Having Sex While Pregnant – Truths & Benefits
“OH.MY.GOD. YES PLEASE. PLEASE. SEEEEEEEEEEX.”You can also fall into both categories. Perhaps the first trimester was “hands off” and then the hormones balanced out and you were all about the horizontal mambo once you hit trimester number two. There is no right or wrong feeling, or category to be in – so don’t stress. That being said, if you can muster up even an inkling of wanting to have sex, I highly recommend it. The more frequently you do the deed, the more your body will crave it. (However, no means no – do not let anyone talk you into something you are not comfortable doing. Not even your partner.) It is so easy to let pregnancy be your excuse to not have sex. The body is going through so much during pregnancy. You are gaining weight, changing shape, feeling hormonal, and just different than before pregnancy. The sex drive may naturally crash, BUT I promise that sex will be different than before pregnancy – a good different. The first thing you need to let go of is thinking that you could hurt the baby. Having sex will not hurt the baby. You can potentially cause a little bit of bleeding with deep penetration (especially in the first trimester), but it’s nothing to be scared of, no harm to the pregnancy is done at all. Fortunately for everybody involved, except for in rare cases, sex is totally awesome for both you and your baby! Even while your sex drive will most definitely fluctuate throughout pregnancy, there will probably be some libido highs. At these points, GO FOR IT! Roll around in the sheets – swing from the chandelier! I promise your orgasm will be amazing. Something about those pregnancy hormones makes for over the top orgasms.
Sex SafetySex is perfectly safe throughout the entire pregnancy, up until the water breaks. Once the water breaks, nothing should be going “in,” only a baby should be coming out! The uterus is the strongest muscle in the human body. It, along with the amniotic sac, will protect your baby. And the thick mucus plug that seals the cervix helps guard against infection. However, the semen act as a natural antibiotic to prevent infection too! Research has even shown that sex and orgasms can calm and soothe a baby in utero. Note: Orgasms themselves may cause mild uterine contractions (as can nipple stimulation), yet they are both temporary and harmless. You will not trigger labor unless your baby is ready to be born.
Sex Truths and Benefits While PregnantOrgasm: According to one study, 38 percent of women admitted to higher levels of sexual desire during pregnancy than before, and 48 percent also confessed that their sexual satisfaction levels skyrocketed, which makes sense when you think about it! "During pregnancy your hormones are raging, and increased vasocongestion is bringing more blood flow below the belt, increasing genital sensitivity," explains sexologist Yvonne Fulbright, author of The Better Sex Guide to Extraordinary Lovemaking. Hold on to your bed sheets, it’ll be a rollercoaster of an orgasm! Sex is exercise: Sex assists your muscles to work strongly and effectively giving your pelvic floor a first class workout. You know those kegels you should be doing? Go ahead and practice them during sex too, your partner will barely be able to utter the words “Thank You” out loud. (A woman’s pelvic floor is like a trampoline holding all organs in your pelvis and helping with bladder control. Kegel exercises before, during and after sex strengthen the pelvic floor leading to less incontinence and possibly an easier labor. Similarly, stronger pelvic muscles ensure a faster recovery from childbirth.) Sex Lowers Blood Pressure: Regular sex during pregnancy, particularly in the second trimester, is effective in lowering systolic blood pressure - which keeps preeclampsia away! (Preeclampsia is a serious condition of pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure, protein in the urine and swelling of the hands, feet and face.)
- Progesterone: This hormone relaxes blood vessels throughout the body, decreasing blood pressure. Guess what helps produce progesterone? Yep SEX and ORGASMS!
- Since the fetus is a foreign body, the immune system of the pregnant mother goes on the defensive during pregnancy. This can sometimes be dangerous to both the mother and the baby, as it can create an immune system battle. Fortunately, a healthy diet, a body low in insulin, keeping blood pressure low, and lessening other inflammatory markers helps keep this immune response under control. Semen contain HLA-G modulates, which suppress a pregnant woman’s immune reactions to her “foreign fetus.” Amazing right? Almost as if our bodies were created to do this!
- o HLA-G is absorbed through the vagina after ejaculation. It is also absorbed through the stomach if you ingest it during foreplay! I am not kidding – even oral sex has benefits while pregnant!
- Progesterone keeps the uterine muscles relaxed and plays a role in the immune system helping the body tolerate the foreign fetus. Sex can help this process as orgasms produce progesterone!
- Estrogen: The “other female hormone” is also important for a healthy pregnancy, as it triggers the baby’s development. It helps stimulate hormone production in the baby’s adrenal gland, and it enhances the mother’s uterus enabling it to respond to oxytocin. Again, estrogen is released during an orgasm!
- Prolactinis a hormone in women produced after orgasm. This hormone helps you feel relaxed and sleepy. Most pregnant women struggle with insomnia or sleep disturbances, and prolactin being released may help you get a good night’s sleep!
No Sexual Desires?You are not alone; most women are less sexually active in pregnancy. Reports show a decrease in desire, frequency and satisfaction during the first trimester, which then decreases the wanting of sex throughout the rest of pregnancy. But I beg you to give it a go once you are feeling the slightest inkling of interest. The benefits (and pleasures!) speak for themselves! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]