10 Tips for a Sexier Pregnancy
Does being pregnant have you feeling far from sexy? Don't let it get you down. There are easy ways that you can boost your self confidence, ramp up the romance, and spice up your libido. Try these fun tips for a sexier you and a happier relationship!
Splurge on Sleepwear
Flattery Gets You Everywhere
Compliment your spouse! Praising him twice a day, according to parenting expert Elizabeth Pantley, will help you feel closer and more intimate. Plus, chances are he’ll return the favor. “Our world is so full of negative input, and we so rarely get compliments from other people,” says Pantley. “When we do get a compliment, it not only makes us feel great about ourselves, it actually makes us feel great about the person giving the compliment.”
Change It Up
Pregnancy takes its toll on your energy levels, so try a romantic interlude during times when you’re more likely to feel alert and energetic. Sneak in a cuddle session when you both wake up, meet at home for a lunchtime rendez vous, or skip dinner and go straight to dessert.
Season your relationship with a dash of the unexpected. Meet him at the office with a romantic box lunch, play footsie with him at dinner, whisper sweet nothings in his ear while in line at the grocery store, or get him a just-because gift. Have fun, be creative, and enjoy each other’s company!
Make reservations at a restaurant you two have yet to try, treat yourself to a new outfit, or give his favorite dinner menu a new twist. Novelty is always fun (and can be a big turn-on, too!).
Throw a table cloth on a coffee table, light some candles, and have your own dinner-and-movie date. Get gussied up and meet in front of your fireplace for late-night mocktails and conversation. Or pack a meal and escape to the backyard for a romantic picnic. You don’t have to go out or spend money to conjure up some romance.
Exercising daily, even as little as 15 to 30 minutes, can help testosterone in your body and raise your libido. “You will shed stress, release endorphins, feel energized, and look better,” says Debbie Mandel, stress-management specialist and author of Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul. “So … get physical with your husband!” urges Mandel.
Connect with Each Other
It’s essential to really get to know your partner and increase your awareness of what feels right in the bedroom. “Before you give birth, it is good to be aware that your libido, your overall energy level, your interest in sex, and the amount of time that you have to devote to intimate moments with your spouse will all decline quite a bit immediately after the birth,” says Rachel Greene Baldino, author of The New Age Guide to Loving Simply.
Even though you may not feel in the mood, being physically affectionate with your spouse creates intimicy and can put you in the mood for love. Make a point to reach out and touch your spouse while your talking, hold hands while running errands, or cuddle on the couch after a long day. You can also induldge in a relaxing and romantic couples’ massage.
Time to test your romantic prowess and see if you have a hidden romance novelist inside you. Buy some special paper, spritz it with your favorite perfume, and write a handful of love notes for your spouse (both naughty and nice!). You can also make your notes from old photos, paper scraps, and found opjects. Tuck those love letters away for him to discover in his wallet, the car, in his dresser, on top of his favorite snack in the pantry; or mail one to his office.
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