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10 Things Not to Give Up During Pregnancy

Here are 10 things you might think you need to give up while expecting -- but they’re perfectly safe for you to enjoy. (Of course, every pregnancy is a little different, so it’s best to talk to your doctor if something’s worrying you.)

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Sex

You spent all that time getting busy while trying to conceive. But many moms-to-be think once they’ve succeeded, their sex lives need to take a backseat until after baby arrives. Not true! Sex will not cause a miscarriage or harm the baby in any way, says Mark Bland, MD, Novant Health obstetrician and gynecologist. In fact, early miscarriages are usually related to chromosomal abnormalities. Plus, the baby is protected by amniotic fluid and the strong muscles of the uterus, so it doesn’t feel anything when you and your hubby are getting romantic. (Though baby may get a bit of an endorphin rush from the hormone boost!)

Once you pass your first trimester -- when morning sickness, sore breasts and fatigue might make sex sound, well, less than sexy -- you’ll probably find you’re in the mood a lot. Take advantage of it, says Terreece Clarke, veteran mama from Columbus, OH. “If there’s ever a time you don't give up sex, it’s when you're pregnant. Once the baby arrives, it will be a long time before you can get any nookie -- or want it for that matter,” says Clarke, a mom to three. “Women should take advantage of the heightened sensitivity that often occurs in the pubic region during pregnancy and have some of the best orgasms of their life!”

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