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Sex and Pregnancy

Over the course of your pregnancy, your body and mind will undergo a major transformation. One way to truly experience, celebrate and embrace these wonderful changes is through intimacy. Sex should not be a problem during your pregnancy, unless:

  • You are bleeding

  • Your physician has told you to abstain from sexual intercourse

  • You have been diagnosed with placenta previa

  • You are at risk for premature birth or labor

  • You have a male partner with an active sexually transmitted disease, like herpes

  • Your water has broken

While sex is safe for most women and even encouraged during pregnancy, it is different than before and it changes as your pregnancy progresses. During your first trimester, you may find that you and your partner are more interested in sex than usual. No longer having the pressure to conceive, or not having to think about birth control can be very liberating, and some women find that their private thoughts and fantasies are often sexual in nature.

In your first trimester, fluctuations in hormone levels can enhance your interest and your excitement in sex, and some women find that orgasms linger longer during this first trimester, causing a sort of tension in your vagina and clitoris. But as your breasts change and grow, you may find stimulation either particularly enjoyable or quite painful, and any morning sickness you suffer may kill your desire.

If you suffered from morning sickness in your first trimester and are finally feeling better in your second, you may find that sex and intimacy are more interesting and enjoyable than ever as you reach your fourth month. This is especially true because your vagina is more lubricated than usual and your clitoris and vagina are more sensitive. You may even find it easier to have an orgasm, or even multiple orgasms. But your partner may struggle with a fear of hurting the baby, particularly when the baby begins to move and kick and he is able to feel the little person growing inside of you.

Actually, your baby is suspended in the amniotic sac and protected from the outside world, including the rest of you. Your uterus is completely sealed off from your vagina by a mucous plug, so your baby will not be at all bothered. Your baby shouldn't contract any infections from sexual intercourse either, so long as both you and your partner practice good sexual hygiene and have no active sexually transmitted diseases.

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