Pregnancy has likely affected your libido in major ways. If you’re dealing with the morning sickness of early pregnancy or the discomfort that often comes when you’re near the end of your term, then chances are you don’t want a ton of sex. But many women in the middle portion of their pregnancy can experience some pretty great sex. The benefits of having sex while pregnant (if you’re in the mood) can be tremendous.
Some benefits are physiological, and others help you and your SO maintain a strong bond during this phase of your relationship. Certain components of sperm may even help you ward off a particularly painful condition that affects many pregnant women. Not to mention, it’s just a good way to relieve stress and promote a good night’s sleep.
So as you adapt to all of your body’s many changes during pregnancy, just follow your libido wherever it decides to go. If you’d much rather chill with Netflix and a foot rub, that’s perfectly fine. And if you’re ready and raring to go, well, don’t even try to hold yourself back. Enjoying your body during this time of major transition is good for your self-esteem, your relationship, and possibly even your health.
1. It Improves Circulation
What better way to get your blood flowing? As noted on The Health Site, sex helps release hormones that ensure proper circulation, which means your baby will receive adequate oxygen and nutrients. Both you and the baby benefit.
2. It Helps Induce Labor
If you are past your due date, then the doctor might recommend a roll in the hay to kick-start your contractions. There's a science-backed reason for this, too. "Sperm is rich in hormones called prostaglandins, which can actually stimulate the uterus to contract," Mary Jane Minkin, clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at Yale Medical School, told Health. Well, if it's what the doctor ordered, why not?
3. It Reduces Risk Of Pre-Eclampsia
Pregnancy sex can be really good for your health. Sperm may contain a hormone that reduces the risk of pre-eclampsia, a condition that can cause increased blood pressure or even seizures, according to Science Nordic. Getting it on may help you avoid this dangerous condition.
4. It Encourages Experimentation
You may need to alter your usual bedroom activities, but this can be a good thing. The National Health Services recommends couples use this time to experiment and find new positions. Who knew having one on the way could be so good for your bedroom activities?
5. It Negates Need For Contraception
This may seem obvious, but how much time and mental energy have you spent either trying to prevent or encourage pregnancy? As Kidspot said, pregnancy is one instance in which fertile women don't have to worry about contraception. Provided you and your SO are fluid bonded, this is a good reason to give your brain a break from worry. After all, you can't get more pregnant.
6. It Increases Desire
If you're in the throes of first-trimester morning sickness, just hang in there. "Although many women may feel less interested in sex, a woman's desire for sex during pregnancy may actually increase during the second trimester," doctor Chris Iliades told Everyday Health. Just consider it an extra blessing.
7. It Improves Orgasm
This may be the biggest benefit of all. "I've heard so many women say they wish they could have pregnancy orgasms again because they were off the charts," sex educator Lou Paget told Parents. Enjoy it while you can.