When you're pregnant, sex may be the last thing on your mind — after all, that's what got you into this mess in the first place. But along with the other changes going on in the body in the first trimester, including swollen boobs and a touch of nausea, many expecting moms have noticed an interesting side effect. Because of all the pregnancy hormones coursing through your veins, your sex drive can go through the roof.
Of course, sex during pregnancy (when you are feeling energetic and comfortable enough for it) serves more than one purpose beyond scratching your itch. The stress release and the pleasure of a nice, big O is always a win, but there are several scientific reasons to get frisky. "Continuing to have sex during pregnancy is important for not only the ongoing intimacy and bonding that it creates for both partners, but it also allows for the release of oxytocin, which is a hormone that bonds partners through physical touch," says clinical sexologist Kat Van Kirk, Ph.D.
"Research has indicated that oxytocin is also good for the baby in utero. It reduces maternal stress and can create a healthier environment for the pregnancy to develop. In addition, thanks to increased lubrication, the ability to orgasm and increased blood flow to the labia and cervix — which creates more sensitivity — sex can be even more pleasurable during pregnancy than normal," Kat says.
How you do it: Lie spooning one another, with the male behind.
Why it's awesome: "It doesn’t allow for the penis to go too deep, which can be an issue as the cervix is more sensitive during pregnancy," says Van Kirk. It also takes the pressure off of the belly and pelvis. It creates the opportunity for his hands to have access to her breasts as well."
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