You may have heard that once your pregnancy hormones kick in, you'll be craving sex like never before. But since your body is changing, you may notice some of the sensations that come with sex change too. Now that you have a baby on board you may want to know what happens to your belly when getting intimate during pregnancy. The feelings can range from subtle to strong, but things are definitely happening in your midsection when you have pregnancy sex. Not to worry, this is normal and also healthy for you and the baby, so there is no need to panic.
One of the most common things that happens to a woman's belly during or shortly after pregnancy sex has to do with orgasms. It doesn't matter how intense your orgasm is or isn't, you're most likely going to feel the effects of the O in your stomach. Due to muscle contractions, the belly tends to harden up, especially the farther along in pregnancy you are, according to Fit Pregnancy magazine. This is because, the more advanced you are in your gestation, the bigger your belly tends to be stretched, making the tight and hardening effect of a contraction more noticeable than when you're newly pregnant.
Yes, that's right. I said the "C" word: contractions. As Mayo Clinic reported, "orgasms, as well as the prostaglandins in semen, can cause uterine contractions." Most of the time, these contractions are harmless, and there is no need to worry about preterm labor or chance of miscarriage, according to Parents magazine. These are only concerns if you are at risk for either of these results, and if that is the case, then your doctor will most likely have already recommended you don't have sex while pregnant.
Although you may or may not feel the contractions from an orgasm, the other thing that happens to your belly is one you probably can't detect. As Babble pointed out, the blood flow to your uterus increases when an orgasm gets things moving, which is a nice added health benefit to getting it on.
With so many changes happening to your body when pregnant, you don't want to be caught off guard or worried when having sex because you feel something strange in your belly. Rest assured knowing that your body is responding perfectly normal, and you and the baby are just fine as well.