The Ins And Outs Of Sex When You're Expecting

Expectant women generally fall into two categories when it comes to pregnancy sex — they either can't get enough or they don't want anything to do with it. So, let's talk about sex!

Pregnant woman in bed with man

Does pregnancy make you hornier?

According to the March of Dimes, some women want to have sex more during pregnancy than they did pre-pregnancy. This of course can be attributed to changes in hormones. (It seems hormones are responsible for just about all your pregnancy changes, doesn't it?) If you are one of those lucky women who have a heartier sex drive during pregnancy, have at it! But run it by your doctor first to make sure you're healthy enough.

Should you have sex?

In most cases, it's perfectly okay to have intercourse while you're pregnant. However, if you are considered "high-risk," having sex during pregnancy could be unsafe. According to the March of Dimes, if you have a history of miscarriage, are at risk for a pre-term birth, are leaking amniotic fluid or have other health complications during your pregnancy, sex may be off the table until your doctor approves it — usually six weeks after baby is born.

Sex during pregnancy makes you squeamish

If you are not comfortable with sex during pregnancy, talk to your partner about it. You may be surprised to learn that having sex while you're pregnant makes him nervous, too. But if he still craves the connection you two share by getting intimate, find new and different ways to get physical — that you are both comfortable with — without actually doing the deed.

Bond outside the bedroom

Don't let a sexual drought come between you and your partner during your pregnancy. This is a completely unique time in your lives that can really serve to bond you in a deeper way than you've experienced thus far in your relationship. Open the lines of communication, cuddle and read baby books together. And don't let the pregnancy consume every moment of your pre-baby lives. Take this time to show an interest in some of your partner's hobbies or start a new one together that baby can join in on when he arrives!

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