Tips for Intensifying Your Love Life

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One of the wonderful things about pleasure is that it is boundless.  No matter how wonderful your sex life is, there will always be room for it to be even better!  Below are some very simple ideas that can intensify your sexual pleasure.

  • Boost your own sexual confidence.  To have the best sex life, you need to be truly comfortable with yourself, which will allow you to be free and uninhibited.  You can increase your self-confidence by purchasing a new nighty, dancing naked in front of a mirror, or experimenting with new toy; just do things that make you feel sexy.
  • Don’t ignore the importance of foreplay.  Sometimes the best part of sex can be the anticipation of it beforehand.  Start in the morning by giving your partner a hot kiss and a bit of groping before you head out the door.  Greet them with more stroking when they get home. To cap it off, light some candles and reward your mate with a long, gentle massage as a prelude to the main event.
  • Don’t be afraid to try new things.  If you feel like you sex life hasn’t had enough variety lately, investigate some new positions.  A quick internet search will yield, quite literally, hundreds of new positions you can try.  Additionally, think about trying a new location.  Something as simple as seducing your partner on the sofa rather than the bed can add some spice to your session.
  • Take care of yourself.  It’s important for you to take care of yourself so that you have the proper energy and stamina for a healthy sex life.  This starts with a balanced diet, regular exercise, and the proper amount of sleep.  If you need motivation to exercise, consider this: Research shows that people who exercise regularly experience increased blood flow through their entire bodies, including their genital area, which can mean more intense orgasms.

Things that make you feel Tired or Sluggish

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Fatigue is certainly a common symptom of pregnancy, but if you know you are not pregnant and are feeling unusually sluggish anyway, you may be uncertain what to do.  First and foremost, if you are not feeling well, it is important to contact your physician and schedule an appointment.  While discussing things with your doctor, he or she may bring up some of the following common causes of fatigue.

1)      Dehydration– The average adult human body is comprised of 50-65% water, and this liquid is vital to keeping things functioning as they should.  Moderate dehydration can actually result in a loss of three percent of your total body weight, which can make you feel lightheaded as well as impact your ability to concentrate.

2)      Cell Phones and Tablets– Technology has made it so simple for us to check our e-mail, perform a quick internet search, or watch a funny video anytime of the day or night. However, you should consider keeping your bedroom a gadget-free zone.  Using your cell phone or tablet before bed increases your brain activity, making it more difficult to fall asleep. Once you are asleep, these very same gadgets could wake you up again with their ringing and beeping.

3)      Medication– Be sure to bring a full list of the medications and herbal supplements you are taking, along with their dosages, to your appointment.  Your doctor can let you know if any of them have the side effect of decreasing your energy level.

4)      Gym Habits– Working out has the benefit of reducing the amount of cortisol, a stress-producing hormone, in your body.  However, if you perform aerobic exercise for too long, your body will actually ramp up cortisol production instead.

5)      Iron Intake– In order for oxygen to move around your body efficiently and eliminate waste from your cells, you need at least 18 milligrams of iron per day.  Without it, you can develop what is known as iron deficiency anemia, which manifests itself through fatigue.

Pregnancy Cravings

One of the most common things known about a pregnant woman are their cravings.  Not everyone has the same craving and not many people know what the cravings indicate but don’t worry.  There is plenty of help and with some guidance even a picky eater can find something she enjoys.

 

Cravings happen for a reason.  The stereotypical pickles and ice cream craving means that the woman’s body is craving calcium and the vinegar/sourness in the pickles gets the calcium from the ice cream into the body faster.  That’s why many women crave them together.  Craving chocolate?  Your body is craving magnesium and you can get that from oatmeal.  Not the instant kind but the kind that takes several minutes to cook.  Eating the oatmeal with some honey is also a great way to fend off depression during and after pregnancy.  So when faced with a craving, try to think about what it is you want.  Something sweet?  Go after the fruit.  Vary the colors because different colors of fruits have different vitamins and nutrients.

 

Minerals that pregnant woman need include calcium, iron and zinc.  Vitamins B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B6 (Pyridoxine), and C are all water-soluble, meaning they dissolve in water.  Vitamins E, D and A are all fat-soluble, meaning they are stored in the fatty tissues and liver.

 

In the United States, an excellent resource for dietary suggestions is the Healthy Food Group Choices page through the USDA.  It has many delicious suggestions and the best part is that the food can be fresh, frozen or cooked.  All forms deliver the same vitamins and minerals for that food.

 

The eating guidelines may seem very daunting.  Many people look at them and think “How in the world am I ever going to eat all that and keep a healthy weight?” First, cut out the sugars.  In modern society it’s very hard to do but the end result is so worth it.  Cutting out the sugars, also known as empty calories, cuts back on weight gain which lessens the risk of diabetes developing.  Also, many of the sugars go straight to the baby, which adds to the child’s weight gain. Not allowing your baby too become too heavy in the womb will make for an easier labor, delivery and healthier baby overall.

 

Second, do what is called “doubling up”.  For example, yogurt is a doubled up food because it provides the calcium as well as protein in one shot.  An excellent recipe for dinner is the Extra-Easy Spinach Lasagna Recipe; this delicious meal has tomato sauce, spinach, mozzarella cheese and ricotta cheese.  Looking at those ingredients alone, this meal has protein, calcium, iron, zinc and several of the B vitamins as well.  It doesn’t take that much time at all and it makes enough for some to be leftover to be used the next day.

 

If you are still finding it hard to know what the best choices to make for your health during pregnancy, speak to your doctor. Your doctor is the best resource for questions concerning health during pregnancy, like nutrition and exercise, as well as for questions concerning after delivery, like banking your baby’s cord blood and immunizations. By following your doctor’s directions and other health tips, you and your baby will both be healthy and happy after delivery.

 

 

“Katie Moore has written and submitted this article. Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people! To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter, @moorekm26.”