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  • The Best Sex Advice for Getting Pregnant

    Is there some truth to those old wives' tales after all? By Annie Daly, REDBOOK.

    Chances are, you've Googled a version of "What are the best sex positions for conceiving?" or, more explicitly, "What are the best sex positions for conceiving a boy or a girl?". What did you find? Probably a bunch of mixed messages. Some say that doing it in a certain position will up your chances of getting pregnant or of conceiving a specific gender. Others claim it's a giant myth.

    Let the confusion end right now. "Although there aren't any scientific studies to prove the theory, there's definitely validity to both ideas," says Jennifer Berman, M.D., an urologist, sexual health expert, and recurring cohost of The Doctors.

    Related: The Top 10 Complaints from Unhappy Husbands

    In order to get pregnant, sperm needs to enter the vagina and reach the cervix--and there are things a woman can do to at least enhance the possibility that it will, says Berman. Start by having sex in missionary

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  • What a Skin-Care Label Really Tells You

    Crucial info like whether it'll work miracles, just waste your money, or actually irritate your face. Allow us to translate. By Kayleigh Donahue Hodes, REBDOOK.

    Like your stuff organic? If you don't have a chemistry degree, it's hard to know whether something is truly natural. One shortcut: Products with the USDA Organic label on the front of the package are the real deal.

    Related: 10 Facial Oils for Every Skin Type and Concern

    Yes, it expires. There's usually a cushion on the expiration date, to account for time a product might spend on the shelf. Many are fine as much as six months past the date, but look for signs of bacteria (changing color or a bad smell) and ineffectiveness (for example, it used to tingle and it doesn't anymore).

    Where you keep it matters. If you want to get the most out of your cream, follow the storage directions. Some of the most important ingredients are rather fragile (for example, vitamin C and retinol break down in sunlight). So if the label

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  • The 10 Best Drugstore Lipsticks

    We raided the aisles to find the best cheapie formulas for you. By Marissa Oliva, REBDOOK.

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  • 6 Pieces of Marriage Advice to Ignore

    By Brie Schwartz, REDBOOK.

    Pardon the cliché, but relationship rules are meant to be broken. Though people love to offer marriage advice--You don't have to be best friends! The path to your husband's heart is through his stomach! (I really hope that one's not true)--none of it matters if what you're doing works for you. Even if your system is in direct violation of all of those hackneyed guidelines, rebel away.

    1. Don't go to bed angry

    There have been times when I literally wept--yes, wept, not cried--myself to sleep because I was so frustrated. During those instances, I was hangry, hopped up on hormones, and acting completely irrational. That's when the best way to end the senseless string of insults and crazed behavior is to just go to bed. At some point in the middle of the night, I'll find my husband's arm around me, and the next morning, I wake up feeling silly, and I apologize, and we move on. Sure, it's not that easy with the big stuff, but sometimes a foul mood you

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  • We're Serious! the Healthy Way to Eat Bacon

    It won't make you fat--if you work a strip or two into your recipes the way Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien does. REBDOOK.

    Crunchy chicken salad. I love to add bacon to lightened-up chicken salad. It boosts the yum factor without a ton of fat. Cook and chop two slices of center-cut bacon. Mix with 3 oz cooked and chopped skinless chicken breast, 1 Tbsp fat-free mayo, ½ tsp Dijon mustard, and ¾ cup chopped veggies--I like tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onion. Makes 1 serving: 200 cal, 6 g fat (2 g sat), 28 g protein, 1 g fiber, 9 g carb.

    Related: The 25 Best Snacks for Weight Loss

    Happy jalapeño poppers. Make this already delicious app even better with a bit of turkey bacon. Halve 6 jalapeño peppers lengthwise, removing the seeds and stems. Mix 2 wedges of Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese into ¼ cup room-temperature fat-free cream cheese and spoon it into pepper halves. Wrap each with half a slice of turkey bacon and bake at 375°F until crispy, about 20 minutes. 3 poppers: 107

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  • What Foundation Should You Use?

    Let this photo convince you to airbrush and glow-ify your skin in one step. Your perfect-match product is waiting here. By Kayleigh Donahue Hodes, REDBOOK.

    Top foundation tips:
    1. Hold your horses! Give your moisturizer at least five minutes to sink in before you put on foundation. Otherwise it can sit on top of your skin and make the foundation pill or cake.

