Pregnancy Sex

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If you have a normal pregnancy, nothing speaks against having sex - as long as there are no symptoms. The parents-to-be can keep their love life as they please, whatever suits both partners is allowed. The unborn child is well protected by the uterus and the amniotic fluid. In some cases, however, caution is advised, and sometimes sexual intercourse should be avoided.


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How does sexuality change during pregnancy?

Pregnancy is a time of change - often the love life is also affected. A woman's need for sex and physical closeness can change, as can that of her partner. The physical changes in your partner during pregnancy can be a sexual attraction for some men. The round belly and the larger breasts can act as erotic signals. Sometimes, however, men may feel less inclined to have sex or feel insecure during pregnancy. Usually, however, it is not the stomach that pushes itself between the intimate togetherness that is responsible, but rather worries or fears about harming the unborn child or causing complications.

The woman's sense of pleasure can decrease or increase during pregnancy or change again and again during pregnancy. The hormonal change in the first trimester of pregnancy triggers nausea, vomiting, malaise or an uncomfortable feeling of tension in the breasts in many women. This can reduce the desire for sex in the first few weeks of pregnancy. Constant tiredness does not necessarily promote pleasure either. More on the subject: complaints during pregnancy

A woman's possibly reduced feeling of pleasure often increases again in the second trimester of pregnancy when the initial symptoms slowly subside. Sometimes it is even stronger than usual. The pregnancy hormones ensure that the sexual organs are supplied with more blood. The clitoris and labia are more sensitive, which makes some women more excitable. Others find touching the genitals uncomfortable. Many women want to be touched more gently in this phase; gentle touch is often preferred. More on the topic: The female sexual organs

Towards the end of pregnancy, the pleasure curve often flattens out again. Exhaustion and tiredness increase, the stomach grows again quite a bit, and mobility is increasingly restricted. Many women are already thinking about giving birth and the first time with the baby, sexuality is taking a back seat.

Each couple experiences this particular phase in their own way. Whether the physical changes during pregnancy increase or decrease the sensation of pleasure varies from person to person.

Note Sex does not only mean sleeping together, caresses and tenderness can also lead to the satisfaction and fulfillment of sexual pleasure.

When should sex be avoided?

In principle, nothing speaks against sex during pregnancy - as long as the pregnancy is normal and there are no risk factors. The unborn child is well protected in the womb and is not harmed by the intimacies of the expectant parents. However, there are some situations in which caution is advised or sexual intercourse should be avoided. These include:

  • Vaginal infections,
  • Infections of the partner,
  • Bleeding,
  • premature labor,
  • Placenta previa (deep seat of the mother cake),
  • Complications in previous pregnancies (e.g. premature births, stillbirths),
  • Signs of a threatened premature birth (e.g. premature rupture of the bladder, weakness of the cervix) as well
  • Multiple pregnancies (controversial).

Whom can I ask?

To be on the safe side, questions or ambiguities should be clarified with the treating gynecologist. The midwife can also be the point of contact for questions about sexuality during pregnancy. You can also contact doctors at family counseling centers with a focus on pregnancy counseling.

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