Plenty of things are enhanced by pregnancy. Your senses of taste and smell, for instance, may be more intense the usual. (This may be a blessing or a curse, depending on your experience; one friend of mine has not been able to tolerate cheesecake since her pregnancy.) But does this hyperawareness extend to the bedroom, and is it normal to have stronger orgasms during pregnancy? This is one side effect you may not mind at all; in fact, it may be your favorite aspect of pregnancy by far.

The short answer: yes. The many biological and hormonal changes associated with pregnancy work to help plenty of moms-to-be have exceptionally great orgasms. As pregnancy coach Danielle Cavallucci explained in Fit Pregnancy, because your genital and pelvic regions are filled with more blood, your entire vaginal area may become more sensitive during pregnancy. And this increased sensitivity can lead to stronger-than-average orgasms. In addition, the hormonal changes associated with pregnancy may work in your favor when it comes to the big O. According to New Health Advisor, the levels of oxytocin associated with pregnancy may also may also help make for better orgasms. In addition, women who have had all sorts of backgrounds with orgasms can experience new sensations during this time. In fact, some women may experience orgasms for the first time ever when they are pregnant, as noted by Our Bodies Ourselves, whereas others may become multi-orgasmic for the first time. Basically, it's like your body wants to give you a little treat as you prepare for your baby's arrival.


That said, the psychological side of pregnancy orgasms may also play a part in their increased enjoyment. As explained in Baby Center, many women experience super-great sex once they can take their mind away from the stresses of birth control or conception. The baby is already developing, so there's no need to worry about either of those things. It's a common sentiment that the brain is the biggest erotic organ, anyway, so having a little peace of mind about sex may help you relax and enjoy it like never before.

Additionally, the stage of your pregnancy may affect your ability to orgasm. For instance, it's common for women to experience a dip in their libido around the third trimester, and women may not be as orgasmic during this time, as explained in Healthy Women. As the site further noted, this may be due to decreased clitoral sensitivity associated with this part of the pregnancy. Basically? Your orgasmic mileage may vary as the pregnancy progresses.

And what if you aren't having superhuman orgasms, or much of a sex drive at all? That's also perfectly normal. Pregnancy affects all women and their libidos in a slightly different way, so it's also fine if you would rather pass on eroticism for the time being. (And if you'd like to find ways to feel sexy while you're pregnant, then that's cool, too).