    2. Put on too much? It happens. Dampen a makeup sponge and sweep it over your face to fix a foundation overdose. Misting with a hydrating spray and blending with your fingers works too.

    3. Pay special attention… to dry skin around your nose or the corners of your mouth: It's like a magnet for foundation to settle into. A gentle go with an exfoliator smooths away flakes and roughness.

    Liquid foundation
    What it is: This is what most of us think of when we hear "foundation": a fluid base that comes in many finishes--sheer, matte, anything you want.

    Related: The 10 Best Cure-All Lip Balms

    Why you'll like it: It

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  • 10 Sneaky Signs He Loves You Unconditionally

    Sure, it's nice to hear "I love you," or have it pop up in a spontaneous text, for that matter, but it's even better when you just get it. By Brie Schwartz, REDBOOK.

    1. When your girlfriends come over to vent, he doesn't disappear to the other room. He pours himself a glass of wine and joins the conversation--which is good, because they love hearing his relationship advice.

    2. He brings you fro-yo (extra crunchies on the side!) without you asking. He may not understand how you could possibly crave it over ice cream, but he instinctively knows when you need the stuff--unlike when you just casually want it, a.k.a. every night.

    Related: The Top 10 Complaints from Unhappy Husbands

    3. He agrees to take couple selfies in public, even though he finds them embarrassing.

    4. When your daughter scores the winning goal at her soccer game, or you get to attend an exclusive event together, he'll post the "braggy" on Facebook so you don't ruin your social media cred.

    5. He

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  • 9 Easy Tricks that Ensure You'll Never Have to Cleanse

    They'll keep your body running (and looking) its best--without ever resorting to a juice fast. By Erin Zammett Ruddy, REDBOOK.

    None of this.Cleanses are the new black, seducing celebrities and regular women everywhere with their promise to flush out toxins, jump-start weight loss, clear skin, and tap new energy. But these extreme programs can be unhealthy and angry-making (just try being nice when your last "meal" was lemon juice with cayenne pepper). We do accumulate toxins, says Melina Jampolis, M.D., a Los Angeles-based physician nutrition specialist. "But our body is built to cleanse itself constantly. The way you live has a more profound impact than any fast fix." Follow this advice and you'll never sip your dinner through a straw.

    Related: The 25 Best Snacks for Weight Loss

    1. Start your day with water and lemon...

    "Sleep is dehydrating," says Zelana Montminy, Psy.D., a nutrition expert based in Los Angeles. She and other experts suggest warm water, because it's less taxing on the

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  • 7 Ways Doctors Nix Back Aches

    Get this: 80 percent of us will experience back pain at some point. The advice these docs give their pals can help you stay miraculously immune. By Lisa Mulcahy, REDBOOK.

    You might be the back-pain "type." Relax, already!

    "I see people all the time who have certain traits that can really contribute to back pain. Usually it's that woman who's very stressed, which makes her body susceptible to inflammation, a major cause of back pain. She's dehydrated, sits at a desk, and doesn't exercise enough. I tell my friends to cut out caffeinated drinks--caffeine can dry out the cushions between the vertebrae, leading those vulnerable bones to develop cracks. Instead, drink water. And when sitting, straighten up and open your legs slightly, which will stabilize your back. When you walk, keep your core engaged: Think about how you hold in your stomach as you're trying to get into a tight pair of jeans. Your back will thank you!" -Isis M. Medina, chiropractor and certified clinical nutritionist in Read More »from 7 Ways Doctors Nix Back Aches
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    Detoxing will help you lose weight
    "Detoxification is a made-up term," says Yoni Freedhoff, M.D., author of The Diet Fix. "Juice cleanses that call themselves that rely on pseudo-scientific babble." Yes, you'll lose weight on a three- or five-day liquid diet, but once you go back to solid food, you'll gain it all back--and maybe more thanks to acting on feelings of deprivation and the idea that you deserve treats after being "good." "Our liver, kidneys, and skin detoxify our bodies naturally. There is nothing left over that we need to remove, nor is there any mechanism by which these cleanses could do so."

    Related: The 25 Best Snacks for Weight Loss

    There's a miracle in a bottle
    "I am constantly bombarded with questions about supplements--right now it's raspberry ketones and green bean coffee extract," says registered dietitian and author of Skinny-Size It Molly Morgan. "But there's very little

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