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Understanding Sex Drive During Pregnancy

Women often experience a change in their sex drive during pregnancy. This is a completely normal and natural phenomenon. Libido or sex drive is primarily a hormone driven desire to have sex. As a woman’s hormone levels do fluctuate during pregnancy, her needs and desires also keep changing. So there is absolutely nothing wrong with getting in the mood during your pregnancy. If you want to do it, just do it!

Here is a breakdown of the sex drive over the course of a woman’s pregnancy.

First trimester

During this time, women are not prone to having a sex drive because the first trimester is associated with bloating, morning sickness, and increased urges to pee. You may also experience nausea and fatigue due to which your sex drive would diminish. Women also tend to feel tired both physically and emotionally which would make them feel out of the mood. Towards the end of your first trimester, however, when your hormones are high, you may experience an increased sex drive.

Second trimester

The second trimester would be your peak time to experience sexual urges. This is mainly because you would have increased blood flow in your vaginal and breast area which can cause arousal. Also, women feel better and more confident about their growing curves which could cause them to feel amorous. There is also the added bonus of not having to worry about using birth control or getting pregnant! So if you feel like getting it on, go right ahead.

Third trimester

This is again a time where a woman’s sex drive tends to reduce. The growing belly, back pain, and weight gain could make a woman to not want to have sex. Also, women may experience nausea during this period. As the body is now starting to prepare itself for birth, the sex drive would drop drastically.

Sex drive varies from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy which means your sex drive may differ from this. If this is the case with you, there is nothing to worry about. It is important to communicate your needs to your partner openly and regularly. Understanding each other’s needs is key. If you still have any concerns, then do talk to your gynaecologist about it.


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