Is Valentine’s Day sex an option during pregnancy?

The short answer is, yes! During a "normal," low-risk pregnancy it is safe to have sex all the way up until labor. Many women experience fluctuating levels of desire, but if you and your partner are both in the mood for making love this Valentine's Day, having a baby on the way doesn't have to put an end to the fun. What is a "normal" pregnancy? Normal can be a very relative term, but in this case, women who have low to no apparent risk for miscarriage or pre-term …

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How to let your husband know what you really want this Valentine’s Day

When you're in your second trimester and are barely able to fit your swelling feet into your favorite pair of shoes, going to a fancy restaurant for Valentine's Day may be the last thing you want to do. If you're worried that your husband might not know about how you envision celebrating the holiday of love, don't force him to figure out what you want on his own! Telling him exactly what you want to do is a fail-safe way to end up with the evening you've been dreaming of, …

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Top 3 Valentine’s Day date night ideas to keep the romance alive during a pregnancy

With a bun in the oven that will arrive in a few months, opportunities to spend time alone with your partner may soon be few and far between. Take advantage of this Valentine's Day and plan a romantic evening that will give the two of you the chance to strengthen your bond and enjoy some quality time together. Dinner and a movie. This classic date night activity almost never disappoints. Instead of squeezing into the tight rows of the local movie theater, you may want to rent the latest …

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Is it possible to maintain good oral health while expecting?

Now that you're pregnant, you may be wondering if routine dental procedures such as X-rays and a cleaning are safe. You can set your anxieties aside because you should continue to visit your dentist every six months for a regular exam - maintaining your oral health is good for both you and your baby! Some experts believe that a trip to the dentist is most ideal between the 14th and the 20th week of pregnancy - after you reach the third trimester, it may be uncomfortable to lean back in the …

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No amount of alcohol during pregnancy is safe, study says

After alcohol was discovered to have an adverse impact on fetuses in the 1970s, expectant mothers across the U.S. withheld from drinking until they delivered. However, in recent years, some studies have emerged claiming that consuming alcohol in moderation won't hurt an unborn child - in fact, a few researchers went so far as to say that it could even be helpful. However, a recent study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research urges that pregnant moms …

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Which celebrity mom went down a waterslide while expecting?

Would you go watersliding when your due date was just a few months away? Elsa Pataky recently stirred up a flurry of commentary as photos of her doing just that during her vacation in St. Barts circulated online. You might not see much wrong with an innocent trip down this inflatable water toy, but her mother and husband, Chris Helmsworth, have had to pull the reins on some of her more precarious ideas. In an interview with Hello! Magazine, the Spanish beauty shares, "I'm pregnant and …

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Which former Disney star is recording an album while pregnant?

After launching into stardom as the teen star of the Disney hit show Lizzie McGuire, Hilary Duff has grown up, settled down, married and is now expecting her first child. Duff and her husband, hockey star Mike Comrie, will welcome home a newborn sometime in March, US Magazine reports. In the meantime, 24-year-old Duff has been in the music studio with producer Matt Squire, who tweeted after a day of recording, "Such an amazing session with @HilaryDuff yesterday!! Xcited!!!!!" In an …

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Can pregnancy affect your memory?

The large number of expectant moms who regularly forget things like where they parked their car or what they ate for breakfast has led to a host of terms (such as pregnancy brain and momnesia) categorizing the forgetfulness experienced during gestation. Have you had a hard time remembering lately? Here is the science behind this phenomenon and what you can do to stop it from affecting your day-to-day life. The science behind pregnancy brain In 2010, the Australian National University in …

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The top foods to avoid during pregnancy

If you're an expectant mom, you likely know two of the main things to avoid while pregnant - cigarettes and alcohol. However, in addition to these substances, there are numerous other foods to avoid that could pose a risk to your baby, as well as foods that you should eat sparingly. Mercury This potentially toxic compound can be found in certain varieties of seafood, including swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish, and can cause developmental damage in a growing fetus. Canned tuna generally …

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Is it a boy or a girl? Some old wives’ tales that may predict the outcome – Part II

Even if you decide to let the ultrasound technician tell you the gender of your baby, you may have to endure up to five months of suspense as you wait for the image to reveal the sex. Thankfully, you and your partner can use secret methods of determining whether you'll have a son or daughter. Most of these tests are generally considered to be old wives' tales and have no strong scientific evidence behind them. However, folklore has to originate somewhere, and you just may make an …

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