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[Arrange Body] 10 Ways To Feel Sexy Again During (And After) Pregnancy 

10 Ways to Feel Sexy Again During (and After) Pregnancy 

Hello? I welcome you all to this wonderful episode on ArrangeBody

Do you want to Rekindle your passion with these sexy strategies? Or are you curious about how and what to do/know? Look no further.

Maybe you’ve been so busy being pregnant or taking care of your baby that you haven’t thought about sex recently. But just in case, here are some fun ideas for getting in the mood again:

 

1. Lock the doors. You two need time alone. No interruptions from baby or Grandma.

2. Forget about intercourse — for now. Who needs the pressure?

3. Cuddle, kiss, make out.

4. Trade foot rubs.

5. Shower together.

6. Give (and get) a full body massage.

7. Leave a sexy love note in his pocket.

8. Meet your husband at a quiet spot for a drink — nonalcoholic, of course, if you’re pregnant or nursing.

9. Exercise. You’ll feel better about yourself and get your pre-baby body back faster.

10. Take a long bath to unwind, recharge, and luxuriate. And since you’re already naked…

The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It’s not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child’s condition.
Pregnancy Sex Basics

The lowdown on sex during the next nine months. 

Now that you’re pregnant, there’s no doubt that your sex life will change. But just because you have a burgeoning belly doesn’t mean that you have to spend the next nine months living like a nun.

Safety Issues

Sex during pregnancy can be both safe and enjoyable.

Your baby is perfectly protected in your uterus, and most couples can safely continue having sex right up until the baby is born. That said, there are a few situations in which your doctor will probably advise you against intercourse. These include:
Preterm labor

  1. More than one miscarriage
  2. Placenta previa (a condition in which the placenta blocks the opening of the uterus)
  3. Infection
  4. Bleeding
  5. Breaking of the amniotic sac or leaking amniotic fluid

 

Your Sex Drive 

It’s not uncommon for women to notice a change in their sex drive once they become pregnant. Whether your sex drive dips or surges during pregnancy varies by woman, as well as by the stage of pregnancy you are in. Some women find that their newly voluptuous bodies and the relief of not having to worry about birth control put them more in the mood for sex. For others, nausea and fatigue — especially during the first trimester — make sex less appealing. And during the third trimester, some women feel so uncomfortable with their bigger bellies and other pregnancy woes that they don’t desire sex.
New Sensations

Good news: There’s a good chance you’ll find sex even more pleasurable than you did before pregnancy. Increased blood flow to your pelvis during this time can mean greater sensitivity and enjoyment. You may even experience multiple orgasms — many women experience them for the first time during pregnancy.  Hormonal changes can make your breasts more sensitive to his loving touch. One caveat: For some women this increase in sensitivity is too much and actually becomes painful. But don’t worry, it’s just temporary.

Your Partner’s View 

Don’t be surprised if your partner’s sex drive is affected as well. For some men, a pregnancy makes them feel even closer to their partner, while your “new” body may excite him. For other men, worry about their partner’s and baby’s comfort and safety (and even anxiety about assuming the role of dad) may decrease his desire.

 

New Positions 

As your belly grows, you will probably find that some positions work better for you than others. Missionary, for example, may be downright impossible! Now is a great time to experiment. You may find that what works best is a woman-on-top position, or a side-lying position, where you each lie on your side either facing each other or with him lying behind you. Try different positions until you find one that’s comfortable for you.

 

Alternatives to Sex 

If you aren’t in the mood or are unable to have intercourse, you can find other ways to show affection and maintain your connection with your partner.  Cuddle, kiss, trade massages — whatever appeals to each of you. And whether your find your sex life improves or peters out during pregnancy, it’s important to keep the lines of communication open.  Talk to your man about your feelings, your concerns, and most of all, your excitement during this special time.

The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It’s not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child’s condition.

 

The Best Positions for Pregnancy Sex 

Try some new maneuvers to accommodate your growing belly. 

