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Why Do Women Get Horny During Pregnancy?

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As an expectant mother, your appetite for food isn't the only thing going into overdrive. You're likely to want to get it on, like all the time. There's a biological reason to answer the question why do women get horny during pregnancy. But I like to think that, like all things that happen between the sheets, emotional as well as physical impulses affect your sex drive. After all, you're about to have a major life change, and there may be some things you want to cross off your sexual bucket list before baby arrives. But remember, just because you're about to become a mom, you're still going to be you, and you're a sexual being.

While it's true for the first couple months postpartum, you'll need your doctor's OK before you have sex, you have the rest of your life to make your sexual fantasies come true. But that's no reason not to indulge your feelings of arousal when pregnant. I mean, your body is in a pretty remarkable state right now, and everything is bigger—boobs, belly, thighs, butt—and that's hot! So feel yourself like never before, and slay between the sheets. And if your partner wants to know why pregnant women are so horny, well, present the following explanations, in dim light with Al Green playing in the background.

1. You May Have Increased Estrogen

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According to Fit Pregnancy, your body is making more estrogen, which accounts for your increased sex drive.

3. You May Have A Rise In Relaxin

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According to Fit Pregnancy, the hormone relaxin loosens up the intrauterine ligaments, increases blood flow, and makes you more eager to show off your skills.

4. You May Experieince An Increase Of Oxytocin

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At the end of your pregnancy, your levels of oxytocin, the so-called "feel-good" hormone will be through the roof, according to Fit Pregnancy. Not only are you going to feel like nesting, you're going to crave human connection.

5. You May Experience An Engorged Vulva

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What To Expect reported that your vulva might become engorged and extra sensitive, causing you to feel more sensations when you do have sex. So, in turn, you're gonna want to do it more often.

6. You May Experience Breast Stimulation

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While your breasts are swelling with hormones and getting ready to produce milk, some very lucky women experience pleasurable sensations from breast sensitivity, according to What To Expect. Did you know you can have breast orgasms? Yup. So go for it.

7. You May Want To Experiment With New Positions

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As your body changes, you're going to want to try out new positions to accommodate your physique. As much of sex starts in the brain, thinking about these new positions will likely get you in the mood. Let your imagination run wild.

8. You May Have Intense Orgasms During The First Trimester

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When your orgasms are more intense, you're likely to be greedy about having them. Pregnancy coach and fitness trainer Danielle Cavallucci told Fit Pregnancy that because of the increased blood flow and engorged pelvic area, your orgasms are going to be powerful, like the most powerful you've ever had. That's making me horny just thinking about it.

9. Your Horniness Is Totally Common, So Own It

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A first time expectant mom posted to WebMD's pregnancy message board about how horny she was during pregnancy. "Once a day was enough, sometimes twice if it was a really good day. But it's to the point where I wanna leave work early and get some, or take a longer lunch to get some, or get some in the morning before work, after work, before bed, at 3 a.m."

So, know that your revved up sex drive is totally common, and enjoy it.