So you may be thinking hang on Lucia, what’s this subject got to do with Massage Therapy? Well, I’m all about health and well-being tips that are beneficial that you can do when you’re not booked in for treatment whether you are expecting your 1st or 5th baby or you feel ready to take charge of your well-being in general. Pregnancy sex has quite a few health benefits physically as well as emotionally that some people may or may not know.
No Sex, We’re British!
Pregnancy sex was a very taboo subject In the Victorian era for example, the men had hardly anything to do with the partner once pregnancy was established or their pregnancy journey never mind having sex. It was a miracle how women got pregnant at all with all the weird and wonderful and sometimes idiotic ideas they had with regards to sex. Thankfully, Science has come a long way since then.
Sex during pregnancy is good for both you and your baby. It can help you sleep better, lower your blood pressure and make you happier. You and your partner may have a lot of bedroom sessions whilst trying to conceive but now you are pregnant, maybe your views on having sex has changed and it’s not quite straightforward. You may be feeling a bit uneasy about it and asking is it really that safe? If so, how comfortable is it? Or maybe you feel so tired all you’re thinking about is going to bed early to get a good night’s rest.
Is sex during pregnancy really safe?
Yes it is but to be on the safe side, it’s best to get the go ahead from your Doctor just to make sure you don’t have any complications like a history of miscarriage or high risk for one or you found out that you have multiple pregnancies. If this is the case your doctor may tell you to avoid sex for the first few months or avoid it completely.
Can sex during pregnancy hurt the baby?
If you get the all clear from your Doctor, then it’s perfectly safe. The amniotic sac keeps your baby warm and protected while yourself and your partner get intimate. Your baby can’t get poked in the head as your baby is nowhere near where the main event takes place. Your baby had no idea what’s going on even if your baby starts kicking after you orgasm, that’s got nothing to do with your pleasure – it’s just normal foetal response to the uterine activity. In fact, your baby might be enjoying the moving up and down motions.
Benefits of Pregnancy Sex
Sex during pregnancy can have some amazing sweet perks. Here are a few benefits of Pregnancy Sex that will make your time in bed even better.
Partner Bonding Experience
As you know, pregnancy is a very emotional time for you and your partner. Being intimate with each other is a great way to stay connected during this exciting time.
Great for Physical Health
A 30 minute sex romp can burn around 50 calories and lowers your blood pressure too!
When you orgasm it releases a hormone called Oxytocin that can increase you pain intolerance, it can also relieve backaches and other pregnancy related pains.
Not only does pregnancy sex help you relax, but oxytocin will make you relax as well.
Even if you are really excited about your pregnancy, some days your hormones will make you feel anxious and upset. The release of oxytocin that comes with an orgasm isn’t just beneficial for physical pregnancy pain, but it can also increase your feelings of love and joy bringing you closer to your partner.
Helps to bring on Labour
Having an orgasm helps your uterus to contract. Unless you are nearing the end of your pregnancy and your body is ready for birth, these contractions aren’t strong enough to make you go into labour but once your little one decides he/she is ready to come into the world, a session in the sack may be able to help move things along but it doesn’t always work but don’t be disappointed if nothing happens. If you are up for sex at the 40 week mark, there’s no reason not to go for it.
Because pregnancy sex can help tone your pelvic floor, you’re preparing your body for childbirth and recovery just by having orgasms. You can also try doing your pelvic floor during sex if you want to tone those vaginal muscles in shape even more.
Sex can feel different
Sex might feel different as you are experiencing surging hormones and a rapidly changing body shape. It can feel uncomfortable, exasperating or totally awesome. Some women experience increased sensitivity due to swollen genitals that can result in more intense orgasms but for other women, those physical changes can cause them to feel less satisfied than usual. If you find yourself in the latter category, things like lubricants can help you if you feel discomfort during sex. If you do feel any pain, contact your Doctor.
Some pregnant women experience increased sex drive during pregnancy due to the high levels of oestrogen. The extra blood flow to the vulva and breasts makes them more sensitive, which can result in more intense sensations and orgasms. A decrease in your sex drive is normal in pregnancy, and if you find yourself with symptoms like fatigue, bloating and nausea, it’s totally ok not to be in the mood. Instead, you can stay connected to your partner through non sexual activities like talking, cuddling and kissing.