Checklist: Building a Strong Relationship After Baby

You can turn up the heat in your relationship. Get into the groove with some new moves -- and yes, flexibility counts.

___ Exercise. An increased heart rate sends blood pumping to all parts of your body, which can surely increase your mojo.

___ Find ways to connect outside the bedroom. Burn up the phone lines. Send flirty e-mails, text messages, and IMs. (Just be careful if there's an office environment involved.)

___ Kiss passionately -- before you leave each other in the morning, in the laundry room, in the car at the pediatrician's.

___ Be honest about your emotions and desires. A baby is a huge-enough life change that you may find yourself wanting different things from before he or she arrived.

___ Try a new position!

___ Practice your kegels. (They're the muscles you use to stop the flow of urine. Strengthening them can introduce new sensations during sex.)

___ Give each other a sensuous massage.

___ Be spontaneous. Naptime for baby could mean extra cuddle time for you!

Excerpted from the AmericanBaby.com Ages & Stages weekly baby newsletter, Week 28.

Originally published on AmericanBaby.com, May 2006.

All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

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