A lot of pregnant women have misgivings about having sex during pregnancy for fear of triggering premature labor, or worse, miscarriage. While these unfortunate events actually depend on many factors, sex during pregnancy, if done carefully, has many benefits for a couple’s relationship and provides a better orgasmic experience, especially for the woman.
Why? Read on and let’s find out.
Are You Afraid of Having Sex During Pregnancy?
When you have no experience of being pregnant or having sex during pregnancy, you may be afraid to do that since you never know what would happen to you and your baby.
However, for that, you need to have the right knowledge. Then, you don’t need to worry too much.
It’s normal to be worried to have sex during pregnancy, however, there are some benefits to that. Check them out below.
The Benefits of Sex During Pregnancy
You may think that having sex during pregnancy is bad for you and your baby, however, surprisingly, there’re some benefits to that!
Increases blood circulation
Physical exertion during sex increases the circulation of blood supply. This helps meet the nutritional and oxygen requirements of the mother and child.
While the fetes remain safe and are unaffected by the pressure or movement because of the protective shield called amniotic fluid; it is wise to be careful with the sex positions when pregnant.
Make sure to minimize the pressure on the woman’s belly, and try positions that are comfortable like reverse spooning (lying on your side with the man behind), or getting on top.
Because there is more estrogen and blood supply during pregnancy to accommodate the nutritional needs of the mother and growing baby, blood flow to the genitals also increases.
This raises a woman’s libido, or sex drive, and the body’s nerve endings become sensitive. The nipples and clitoris are engorged with blood, and there is more vaginal lubrication. Because the clitoris is especially hypersensitive during this period, this makes sex more gratifying with longer and intense orgasms.
Immunity during pregnancy is suppressed to allow for implantation, and the mother is vulnerable to certain infections.
Sex improves immunity because the endorphins that are released during the physical communion with your partner increases immunoglobulin A antibodies (IgA), which can protect you from colds and flu.
Strengthens the pelvic muscles for easy delivery and recovery
Sex helps in the contraction of the pelvic floor muscles and opens the cervix. The pelvic muscles that are strengthened through sex are going to make the labor process easier. The same muscles that push your baby out will benefit from regular intimacy with your partner and have an easier time to recover after childbirth.
Improves self-esteem and bond between a couple
Pregnancy sex makes women feel loved at a time when they feel the least in control of their bodies because of the changes that are happening brought about by a growing baby.
This can be quite stressful for the couple as pregnancy does not merely happen for women. It may significantly affect work, finances, family relationships, etc.
Sex reduces the negative effects of stress, which helps reinforce the bond between a couple who need to be there for each other at a very crucial time in their life.
When you have sex during pregnancy, you can’t give pressure on your belly, of course, but you can have sex. You need to know how to do it and you always can say “no” if you are not comfortable.