In terms of Thanksgiving rituals, there are really only so many to choose from—get to your destination in one piece, help with the prep work, eat and drink, and maybe, if you’re an all-star guest, help with the dishes.
But if you’re finding your annual Thanksgiving to-do list a little on the short side, consider having a little post-dinner alone time with your S.O. (Before you balk at the idea, hear us out—many of Thanksgiving’s most-loved staples like pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce act as aphrodisiacs.)
But if you’re planning to get it on, there are some things to avoid. “Some foods, such as highly fermentable carbohydrates [like milk products, breads, and fruits like apples and cherries] can cause an increase in gas and bloating,” Dr. Valerie Antoine Gustave, a Harvard-trained gastroenterologist practicing in New York, says.
After a big meal, your body sends more blood to your gut so you can better digest it, she explains, but there are ways to work around feeling completely nasty. Try discreetly monitoring your food intake and make sure you’re not loading up on tons of heavy menu items like mashed potatoes and pecan pie.
No matter what you eat, though, Dr. Gustave recommends waiting an hour for things to settle before hopping into bed. “Any time less than that would result in perhaps a lot of the food still being in your abdomen,” she says.
If you find you can’t wait, there’s no real danger in engaging in bedroom Olympics (or any other physical activity for that matter), Dr. Gustave adds. But a word of caution: forcing too much physical activity might leave you feeling nauseated and gross.
“Sex after thanksgiving should be no different then sex after dinner and a movie,” she adds. “It all depends on how an individual feels.”