"34 percent of mothers reported having had an extramarital affair after the birth of their children, according to a study released yesterday. More than half, 53 percent, of women polled in the "Sex and the American Mom" survey also said they had entertained the idea of straying on their spouses." http://www.nypost.com/seven/05022008/news/nationalnews/stray_at_home_109104.htm I personally believe that were not really meant to be lifetime faithful to one, and these statistics seem to bear this out. Perhaps the motive for straying is not so much the birth of a child and more the itch and desire for another partner after several (or more) years of intimacy with the same man. The article reports that women want more sex, but then many couples do get into a sexual rut and boredom, which again is probably indicative of the way we're not really meant to be lifetime faithful to one. The 34% is a consistent percentage, and quite a few studies over the last forty or fifty years have put male and female cheating at around the 30% mark. Think about the married mothers on your street, how many are there? Your friends or relatives who are married mothers? How many are having or recently have had affairs? And, of course, their husbands or partners? Not every relationship has both partners cheating, so 30% + 30% is estimated to be around 50% or more of marriages. Quite a revelation when you think of it in these terms.