Sex during pregnancy

Some women - as well as men - can feel a lack of sex drive at the start of pregnancy. For a woman, this can be attributed to exhaustion and maybe also sickness, but the reason is equally as often a fear that intercourse can damage the child or lead to a miscarriage (you will not have a miscarriage due to having intercourse).

Some couples experience the opposite, that their sex drive increases owing to both partners being happy about the coming child or because their sex life in this period is totally devoid of considerations about the risk of pregnancy.

Your sex life is under any circumstances one of the areas where unexpected problems can occur.

Varying sex drive

Many women actually become more easily aroused during pregnancy and enter into a new, more aware and sensitive phase that continues after the child has been born. The heightened sexuality can principally be attributed to the high concentrations of female hormones and sex hormones circulating around the body during pregnancy. These cause a range of considerable changes in a woman's breasts and sexual organs and make them more sensitive and receptive. As a general basis, a woman's sexuality during pregnancy can be divided into 3 phases: phase 1: in the first 12 weeks, there is usually a loss of sex drive because of the fear of miscarriage. Hormonal and physiological factors result in exhaustion and mood swings. Phase 2: 13 - 28 weeks, sex drive increases significantly in some. Women will find it easier to have an orgasm because there is more blood in the sexual organs. Phase 3: 29 - 40 weeks, women are less interested in sex, which is often because of physical discomfort.

The unborn child will not be damaged

During intercourse, there is no risk of either infection or damage to the child. If pregnancy goes as normal, nor is there any risk of premature birth.

The child lies well protected in the uterus, and will therefore not be damaged by the fact that there will be contractions in the uterus after an orgasm. The contractions usually fade away after 10 - 15 minutes.

Some women bleed a little early in pregnancy, but this does not mean that sex is "forbidden" for the remainder of your pregnancy. If you bleed during pregnancy, however, you ought to visit your doctor to have an examination to find see if reason can be found. Such an examination will usually lead to your knowing that you can continue having intercourse without risk.

Some pregnancies do not go totally normally and require special advice and guidelines on how to behave in the actual situation. Speak to the midwife or the doctor about this.

Back to article overview



Sign up for our nwsletter
Subscribe         Unsubscribe