Sex During Pregnancy

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Are you finding it hard to keep your hands off your partner since finding out you’re pregnant? Or maybe you’ve gone the opposite direction and want nothing to do with him. Well, you can blame your all over the place hormones for that. During your entire pregnancy, your estrogen and progesterone levels are changing to support your growing baby and can also lead to your sex drive increasing. On the flip side, nausea, fatigue, stress and your growing belly can make you feel less sexy and your libido may drop. Both are completely normal, and each person is different.

If you find your sex drive has increased, there are some additional health benefits for the mom-to-be. This potentially includes a shorter postpartum recovery (as orgasms help strengthen the pelvic floor), and even a more restful sleep. If you are having sex later in your pregnancy, it can also ensure you carry to term.

Is sex safe during pregnancy? Studies have shown there is no collection between sex/orgasms and miscarriages. The only thing that might be a bit alarming is there might be a bit of spotting after sex, as your cervix can be sensitive. This is nothing to worry about and is common, but if you are worried, contact your health practitioner and talk with them.

Whichever position you are comfortable in prior to getting pregnant may have to change a bit in order to accommodate your growing belly. Missionary is still okay, as long as it is a quick session (during second and third trimesters) as you are not supposed to spend a lot of time of your back. On your side spooning may be comfortable, or even hands and knees with your stomach raised off the bed so there is no pressure on it. Another position that will be easiest is woman on top. There is no risk of pressure on her back or stomach, and she can control the pressure and depth so it feels good. You and your partner will find ways that are comfortable and feel good together.

After your baby is here, you will be on pelvic rest for at least six weeks as you wait to be healed. Plus, after the baby is here, you both are going to be so tired you probably won’t even want to be intimate. Use this time with your partner to remind them how much you love them before your whole world is changed.