Generally speaking, sex is fun. It's a time to connect with another human being, lose yourself, and feel a release I'd wager we all need to feel on the regular. Sex was all those things to my partner and I — until I became pregnant. Then it changed, just like my body, and we found ourselves experiencing something different. Not bad, per say, but definitely different. I mean, there were some awfully embarrassing things that happened to my body when I had pregnancy sex that I wish I could forget. Like, forever. I wish I could forget the following forever.
Now, not a single person on the planet should expect sex to be this easy, smooth-sailing thing when one or more partners is pregnant. I know I was well aware that my changing body meant things between the sheets were going to have to be altered, and I know my partner was aware, too. But I still had high expectations and still, regardless of how my body was adapting to pregnancy, wanted my partner to see me in a certain way. Which is, arguably, what made pregnancy sex so difficult. I felt like a stranger in my own body, uncomfortable, and the opposite of sexy. And though my partner did his best to make me feel otherwise, I couldn't get past my loss of bodily autonomy.
So just like pregnancy and parenthood and every other situation we experience as flawed human beings, pregnancy sex was perfect. It didn't live up to the images I had in my head; it didn't make me feel like some fertile goddess; it didn't always leave me feeling connected to my partner. It did, however, provide me with more than a few uncomfortable laughs. So with that in mind, here are some of the embarrassing things that happened to my body when I was pregnant and getting my freak on. Do me a favor and let me know I'm not alone, OK?