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7 reasons why having sex during pregnancy is great for your health

Here is why having sex during pregnancy is a good idea.

Written by Debjani Arora |Updated : November 10, 2014 8:49 PM IST

For most women (and some men too) sex and pregnancy don t go together. This is because right from the start there have been a lot of myths harboured among expectant couples about pregnancy-sex. However, one should know that sex during pregnancy isn t off-limits and in no way can cause any damage to the baby or the mother. In reality, sex during pregnancy has a host of benefits, here are a few of them.

It improves circulation in the body: During pregnancy blood supply in the body almost doubles to meet the requirements of both the mother and the baby. However, a sluggish circulation can hamper the process. Sex helps restore the functioning of the body with the release of certain hormones and ensures proper circulation. This means the fetus receives an adequate supply of oxygen and nutrients when in the womb that aids growth and development. Here are three exercises that boosts circulation during pregnancy.

It leads to greater satisfaction and better orgasm: Many pregnant women experience better orgasm during pregnancy than their pre-pregnancy phase. The reason behind this is pregnancy increases production of two hormones in the body estrogen and progesterone. With increased estrogen in the body there is more flow of blood in the pelvic area, which makes a woman more aroused. Increased blood supply also makes the nipples grow large and the never-endings more sensitive. With such increased sensitivity in the sensual areas, women can achieve a better orgasm and sex is usually lasting and intense. Here are six myths of pregnancy sex that you need to know about.

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It strengthens the pelvic floor muscles: Regular sex during pregnancy can help keep your pelvic floor muscles toned and strong to help you deal with the arduous phase of labour. However, this is no reason to give floor exercises and Kegels a miss. Here are five ways to start exercising during pregnancy.

It boosts your immunity: Pregnancy is the time when a woman s immunity is low. Apart from diet and lifestyle modification, sex plays an important role is boosting one's immunity. This is because sex increases level of IgA antibodies in the body that boost immunity and save one from seasonal cold and flu that is common during pregnancy.

It helps in better bonding: Sex during pregnancy leads to release of endorphins in the body that makes both the mother and the baby happier by reducing levels of stress. Apart from this, sex definitely ensures better bonding and intimacy between partners as it also increases production of oxytocin, a hormone responsible for attachment and love, which helps pregnancy progress without complications and promises a less painful labour.

It improves your sleep: Better sex, better bonding and a surge in endorphins helps an expectant mother to sleep better to fight fatigue and other nagging symptoms of pregnancy. Here are six simple ways to help you sleep better during pregnancy.

It prevents pre-eclampsia: Pre-eclampsia or a rise in the blood pressure sometime during the second trimester of pregnancy is common among many women. While diet, medication and other lifestyle changes can help counter this problem effectively, sex during pregnancy can do wonders to keep pre-eclampsia at bay. The reason being the man s sperm has a special protein called HLA-G that helps regulate body s immune system and lowers blood pressure levels in a woman during pregnancy. Here are is the ultimate sex guide for the first, second and third trimester of your pregnancy.

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