Pregnancy is a time when s*xuality often changes. What is changing? How to have to fulfill s*xuality? What are the contraindications for s*x during pregnancy? Continue Reading to get answers to these questions and more.
EVOLUTION OF DESIRE DURING PREGNANCY
In pregnant women, there is always erotic s*xuality, but also appears s*xuality of woman-mother (and also of partner-father) with, for each, a different emotional experience, and concerns related to pregnancy and the baby. . It is quite normal for s*xual activity and behavior to change during pregnancy. Moreover, s*xual interest can decrease or, on the contrary, increase, depending on its stage.
In any case, the fear of harming the child should no longer be a pretext for restricting relationships. Stop preconceived ideas: some think that the child is somehow a witness to s*xual intercourse, others imagine that penetration could hurt the baby … This is false. In reality, the fetus is well protected inside the amniotic sac in the uterus; a mucous plug located at the level of the cervix separates it from the vaginal cavity. Your child is absolutely safe and you can continue to have s*x until the end of the pregnancy without any problems.
On the other hand, as your belly becomes larger, some positions will become impossible to do. The opportunity to let your imagination run free!
In addition, abstinence has no reason to exist during normal pregnancy (unless contraindicated). On the contrary, pursuing s*xual activity during pregnancy strengthens the bonds of the couple, prepares a balanced reception of the child, and reduces the risk of s*xual problems in the period following childbirth.
EVOLUTION OF DESIRE DURING PREGNANCY
Libido In The First Trimester
Desire often decreases during the first trimester of pregnancy. The strain, nausea, the drowsiness does not promote s*xual interest. In addition, on the emotional level, the woman lives very strongly this new experience of the presence of the child in her. The couple is still under the influence of the announcement of the pregnancy.
In addition, the fear of miscarriage linked to s*xual intercourse can influence desire during this period, but this fear is unfounded: at this stage, miscarriages are the result of chromosomal abnormalities in the embryo.
Libido In The Second Trimester
During the second trimester, desire varies from one woman to another. If the feeling of well-being and the disappearance of the ailments of pregnancy promote libido, body modifications, weight gain, the socio-family image of the pregnant woman, especially for men the image of a woman -mother, are all factors which can on the contrary inhibit desire.
Moreover, a certain degree of vaginal dryness can be observed. Penetration may then be less pleasant, even painful, increasing the fear of harming the baby and reducing desire.
Ultimately, many women have a greater desire and s*xual activity than before pregnancy. But in others, the decline in desire seen in the first trimester continues into the second.
Libido In The Third Trimester
The third trimester is often associated with s*xual disinterest. Bodily changes are sharper. Intercourse can become uncomfortable. An orgasm can trigger uterine contractions (similar, in women, to the risk of premature birth), prompting them to avoid wanting to repeat this experience.
In the month before childbirth, s*xual activity is often reduced: to the physical reasons already mentioned are added the increased fear of inducing childbirth. In fact, in the majority of cases, intercourse can be continued without harm until the last days of pregnancy.
Of course, the frequencies of activity and s*xual intercourse change along with desire. With regard to the s*xuality of fathers, very little objective data exists. One can easily imagine the psychological difficulties linked to this new situation to which they must adapt to the presence of the child inside the woman.