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Sex and pregnancy

It's one of those questions you never quite get around to asking your caregiver. Not that she doesn't give you plenty of opportunity: Usually after the physical exam is done and you're trying to pretend that it's normal to be wearing only socks on the bottom half of your body, your Ob/Gyn or midwife asks if you have any other questions. And somehow, it just doesn't seem like the right moment to blurt out, "Am I ever going to enjoy sex again?"

Fear not. We're going to save you from the agony and embarrassment of that question. Right here, we are going to tell you: Yes, you could be enjoying sex as early as this evening (or, hey, 10 minutes after you finish this article, depending on how far away your partner is at this moment).

Click here to read the article and gear up for some lovin'!


In the know

Your uterus, about the size of a large cantaloupe, is filling your pelvis and growing into the abdomen, while your intestines are being pushed out of the way. Which brings us to the sad fact that you might need this information right about now...


Sleep well

Many pregnant women wonder why they are subjected to restless nights, especially in the last trimester. The reason is simple -- to prepare them for the many sleepless nights they will get after baby is born!

Happy woman in bed

Even though you may be suffering from aching legs, back pain and other discomforts, there are certain things you can do to fall asleep faster and to sleep better. For example, make sure you have plenty of pillows in the bed, or try a maternity pillow. The best position for sleeping is on your left side with legs bent at the knee and hip. Support the stomach and lower back with pillows, and try two pillows between the thighs and calves. This positioning will alleviate pressure off the back and provide optimal blood circulation to mother and baby.

You should not worry if you awaken to find yourself on your back -- we change sleeping positions many times at night. Simply reposition yourself and go back to sleep. (You can switch between the right and left side-sleeping positions, though the left side offers the best blood flow.)

Click here more more tips on getting a good night's sleep.


Not-so-morning-y

Morning sickness generally occurs during the first trimester, but some pregnant mamas are "lucky" enough to experience it for most of her 40 weeks. Are you one of the lucky ones? If so, what can be done about it?

Often referred to as "morning sickness," pregnancy nausea is a common affliction: morning, noon or night. "Expectant mothers and their families are bracing for big changes," says author Christine Zuchora-Walske. "Unfortunately, nausea can add to stress and detract from enjoyment during this exhilarating time."

Fortunately, she provides some tools for combating pregnancy nausea. Read on for her  tips!