Mom After Hours

Mom After Hours

Here on Mom After Hours, we talk about the hard stuff: sex struggles after kids, relationship hiccups, infertility, work woes, and everything that is mom life. With humor and zero filters, millennial host and mom of two Brandi Wiatrak creates a non-judgment free zone to discuss the taboo conversations modern moms want and need to have. Especially those hush-hush topics moms are often hesitant to talk about for fear of criticism or ridicule. Whether it's advice from leading experts or real-life stories from moms just 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 Thursday morning. www.momafterhours.com... Show More

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October 22, 2020 30 min

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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When you discover you're pregnant, you're eager to spread the news of your growing family with the world. 

You come to expect well-wishes and celebrations because after all, that's what's supposed to happen, right? 

 But what do you do when you're met with disapproval, resentment, then immediately released from your job?

Sadly, this is precisely what happened to the well-respected, top-performing executive, Kiley T...

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How are you doing, mama?

It's rough out there, isn't it? 

The U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that a third of Americans show signs of clinical depression and anxiety. 

And these and other mental conditions are increasing even more so during the pandemic. 

Many mothers are trying to manage it all, but we feel defeated and emotionally and mentally exhausted.

In this episode, a popular mental health advocate, Kristen Gardiner,...

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Women in today’s working world have it tough, especially working moms.

According to a recent study published by WerkLabs, the insights division of The Mom Project “not only are women and working moms balancing a plethora of responsibilities, but they are also fearing for their jobs- approximately 60% of the jobs eliminated in the first wave of the pandemic-induced layoffs were held by women.”

These layoffs mean tons of women are now ...

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No matter where you turn online, men are trying to connect with you.

One might be a military leader.

Another a hot single doctor. 

One may be a seemingly sweet admirer. 

While their messages may seem heartfelt, or at times, downright creepy, often, these men online aren't after your heart. 

They're after your bank account. 

Catfishing is typically used for romance scams on dating websites; however, catfishing often takes place on...

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Changes are hard to accept when they are forced upon you. 

You're working a 9-5 job, tending to kids full-time, or just living life, when all of a sudden, a boulder appears in your path.⁣⁣

And you have no choice but to pivot.

You have to do things differently. You may even have to learn  how to do things differently. 

And sometimes you might not want to.

Change can be seen as a positive when it is something you've been working t...

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It's not easy to date in today's generation of "swipe left, swipe right." 

You put yourself out there, and you either get crickets, or your inbox is overwhelmed with creepers who just want a tit pic or a hook-up. 

Despite multiple dates, you still can't seem to find the one.

You might find yourself asking: 

What am I doing wrong? 

What do men or women even want? 

How do I find the right person for me?

Don't worry, ...

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Do you ever wonder if you're doing this mothering thing right?

You talk to your doctor, read the posts in parenting Facebook groups, stalk the mom blogs, and scroll the lovely oh-so curated Instagram feeds of mommy influencers, and you still have no clue.

One person says to do this, another person says to do that. 

Some even tell us we must look a certain way to earn the "good mother" label.

Are mothers being set up for fai...

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Hear how Brandi and Emily are dealing with mom-life in the middle of the COVID quarantine. It involves lots of feeling all the feels to be quite honest. And big changes ahead. 

Brandi shares her top tricks for getting unstuck in the never-ending groundhog day. And Emily shares why she's needing to restructure her time and step away from the Mom After Hours podcast to dedicate time to her family and growing business. 

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When we decide to embark on our motherhood journey, we often expect everything to go as planned: conceive quickly, then deliver a baby in 9 months.

But, sometimes, our bodies can face health issues and challenges beyond our control, forcing us to take a bumpier route to motherhood.

In this episode, Kelly McLay, a two-time seven continent marathon finisher, and founder and owner of Fitness International Travel, a travel agency focused...

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Rarely, do you hear someone say they want to remarry their ex. 

After all, they divorced for a damn good reason, right?

He cheated with the girl next door.

He got tired of his anger issues.

She craved more excitement in  his life. 

The stories are endless.

But, there are times when remarriage does occur. Surprisingly, 10% to 15% of all divorced couples will reconcile. 

And, popular motherhood and lifestyle writer, Amy Blair and her partne...

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This new normal is tough.

Kids are at home 24/7. Parents' work environments have been flipped upside down. Moms everywhere have become home school teachers overnight and are running on yesterday's coffee fumes.

It's a tough time to be  a mom, ya'll. 

These unexpected changes can take a huge toll on relationships, and marriages. Even worse, research is claiming divorce rates will likely spike in light of the quarantine.

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Chelsea Skaggs, Founder of Postpartum Together, dishes up the truth about the impact that birth and early motherhood can have on your sex life and romantic relationship.

Just because you may get the all-clear to start having sex again after your six-week postpartum check-up, you may not even feel close to ready. Many new moms (and new dads!) face a decreased sex drive after welcoming a baby into their homes. Blame lack of sleep, the...

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Several years ago, Celeste Yvonne, a mom, and writer dropped out of the “mommy needs wine” club to begin her sober-living journey.  In the process, she accidentally became a spokeswoman for sober moms everywhere. 

Celeste's honesty, wit, and unfiltered view on sobriety have landed her in the Huffington Post, US Weekly, Washington Post, and The Today Show.

In this episode, Celeste talks with Emily and Brandi about her journey to l...

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Joanne Jarrett, a family physician, turned stay-at-home mom, writer, and cozy clothes designer, talks about how motherhood reinvented her career and the importance of staying creative and inspired as a mom. 

We're guilty of feeling pigeon-holed by societal norms and expectations. That's why Joanne's zest for life is so infectious. She proactively left a highly esteemed and highly exhausting career in family medicine to t...

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