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When you are eagerly expecting an addition to your family, you may have some concerns about the changes happening to you or your partner’s body. While there are many activities that should be put on hold during pregnancy, having sex is not usually included as something to avoid. We have put together a list of the benefits of sexual intercourse while your baby is forming in your womb.
Is Sex During Pregnancy Safe?
For any healthy female without complications during her pregnancy, sex can be a safe and enjoyable experience. Sexual intercourse can provide both mental and physical benefits, including improving your emotional connection with your partner, relieving stress and anxiety, burning calories, and reducing tension. Your womb, uterine muscles, mucus plug (that forms around the cervix), and amniotic fluid protect your young one while you move. Remember to communicate throughout the process to ensure your experience is enjoyable for both you and your partner, especially as hormone fluctuations affect your mood. Sex has not been linked to premature labor or miscarriage, which is a common concern of parents.
What Are the Benefits of Having Sex While Pregnant?
1. Orgasms Can Be Intensified
Many women report having stronger orgasms during pregnancy, increasing their sexual satisfaction and reducing stress levels. During the second trimester, hormones and a boost of blood flow can significantly increase sex drive. Chemicals released in the brain after an orgasm can help ease pain and increase immunity.
2. Sex Is a Great Workout
When you are sexually active, you are continuously working out and burning calories, which can help lower blood pressure. High blood pressure can cause many different issues during pregnancy (as well as create problems for men and women at any age). After a bedroom session, you may find that you also fall asleep quicker and have a more relaxing night of sleep.
3. Improved Labor and Recovery Time
Orgasms are contractions of your pelvic muscles, which strengthens them, helping to ease labor pains and improving bladder control to avoid leaks or urination during pregnancy. Stronger pelvic muscles can also lead to a quicker recovery after giving birth.
4. Enhanced Self-Confidence
Changes in your body and fluctuating hormones can lead to feeling differently about your body. Many women begin to feel unattractive during pregnancy. Frequent sexual intercourse with your partner can help boost your self-esteem and make you feel like yourself again.
Let Your Imagination Run Wild
Oral sex and most sexual positions are completely safe and beneficial during pregnancy, so be creative and try new ways to express your sexual desires. Communication is the key to enjoyment and fulfillment. If you have any pain or discomfort during sex, please reach out to our office to discuss these concerns with Dr. Saadat and figure out a different way to release your inner passions.
Our team of fertility specialists is happy to answer any questions you may have about sex while you’re pregnant. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office by calling (310) 881-8846.