Sexuality During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, bodily and spiritual changes occur for expectant mothers. For this reason, “fear of sex life during pregnancy” continues in our society. When evaluating sexual life during pregnancy, it will be more understandable to deal with the changes that occur during the period.

Sexual Life in the 1st Trimester (Top 3)

Pregnancy nausea, drowsiness, fatigue, tenderness in the body, especially breasts, and even disgust from the smell of the partner can be observed. In addition to social restraints and emotional fluctuations, it causes a decrease in libido in physical changes resulting, therefore, a decrease in the frequency of sexual intercourse. In addition, growth and sensitivity in the breasts may cause the pregnant woman to feel sensitive during the intercourse in the increase in the blood supply of the genital area.

Sexual Life in the 2nd trimester (3-6 months)

In this period, the expectant mother adapted better to physical changes. Complaints about the gastrointestinal system have subsided, and the mother who feels baby movements is happier. All this increases the expectant mother's interest in sexual intercourse. Because of the increase in the blood, the expectant mother may experience orgasm more intensely. You may feel more intense contractions during this orgasm. In this period when everything is normal, these contractions have no harm to the baby.

Sexual Life in the 3rd trimester (6-9 months period)

During this period, strong contractions that occur during sexual intercourse and orgasm can lead to decreased sexual desire. The mother candidate, whose anxiety started to increase due to the approach of birth, throws her sexuality into the second plan. In addition, milk coming from the breasts, increased body weight can cause pain in certain positions. However, mothers who have no risk (preterm birth risk, leading placenta, etc.) can be sexually active until birth if they wish.

CONCLUSION: If there are no risk factors, expectant mothers can be sexually active throughout their pregnancy.

Op. Sibel Malkoç, MD

Gynecology and Obstetrics Specialist

Dr. Sibel Malkoç attended many domestic and international training seminars and congresses during 25 years of specialised physician service.

Pregnancy follow-up, urinary incontinence surgery and laser treatments, genital aesthetic surgery and laser applications and vaginismus treatment are of special interest.

It serves its patients especially in surgical and laser-assisted Vagina aesthetics.

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