Posted: May 09, 2012 1:00 AM
For many, pregnancy can zap your libido -- especially during the first trimester. Let's face it, swollen breasts, exhaustion and nausea aren't exactly the ingredients for a lively sex life. So how do you handle it? And how do you help your husband handle it? Read on for ways to help you survive your low sex drive time.

Talk it out

Communicating with your spouse during this time is key. If you're not feeling "the love," have a heart-to-heart and let him know that it's not him, it's you -- and your baby. Help him understand that your body is feeling a lot like a foreign country to you right now and you need time to get your bearings.

Try to feel better

If fatigue and nausea (two of the most common first trimester pregnancy symptoms) are the main reasons for not wanting to do the deed, there are some options for helping yourself feel better. First up? Sleep. Think about how important it was to get rest before you became pregnant. And now, you're sleeping for two. Hopefully after a night (or more) of rest, you'll get that lovin' feeling back.

Next up? Tackle that morning sickness. You've probably already figured out that morning sickness doesn't just hit you in the morning. For many moms-to-be, it can strike at all times of the day. Here are a few tips for combating the icks.

  • Avoid your triggers (anything from certain smells to certain foods).
  • Try popping a Preggie Pop in your mouth to remedy the queasiness. The go-to nausea cure for many preggo mamas, they come in a variety of flavors, from raspberry to ginger.
  • Don't just eat saltines -- unless that's all that sounds good. Everyone's pregnancy cravings are different. And if you have one, indulge it!
  • Stay hydrated. Water, Gatorade and G2 are all great options.

Put yourself in the mood

So now that you're hopefully feeling a little better, it's time to get yourself in the mood for sex. And we have no doubt your husband will be ready to help with that. Whether it's sexy talk, reading an erotic book or foreplay, figure out what's going to get your body ready to get back in the game.

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