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Your love life

Sex can be challenging enough during pregnancy as you try to work around your growing belly, and those hormones running trough your body can do funny things to your libido. Valerie Davis Raskin, MD answers offers some tips on a lagging libido as well as painful sex.

A reader writes: "I'm six months pregnant. Not only do I have trouble getting aroused, but once we do have intercourse, it's usually painful. Any tips for us?"

The expert answers: "It sounds to me that you have one problem, not two separate ones. When a woman has difficulty getting sexually aroused, she has less lubrication, and pain on intercourse is often the result. This can create a vicious cycle: When you anticipate that intercourse will be painful, your lubrication decreases due to anxiety." Read more here!

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On bedrest?

If you find yourself sidelined -- put on bedrest for some part of your pregnancy -- know you're not alone. Apart from the various resources this site offers, you might want to visit Sidelines, a national network of support groups across the country for women with complicated pregnancies.

You can also pick up some tips here about how you can make bedrest a family affair, such as:Ask friends and family members to gather up all the items that you may need and to place them within easy reach. Some of the items you may wish to have within grabbing distance include a cordless phone, a telephone book, a radio, a cassette tape player or CD player, the remote control for the TV or stereo, the TV guide, a box of tissues, a cooler that's stocked with cold beverages and healthy meals and snacks, a Thermos full of decaffeinated tea or coffee or soup, books on tape and plenty of reading material.


zodiac signsPop quiz

Pop quiz answer: The signs of the Zodiac are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.


Talk talk

Do human newborns develop their preference for speech through in-utero eavesdropping, or is their penchant for speech innate? It's a bedevilling question to test, but one that's central to understanding the origins and dynamics of humans unique propensity for speech.

Genetic predisposition

Now a McGill University psychologist believes she's separated out the complicating effects of the uterine sound barrier. And the results, says Dr Athena Vouloumanos, point to a genetic predilection for listening in on speech above other similar sounds. "It's well established that neonates have a preference for speech above other sounds, but where does this come from? Is it something that's built in and there's something about the speech signal that they're tuned to listen to without the benefit of experience, or does it come from their prenatal experience in the womb? I think we've shown that there's an experience-independent component to newborns' preference for speech," says Dr Vouloumanos, an Assistant Professor in McGill's Department of Psychology in Montreal, Canada.

Click here to read more about his fascinating study.

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