Because your body doesn’t change that much in the first trimester, sex can pretty much continue as it has in the past. Later, as the uterus grows, some positions may become more difficult to perform. Sex expert Pepper Schwartz, PhD, offers these suggestions on the best sexual positions during pregnancy:

Spoon: The spoon position can be very cozy and intimate. In this case you should lie on your side curled in a C, with your partner facing your back and curled around you. He then enters your vagina from behind while both of you are lying on your sides.
Side by side: Another good choice for late pregnancy, this position will control thrust and keep weight off your belly. You and your husband lie side by side, facing each other. He slips his leg over yours (your leg can be either straight and to the side or bent at the knee) and enters you from an angle. In a variation of this, you lie on your back and he on his side. Put your leg that’s closest to him over his legs. He can enter you from the back and side, and still have his face next to yours.
Woman on top: This can be a satisfying position during late pregnancy, allowing you to control pacing and be more comfortable. Make sure, however, that he doesn’t enter you too deeply.

Edge of the bed: Try lying down face-up on the edge of the bed, with your legs spread and the soles of your feet on the floor. Your partner can stand or bend over you. This position, however, does allow him to thrust more deeply, so you’ll have to tell him how gentle and slow you want him to be.

If you find that intercourse is too uncomfortable as your belly grows, explore other types of sexual gratification, such as oral sex (don’t blow air into the vagina) or mutual masturbation.

The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It’s not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child’s condition.
Is Sex During Pregnancy Safe? 

When is sex risky, and when can you just relax and enjoy it? 
When It May Be Risky 

Many women and their partners may wonder: Is sex during pregnancy really safe? Luckily, for the vast majority of women, sex right up until their due date is perfectly safe — though it may become uncomfortable as the months pass.

In some high-risk cases, however, sexual relations during pregnancy can be risky. Many doctors recommend that women at risk for preterm labor avoid intercourse because semen contains substances that can cause the uterus to contract. Your doctor or midwife will let you know if you need to be concerned.

 

Pregnancy Sex May Be Risky If

  1. Your practitioner has counseled against it for any reason.
  2. You have unexplained bleeding and a history of premature birth or labor.
  3. You have placenta previa, a condition where a portion of the placenta covers the cervix.
  4. Your water has broken.
  5. You are currently experiencing bleeding.
  6. You’re in the last trimester, carrying multiples.
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If you fall into one of the above risk categories, be sure to ask your doctor or midwife to clarify the length of time that intercourse should be restricted and any other specifics, such as avoiding orgasm. And always call your practitioner if you experience a discharge of bright-red blood after sex (especially if it’s accompanied by fever), or any leaking fluid.

What You May Experience After Intercourse

You may feel your uterus contract or increased fetal activity after orgasm. In fact, uterine contractions can last for up to 30 minutes after intercourse for some women. These contractions and movements are perfectly normal and you don’t need to worry about them affecting the baby.

Due to increased blood volume and engorgement, your cervix may bleed slightly after intercourse. So don’t worry if you see a bit of blood, particularly in the last trimester.

 

How Much Sex During Pregnancy? 

Are you feeling frisky or nauseated, exhausted, and huge? 

Introduction 

At some point, every expecting couple wonders how pregnancy will affect their sex life. Will you ever have uninhibited sex again? Will you have as much sex during pregnancy as you did before?

Whether you’re completely uninterested in sex now that you’re pregnant, or you’re feeling sexier than ever, most women find that pregnancy changes their sex lives in ways they never expected. This is probably the first time you have been able to make love without worrying about getting pregnant!

The majority of couples experience ups and downs in sexual desire during the nine months leading up to a baby’s birth. Here’s an outline of what to expect:

 

First Trimester 

Many, though not all, pregnant women find their sex drive diminishes during the first trimester. You may be too exhausted and nauseated to think about sex, and sore breasts may also limit your desire to be touched. If you’re not feeling in the mood, you’re in good company: One study shows that 54 percent of pregnant women experience diminished desire during the first trimester. Don’t worry. Your interest is likely to pick up again in just a few weeks.

Second Trimester 

For many women, this is the golden time of pregnancy, particularly when it comes to sex. The fatigue and nausea have lifted, and you may be feeling sexy again as you begin to “show.” Physically, your clitoris and vagina are more engorged from the increased blood volume, which may increase pleasure. 

