Be ready for the argument, “But, honey, I can give you a back rub.” Remember, that’s being said by the same guy who got you into this condition in the first place. Fifteen minutes of distracted petting during Sports Center a couple of times during your pregnancy isn’t gonna to cut it. Explain to the poor guy that what he’d be doing would be like playing catch in the backyard. What you need is somebody playing shortstop in Yankee Stadium.

You need an hour at a time for several sessions throughout your pregnancy with a trained specialist. In many cases, the massage therapist is second in importance only to your Ob-Gyn during your pregnancy.