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Becoming a Mother

If you’re not already immune, get a measles-mumps-rubella vaccination at least three months before becoming pregnant, the chickenpox vaccine one month before. Get a flu shot if you’ll be in your second or third trimester during flu season.


>Stay hydrated Drink plenty of water before, during and after your workout.

>Listen to your body If you feel sore, achy or crampy during exercise, take a break. “Your body will tell you when it’s time to slow down,” Jew says.

Eating & Weight Gain

Pregnancy isn’t a free pass that allows you to eat whatever you want. True, you’re eating for two, but you need only about 300 extra calories a day, says Heidi Reichenberger, R.D., a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. She suggests getting those extra calories from a glass of milk for calcium, some lean protein such as white-meat chicken and an extra fruit or vegetable for fiber.

     Aim to gain 25 to 35 pounds if you are beginning your pregnancy at a healthy weight. Try to gain no more than 15 to 25 pounds if you are overweight (you have a BMI, or body-mass index, of 25 or higher); and aim to gain 28 to 40 pounds if you’re underweight (a BMI of 18 or lower).

Things that Happen in Bed

let’s talk about sex} Sex during pregnancy is generally safe, says Mary Herlihy, M.D., an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. The fetus is well protected from pokes and germs. However, your doctor may want you to abstain if you had a miscarriage in the first or second trimester of an earlier pregnancy, or if you have a history of premature delivery or ruptured membranes, are pregnant with twins or more, or have unexplained bleeding or placenta previa (a condition in which the placenta covers all or part of the cervical opening).

You can keep having sex until you go into labor unless your doctor has told you not to; however, your interest in it may vary widely over the course of your pregnancy. In the first trimester, nausea, hormonal changes, fatigue and breast tenderness can contribute to a decreased libido. Fortunately, it often rebounds with vigor in the second trimester, a time often referred to as the “honeymoon period” of pregnancy. Lovemaking may become more difficult later on as your growing belly gets in the way. Try different positions—on top, on your hands and knees, on your side—or have oral sex. When desire wanes, opt for sensual mutual massages or cuddling instead.

Getting your zzzz’s} One of the first physical changes you may notice after you become pregnant is exhaustion. That extreme fatigue generally subsides somewhat in the second trimester, when, for most women, sleep comes easily and energy increases.


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