(Many women become orgasmic or even multi-orgasmic for the first time during the second trimester.) Be aware that dads may feel inhibited as they come to terms with the fact that you are carrying a real, live baby. They may be concerned about hurting the baby or about him “overhearing” sexual activity. Talk to your doctor or midwife about any concerns you have, and try to enjoy this period.

 

Third Trimester 

Toward the end of the final trimester, many couples experience a drop in sexual activity. The sheer girth of a pregnant woman’s belly may make lovemaking difficult — except in a few “creative” positions. Even so, many couples continue to enjoy relations right up until the end. Can sex late in pregnancy cause preterm labor? A recent study by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists shows that intercourse after 29 weeks does not increase a woman’s risk for preterm labor (assuming that the pregnancy is a normal one).

 

How to Maintain Intimacy 

Mutual understanding and open communication will help you and your partner survive these nine months. In the meantime, you may need to get creative. Try different love-making positions or experiment with massaging and touching your husband in new ways. Most importantly, start to stress quality over quantity when it comes to sex. This advice will carry over into the exhilarating but busy child-rearing years.

 

Recipe for Romance 

Parent or parent-to-be? You still deserve a little romance! 

As a busy parent or parent-to-be, it’s difficult to make time for romance. With a little effort and creativity you can renew the excitement and attraction that brought you and your partner together. Try these tips to inject more love and romance into your day:

  1. Take a long, leisurely bath together. Enjoy a glass of champagne or juice with sparkling water, and drop a cherry in it.
  2. Give each other a slow, soothing shoulder massage. Try using oils scented with a sensual aroma like jasmine, rose, or musk.
  3. Play exotic or soft music. Dance slowly by candlelight.
  4. Rent a romantic video and snuggle under a soft blanket. You can even try watching it “au naturel.”
  5. Feed each other. Try chocolates and fresh fruits.
  6. Tell your partner what first attracted you to him.
  7. Then talk about what you love the most now.
  8. Look through photos taken when you first met. Remember how you felt when you started falling in love.
  9. Relive your first date. Return to the scene or re-create it as closely as possible.
  10. Sit together in the moonlight and just hold hands. Let nature take its course.
  11. Getting a babysitter is optional. Just wait until the kids are asleep and stay up a little later to give each other some undivided attention.

8 Signs You May Be Pregnant 

Are you pregnant? The earliest way to know is through a blood test. However, some women notice symptoms even before they take a test. Although not conclusive, you should get tested if you notice these eight pregnancy signs. 
How can you tell if you’re pregnant? 

The earliest way to know for sure is through a blood test. Four days after fertilization, the egg begins to produce a hormone called hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), which can be detected in your blood and, a few days later, in a urine sample. 

However, some women notice symptoms even before they take a test. Although these aren’t conclusive, you should definitely get tested if you experience any of the following:
1. Tender breasts: Many women report increased sensitivity, fullness, or heaviness within a few days. By two weeks after conception, your areolas (the pinkish or brown skin surrounding the nipples) may start to enlarge.
2. Spotting: Scantier than a period and sometimes mixed with a yellowish discharge, a small amount of bleeding may occur when the developing egg implants itself in your uterine wall.
3. Fatigue: Can’t keep awake at work? If you feel tired even after a good night’s sleep, your body may be going through the changes of early pregnancy.
4. Nausea: Don’t think of it as “morning sickness,” since it can strike at any time of the day or night. It might feel like a slight case of seasickness or a full-fledged stomach virus — or you may not experience it at all.
5. Bloating: Many women mistake this early sign of pregnancy for PMS; the tip-off may come when your period doesn’t arrive.
6. Increased urination: You may need to go to the bathroom more than usual, a symptom that will return in spades during your last trimester.
7. Stretching of pelvic ligaments: During the course of a normal pregnancy, the uterus will grow to about 1,000 times its prepregnant size (imagine a pear turning into a basketball). Some women feel their pelvic ligaments stretching to make room for this growth to occur.
8. Food cravings: If you suddenly find yourself ravenous for citrus fruits, red meat (even if you’re a vegetarian), or potato chips, don’t assume it’s all in your head. Pregnant bodies may crave increased amounts of vitamin C, iron, and salt — among other things — even from the very beginning.

