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Every marriage is bound to encounter a few bumps along the road, especially when you're first starting out. We're here to help you out with solutions to couples issues and common newlywed arguments. First, find out about the tried-and-true stuff your parents probably wish they'd known. We've sorted out the newlywed "rules" you can ignore from the relationship mistakes you need to avoid. Learn the right way to handle a fight and the solutions to the most common newlywed arguments. We've also got help for couples issues that are specific to the modern marriage. For example, the four rules of Facebook for couples, how to deal when you're married to a metrosexual, and handling coworker crushes. You can also read our expert Q&A for dealing with all kinds of couples issues. Find tips on making friends as a couple, managing work stress as a pair, and avoiding common newlywed arguments about stuff like cleaning and entertaining. We'll help you solve issues with everyone -- your honey, your couple friends, your in-laws -- and find solutions that work in every part of your life, from the bedroom to the office. From whether it's okay to tell friends about your issues to breaking out of a sex rut, we've got you covered. And don't forget your fellow Nesties! We've pulled together lists of real couple gripes and likes, Nesties' marriage secrets, and their most ridiculous fights -- you're sure to relate to something! Or find even more sympathetic ears with our relationships message board.

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What I Didn't Know Until I Was Married

Real couples dish on what they've learned about each other -- good and bad.

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We asked members of community to share their biggest marriage surprises -- what they've learned since getting hitched and what they wish they'd known from the get-go. Here's what they had to say.

"He thought he was going to get a lot more action once we were married." -- KPavinich

"We thought we'd be together all the time after we got married, but we see each other less now than before." -- Joshandkristina1102

"Foreplay can be as simple as brushing our teeth. Easy breezy." -- ivyelle4101

"I wish I knew how many snacks he ate. His stomach takes up a lot of our grocery list!" -- blissed-out

"Don't ask what a 'Dutch oven' is. Just don't." -- billiepaul

"Your single friends have difficulty accepting that you can't go out with them late at night, dancing, drinking, and tempting fate." -- Lvalle

"How bad my husband actually snores and how much he enjoys doing the dishes. I figure they cancel each other out!" -- giaM28

"It's really so much about communication. As long as you tell each other what you are expecting or thinking, everything should be fine." -- surfsweet85

"No matter how many times you adamantly deny it, many family, friends, or random strangers think 'married' equals 'ready to have a child.'" -- alixzafiris

"My husband has never once purchased an item of clothing for himself. Apparently, this job was passed from his mother to me. Unless I wanted to walk around with a man wearing tapered jeans and a braided belt, we were taking a trip to Bloomies." -- springyfran

"If you are already committed and happen to cohabitate prior to marriage, it really is just a piece of paper and a new way to do your taxes." -- GypsyLou

-- The Nest Editors

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