valuable le...

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January 17, 2021 2 min

Change, change, changggggge. 

Hey, mama! Hey! If you have a few minutes, please peep this important update about the Mom After Hours podcast. 

Thanks, girl! 

 

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Today, we are talking about the down and dirty deed: SEX. 

Sex is often left on the back burner once you become a parent, but it is essential for maintaining a happy and healthy relationship. 

And we're not just talking penetration here, mamas.

In this episode, sexologist Dr. Celeste Holbrook talks about foreplay, intimacy, sexual fantasies, everything that encompasses sex as we know it. She teaches how to communicate our needs an...

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December 20, 2020 1 min

This year, moms around the world were pushed to their limits. We were kicked around, spit out, and some days it felt like we were hung out to dry.

Despite a few scratches, we're still standing.

And that my fellow warrior mama, calls for a celebration.

Cheers to you and all that you have accomplished and endured this year.

Together, let's say goodbye to the year of isolation and hello to the year of connection.

Next season, join ...

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While the body positivity movement started with good intentions, lately, people are using the term "body positivity" to shame.

From Adele to Rebel Wilson to the young mother down the street, women worldwide are being shamed for either losing weight or deciding to lose weight. 

And it's started a Great Body Positivity Divide. 

You have one group that says if you're genuinely body positive, you shouldn't want to lose...

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When you experience a loved one's loss, it can turn your life upside down and inside out.  

 It can also serve as a blatant reminder of how short life can be and the importance of embracing each day as if it's your last.  

Today's guest Michelle was a harrowing overachiever and perfectionist for most of her life. But after losing several of her loved ones to cancer, including her younger brother, she woke up and said, no ...

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As mothers, our work is perpetual.

From late-night feedings to early morning lunch-packing, some days it is damn near possible to sit still and rest. Our neverending to-do lists, demanding jobs, and family time always compete for our time and attention. It's no wonder we break, or in Christina Dunbar's case, develop a stress-induced illness.

As a working mother of three children, including one child with a rare genetic disord...

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When your emotional health breaks down, and you “suck it up” without resolving the trauma that happened, your wounds will continue to fester.

You might think you’ve “gotten over it,” but in reality, it’s likely you haven’t. These unresolved traumas can unconsciously affect the way we mother and how we show up in relationships.

And The Mommy Therapist, Allyson, is here to talk to us all about it. 

Back by popular demand, Allyson Pitre ...

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When we think about infertility, we often don't talk about the impact it has on our relationships. More especially, our romantic relationship.

The hormones, shots, tests, and timed sex can leave you and your partner feeling stressed, frustrated, and disconnected.

Today's guest Amanda knows this first-hand.

She was diagnosed with unexplained infertility several years ago, endured seasons of failed fertility treatments, and was ...

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Family relationships can be complicated, especially the relationship you hold with your in-laws.

Some of us have a supportive mother-in-law who doubles as a shopping buddy and a father-in-law who is as fun and loving as the person we married.

And we are incredibly fortunate.

However, when you have in-laws who dish out disrespect like hotcakes and cause unnecessary drama, it sucks BIG TIME.

You may find yourself wondering if the relatio...

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When you welcome a baby into the world, you're a messy ball of emotions.

We expect the excitement, happiness, and a little nervousness over having to take care of this ultra-fragile being, but what happens when that anxiety doesn't go away after a few weeks? 

What happens when you start craving your old life and don't feel a strong connection to the infant lying in your arms?

Sadly, many new moms go through this experience...

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Psychology Today describes resilience as: “that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes.”

Whether it is bouncing back from trauma, tragedies, health problems, or stress, it takes a special kind of person to remain positive and optimistic when your journey encounters ...

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We are dynamic, multi-faceted women.

We are writers, artists, entrepreneurs, dancers, comedians, sales professionals, athletes, daughters, teachers, lawyers, doctors, sisters, and so much more.

These unique pillars of our identity can bring us much joy and a sense of accomplishment. 

With motherhood, however, sometimes that sense of fulfillment never arrives. 

In this episode, Brittany Bergman, author of Expecting Wonder: The Transform...

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From childcare to remote learning, meal planning, and beyond, moms are often the "designated doers" of most parenting and household duties. 

Need a snack?

Ask mom.

Can't log in to your computer?

Ask mom.

Need help wiping your ass?

Ask mom.

It's hard, tiring, and overwhelming as hell.

And we need help! 

In this episode, Rosanna Berardi, a lawyer, entrepreneur, and ultimate queen of the household, shares her top hacks and tips...

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Nowadays, women are delaying motherhood until their 30s and 40s. 

Instead of craving those two blue lines, we focus on our goals, careers, traveling the world, and waiting not only for the perfect person but also for the ideal blend of financial and emotional stability.

Studies have determined that—though it can be more difficult, biologically—"when women are able to get pregnant and have children later in life, there are signifi...

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In the United States, over 700 women a year die of complications related to pregnancy, one of the highest maternal death rates in the developed world.

And those numbers continue to climb. 

Childbirth complications don't discriminate. It can kill women of every race and ethnicity, education, and income level, in every part of the U.S. 

But it is Black and nonwhite women that have almost three times the risk of death from hemorrhage...

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Cheating is one of the top marriage killers. Upwards of 40% of married couples are impacted by infidelity. And for unmarried peoples, research indicates cheating almost doubles  the rate of married couples. It's obscene. 

Nothing can ever prepare you for the heartache, feelings of betrayal, and confidence shattering effects an extramarital affair brings. However, according to today's guest, Keisha Brooks, it is still possibl...

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Before you become a mom, your girlfriends tend to rule your world.

From nights out on the town to girl’s weekends and endless texts and calls, it’s our besties that take center stage.

Then… a baby, or two, arrives.

And shit changes. 

A lot.

In this episode, Brandi, and host of Bottomless MOMosa podcast, Elisabeth Allen, talk about the impact motherhood has on friendships, how friendships change through life's seasons, and signs that...

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