8 Myths About Trying to Conceive 

There are several misconceptions about conception. We break it down and tell you what’s fact and what’s fiction. 
If you’re trying to get pregnant, chances are you’ve been overwhelmed with tips and advice. Books, magazines, Web sites, and well-meaning friends and relatives are full of suggestions. But how do you separate the myths from the facts? Here are some common misconceptions about conception.
1. You’ll have a better chance of conceiving if you relax and stop worrying about it. Even assuming this were possible, there’s no clinical evidence that it makes a difference. While extreme stress can affect your ability to ovulate in very rare cases, “worrying about it” — especially if that worry takes the form of monitoring ovulation and timing intercourse to coincide with your most fertile time — can only help.
2. Drinking Robitussin before you ovulate will make you more fertile. The theory is that guaifenesin, the expectorant ingredient in Robitussin, will help thin your cervical mucus in the same way it thins the mucus in your lungs, making it easier for the sperm to swim through your cervix and reach the egg. While guaifenesin may, indeed, result in thinner mucus, it’s not clear that thin mucus alone will make you more fertile. The quantity of mucus is as important as its consistency, and Robitussin will not affect this.
3. You’ll conceive more quickly if you make love during the day, with the lights on. While studies have shown that sperm levels are somewhat higher in the morning, there’s no clinical basis for keeping the lights on. (If you enjoy it, of course, that’s another matter.
4. Having sex every day increases your odds of getting pregnant. You can have sex 10 times a day and it won’t result in pregnancy unless it’s timed to coincide with ovulation. And even if you’ve timed things correctly, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) reports that a major study found no difference in pregnancy rates between couples who had sex daily and those who had sex every other day.
5. If you have sex early in your fertile period, the baby will be a boy; later, a girl. There’s an old wives’ tale that “boy sperm” (those with Y-chromosomes) swim faster than their female counterparts, but the NEJM study found no difference.
6. Bike riding will reduce your husband’s sperm count. If your partner is an Olympic-level, long-distance cyclist, it is theoretically possible (although not clinically proven) that the extra heat, jostling, and grinding on the testicular region will affect fertility.
7. Eating nonorganic bananas can make men sterile. This claim is based on a report that chemicals used in growing bananas had a negative effect on the sperm of farm workers. There is no clinical proof that men who eat the bananas could be similarly affected.
8. Cooling your husband’s “jets” with an ice pack can increase his fertility. Like many conception myths, this one has a basis in fact: Sperm counts tend to rise in cooler temperatures. For this reason, men who are trying to conceive are advised to wear loose underwear (boxers instead of briefs), and avoid long, hot baths, saunas, and hot tubs. However, since it takes at least two months for a man’s sperm count to be positively affected by cooler temperatures, using an ice pack on his genital area is hardly a practical solution.

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A Preconception Checklist 

Preconception is a big part of babymaking. Find out how to get your body ready for pregnancy. 

Your Health 

Whether you’re actively trying or just thinking about getting pregnant, you can take steps now to make the experience as healthy and joyful as possible. Print and carry this handy checklist to keep track of your efforts.

  1. Your Health 
  2. Get a complete physical.
  3. Discuss with your doctor chronic medical conditions (diabetes, Crohn’s disease, genital herpes) that may impact pregnancy.
  4. Review medications you’re taking, and ask whether they should be altered or discontinued.
  5. Ask for a blood test to determine your immunity to childhood diseases such as rubella; get vaccinated if necessary.
  6. Review job-related hazards (poor air quality, chemicals, heavy lifting) to determine whether they could pose a risk to a developing fetus.
  7. Get a prescription for prenatal vitamins; start taking them three to six months before you plan to conceive.
  8. Assess your eating habits: Keep a journal of what you eat for one week.
  9. Cut back on fats and sweets.
  10. Follow FDA daily guidelines for good nutrition: 2-3 servings of calcium-rich foods; 7 servings of fruits and vegetables; 2 servings of lean, high-protein foods like beef, fish, or white-meat poultry; and 6 servings of grains, preferably whole-grain breads, cereals, or brown rice.
  11. Drink lots of liquids; at least 8 glasses a day of water, juice, and/or milk.
  12. Cut back on caffeinated beverages.
  13. If you currently have an exercise program, check with your doctor to make sure it’s safe to continue during pregnancy. If not, make modifications as necessary.
  14. If you don’t currently exercise, ask your doctor whether it’s safe to start. Try low-impact  activities like swimming or walking.

