Why Pregnant Women Need Sex

“Alexa, cancel all of my appointments and hold my calls.” It’s sexy time! Even though you might be initially hesitant to have sex during pregnancy, it’s known to have massive benefits, including helping you sleep better, lowering your blood pressure and providing you with an even sweeter kind of pregnancy glow (ya know what we’re sayin’?) And if you have questions about sex during pregnancy, like whether it’s safe and possible to be comfortable, the answer is a “hell yes!” Since your pregnancy hormones are already raging, why not give in to extra pleasure with your partner? There’s more good news. Not only is sex during pregnancy a “go,” orgasms are highly encouraged for many reasons! Here’s why pregnant women need sex, especially orgasms. It’s O time, baby!


Benefit #1: Bigger really is better

Women who have orgasms while pregnant report that they tend to be supersized. Your genital and pelvic regions have more blood flowing to that area which means you’re not only more sensitive, but blood and oxygen power orgasms. And if more blood flows to that area, the bigger the orgasm can be. Some women experience multiple orgasms for the first time or experience the best sex with their partners. Pregnancy hormones combined with the extra blood flow means all kinds of stimulation. Don’t be surprised if you wish you could be pregnant forever because the orgasms are so good.

Benefit #2: It’s sexy time, 24/7

Did we mention pregnancy hormones can make you crave sex, 24/7? #MOOD. According to The Journal of Sexual Medicine 40 percent of women reported wanting more sex during pregnancy than they did when they weren’t pregnant. You can thank the increase of progesterone and estrogen (even testosterone makes an appearance in the second trimester) for the extra mood. Your breasts are changing and nipples are extra sensitive and more likely to have more natural lubrication. Throw caution to the wind, mama, and get. it. on. It’s not like you need to worry about getting pregnant. Rawr.

Benefit #3: No pants, no problem

Having an orgasm can be a great stress relief. The adrenaline rush you experience during an orgasm can bring a nice release. There are also added health benefits to experiencing an orgasm during sex. Sex can help lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of a heart attack. And the calm feeling can be just what you need if you’re having a hard time sleeping during your pregnancy. Being relaxed after sex can actually help you fall asleep.

Benefit #4: Sex brings you closer, literally and figuratively

The intimacy during sex can keep the sparks alive in your relationship at a time when you may not be putting the relationship first. Sex releases the hormone oxytocin, which helps bond people and bring them closer together. Oxytocin has also been found to boost emotional attachment, sympathy, support and trust. It’s a chemical boost to your relationship. And feeling closer to your partner can stabilize your lives when everything is about to change.

If you’re really feelin’ yourself during this pregnancy, sex is going to bring on more of that feeling. Having sex during pregnancy is good for so many things, including body image, heart rate and your relationship. With all of those benefits, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get busy!

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Is sperm good for the baby during pregnancy?

Although additional research is needed to fully understand the pregnancy benefits of sperm, possible positives include reducing morning sickness, decreasing the risk of preeclampsia and inducing labor.

What happens to the sperm when a woman is already pregnant?

The acidic environment of the vaginal area typically damages sperm that either do not reach the fallopian tubes or are not able to fertilize an egg due to the usual cessation of ovulation during pregnancy.

Can sex during first trimester cause miscarriage?

Sex during the first trimester does not usually cause a miscarriage. Certain exceptions, such as the leaking of amniotic fluid, dilated or incompetent cervix, previous preterm labor or unexplained vaginal discharge or bleeding may be reasons to avoid sex during the first trimester.

Can sex cause a miscarriage?

Sex does not typically cause a miscarriage. Certain exceptions, such as the leaking of amniotic fluid, dilated or incompetent cervix, previous preterm labor or unexplained vaginal discharge or bleeding may be reasons to avoid sex in order to reduce the risk of a miscarriage.