There is probably no other topic that is considered as taboo as sex during pregnancy. In fact, most people tend to think that sex is not allowed during this time and can actually cause harm to the baby.
But this is totally false; there is absolutely no harm in enjoying sex with your partner during this time. In the early stages of pregnancy, making love may not seem to be too difficult but as the months progress and the bump becomes quite evident, moving around will tend to be difficult. It is not necessary to have a sexual intercourse every time you want to express your sexuality. There are tons of other ways by which you can please your partner and enjoy this special episode of your life.
Many women find sex during this time more enjoyable than before due to the increased vaginal lubrication and genital area engorgement. Multi-orgasms become quite common and couples find new ways to express their sexual preferences. The best thing about making love during this period is that you are doing it only for pleasure and not with the thought of pro-creation in your head.
There are also many reasons why couples tend to avoid sex during pregnancy. A main one is the fear of hurting the mother or the baby in the process but others include religious beliefs, fatigue, nausea and awkwardness. Many women tend to be shy about their physical appearance and hence shy away from any kind of physical relationship. Though these are all valid reasons, talking with your partner and your doctor can help you overcome some of the inhibitions and find out what is best for you.
Physical change is a very important reason why most women find it embarrassing to indulge in sex during this time. But it need not be so; learn to love this new body which is full of another life. In fact many men find pregnant women to be sexy and desirable; talking with your partner regarding your inhibitions and worries will let you relax as well as bridge the physical distance between both of you.
It is important to talk with your partner even if you are not interesting in making love. It is difficult for men to understand what a woman goes through during this time. Tell him what and how you feel and also find ways of expressing your sexuality like cuddling, fondling, massages, romantic dinners or anything else that is agreeable to both of you.
Hormonal fluctuations also play an important role during this time. Most women tend to be tired and nauseous during the first trimester; the second trimester is often delightful and happy and the third trimester can be one filled with apprehension regarding the birth of the child. Sex during pregnancy does not have to be shunned unlike popular belief; find ways of expressing your desires and also for making love. This period is meant to bring a couple closer in more ways than one to welcome the new addition to the family.