Home Pregnancy Tests

Faster, easier, and more widely available than ever. 

If you suspect you’re pregnant, chances are you’re considering taking a home pregnancy test. And why  not? They’re readily available, easy to use, and can buy you peace of mind — not to mention quick results!

But before you head to the pharmacy to buy a home testing kit, learn the answers to some basic home pregnancy test questions from the National Women’s Health Information Center.

How soon after conception is a pregnancy test effective? 

Pregnancy tests, which are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, have come a long way since the early to mid 1900s when toads, rats, and rabbits were actually used in testing. Today, over-the-counter home pregnancy kits provide privacy and fast results. They can detect pregnancy as soon as six days after conception or one day after a missed menstrual period.

This is a major advantage in allowing women to seek the earliest prenatal care possible.

How do pregnancy tests work? 

Pregnancy tests detect the presence of a hormone produced by pregnant women after conception, called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). In the 1970s, a method called ring or tube agglutination testing used a test tube containing prepackaged red blood cells to detect hCG in urine. If a ring showed at the bottom of the tube after addition of a urine sample, the test was positive. These tests are very sensitive to movement and human error so they’re rarely used today.

The test kits you find in your drugstore today are much more sophisticated. Brands such as e.p.t. and First Response contain special antibodies that detect minute traces of hCG in urine. The antibodies are molecules coated with a substance that bonds to the pregnancy hormone if it’s present. The tests are easy to use: A urine sample is combined with the antibodies in a special container and the test is timed. A color change indicates a positive or negative result.

Products such as Clearblue Easy use a testing method called “rapid assay delivery,” which can give results in only three minutes and even inform the user if the test hasn’t been done properly. This method combines a biochemical process with antibodies that detect hCG in a pen-shaped instrument.

How accurate are home pregnancy tests? 

Although most manufacturers claim that home pregnancy tests are 99 percent accurate, inaccurate results may be more frequent due to improper usage, use of a product past its expiration date, exposure of the test to sunlight, and the presence of cancer in the user.

It’s very important to follow the package instructions exactly for results to be accurate.

Regardless of the brand used or result obtained, most manufacturers recommend repeating the process a few days later to confirm results, because levels of hCG following conception are so low. The strength of each test varies, and the test may not pick up the amount of hCG hormone present the first time you test.

You should definitely make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as you think you’re pregnant. It’s important to get prenatal care as early as possible, for your sake and for your baby’s.
I’m Pregnant, Now What? 

Everything You Need To Know About The Next Nine(9) Months

Talk about your major league ohmigod! moments. That second line (or cross or X) on your home pregnancy test indicating that it’s positive has materialized, plain as day. And whether you’ve been anticipating this moment for months or are shocked out of your socks, chances are your head is swimming with questions about what happens next now that you’re pregnant.

In early October 2001, I found out I was pregnant for the first time. And even though I write and edit copy about this subject for a living, I was still in that dazed “okay — now what?” zone right along with you. I’m already a mom (I have a daughter born in 1998 who was adopted from South Korea), but there was much more I wanted to learn and explore about carrying and giving birth to a baby.

If you’re just beginning to adjust to the notion that your body is no longer your own and (repeat after me, slowly) you’re going to have a baby(!!!!), read on. Take a deep breath. Pour yourself a tall glass of ice cold milk — you’ll need lots of calcium now — and let’s begin the journey together. 

  1. Scheduling your first Prenatal Visit
  2. What happens during the first visit
  3. Nutrition and fitness 
  4. How big will I get? 
  5. Can I still exercise? 
  6. Physical and emotional changes
  7. Pass the prozac, please! 

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