Pregnancy and Sexuality
During pregnancy, the sexual attraction of a woman can both increase and decrease significantly – up to aversion to sex, rejection of a partner and indifference to him. It is noticed that the intensity and quality of sexual life largely depend on the period of pregnancy.
The first trimester is the adaptation of the female body to a new state. Often this time is overshadowed by early toxicosis, mood swings, a woman can constantly feel lethargic and sleepy, deeply experience the slightest changes in the behavior of a partner. Of course, in this state, indulging in sexual pleasures is not easy. In addition, the first trimester is a responsible and difficult time, the threat of abortion at this time is very high, so care and caution are the first priority.
However, many women, whose pregnancy starts without complications, on the contrary, feel an increase in sexual desire. In addition, there is no need to take care of contraception, which promotes greater closeness and emancipation of both partners.
During pregnancy, due to increased blood circulation, the sensitivity of the genital organs and the breast of a woman increases. It can both improve feelings during sex, and make caresses unpleasant and even painful.
The second trimester is called”golden time” – the danger of pregnancy is over, the sexual attractiveness of a woman is increasing, and her health improves. It is for this period that the achievement of full sexual harmony in pairs is often necessary, some women experience the first orgasm in life, note the unusual intensity of sensations.
The third trimester brings primarily”technical” difficulties – the uterus increases significantly in size, it is necessary to avoid pressure on the stomach. Therefore, partners have to invent new, more comfortable poses or explore alternative forms of sex, including those that do not involve deep penetration.
Changing body proportions, natural for pregnant women on a long term, some awkwardness can cause a woman to doubt her own physical attractiveness, so in the third trimester it is especially important for her to feel loved and desired. Sexual attraction may diminish as childbirth approaches, women are often afraid of harming the baby: sometimes pregnant women are even convinced that the partner`s penis may injure the baby or the uterus. However, careful and unhurried lovemaking for the fetus is not terrible – it is reliably protected by the walls of the uterus and the amniotic fluid that softens the tremors.
Can or can not?
If 15-20 years ago, experts did not approve of active sex during pregnancy, but in recent years the situation has changed – the importance of quality and full intimate communication for a pregnant woman is universally recognized.
Sexual discharge is important for a pregnant woman – the endorphins produced by orgasm increase mood, serve as a natural anesthetic, uterine contractions stimulate fetal movements, improve the blood circulation of the uterus, which means that the fetus does not lack the necessary substances. It is important that during pregnancy a woman does not feel sick, deprived of the usual joys and society of a beloved man. However, to make a decision,”when, how and how much,” is better with caution, taking into account the condition of the woman and the doctor`s instructions.
Most often, doctors forbid pregnant women to have sex in the first trimester of pregnancy and a few weeks before the birth. This is justified by the care for the child and the health of the mother: the fetus that is being formed is more vulnerable to external influences, and in the late stages of pregnancy, uterine contractions can trigger the onset of premature birth, so the restrictions should not be taken as punishment.
If pregnancy proceeds without unpleasant surprises, a woman feels well and is attracted to a partner, intimate communication is only good for her. However, there are cases when sexual intercourse is strictly forbidden, and sometimes the ban on intimate affinity is imposed for the entire period of pregnancy. Contraindications include:
– threat of abortion;
– placenta previa;
– suspicions of impaired amniotic fluid integrity;
– Sexual infections in one of the partners
– isthmico-cervical insufficiency.
Intimate intimacy can also be limited in case of multiple pregnancy, with an adverse history (habitual miscarriage, premature birth).
The mucous membrane of the vagina and cervix during pregnancy is easily traumatized, but these injuries are mostly superficial and do not pose a threat to the health of the mother and fetus. Therefore, frightening small bloody discharge during sexual intercourse or after it is not necessary, especially if the woman did not experience pain or did not feel unusual contractions of the uterus, but it is necessary to declare them to the doctor during the next appointment.
Unpleasant sensations or pain experienced by a woman during intercourse, serve as a signal for his immediate cessation. If the pain does not go away for a short while, you should consult a doctor as soon as possible.
Do not also recommend having sex on those days, when pregnancy should have started monthly – at this time the risk of miscarriage increases slightly.
Many questions are always caused by the use during pregnancy of some alternative forms of sex. Experts do not welcome mainly anal sex and cunnilingus because of the high risk of infection of the vagina with intestinal flora or yeast fungi. In addition, because of changes in blood circulation, pregnant women often suffer from hemorrhoids, and trauma to hemorrhoids is fraught with bleeding, the occurrence of various complications.