Sexuality and Pregnancy
You may find that during pregnancy your sexual desire has decreased. Or you may find that you have increased desire, especially in this trimester. Sexual relations and intercourse during pregnancy are perfectly safe; orgasms will not hurt the baby. The only times you should avoid intercourse are if you notice vaginal spotting or bleeding, your water has broken, if intercourse is painful, or if your health care provider has advised you to avoid intercourse or other sexual activities.
If you have decreased interest in sex, talk it over with your partner. Lack of desire does not decrease your love and desire for intimacy. Find other ways to express love for your partner. If you find that you have a desire for sex, enjoy yourself. As your uterus grows you may find certain positions are more comfortable than others. You and your partner can experiment to find out what's most comfortable and satisfying for both of you.
Most recent page update: 9/9/2010
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