Sex during pregnancy - 10 facts you should know

Here are some facts you should know about sex during pregnancy.

Having sex during pregnancy and beyond is one of those things that is trickier to prepare for. Let s face it, things change. Body parts go wonky; emotions go haywire -- and that s all before sleep deprivation kicks in. Here are some facts you should know about having sex during this tricky period called pregnancy. And yes, also immediately after!

Abstinence is advised during the first trimester

It is advised that a couple abstains from sex during the first trimester. This is because during the first trimester, the placenta implants and all foetal organs are developed. Too much jerking can pose a risk to the pregnancy, and even lead to miscarriage.

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A woman's sex drive surges during the second trimester

During the second trimester, many women experience a surge of hormones (including testosterone), which can significantly boost their sex drive.

At the same time, it s not uncommon for a woman s partner to report being particularly turned on by her body -- namely, her growing breasts. Here is your ultimate sex guide for the first, second and third trimester.

Women's breasts might leak during sex

It typically begins in the second trimester. It can be difficult for a woman s partner to adjust to the idea that her breasts are not simply there for sexual pleasure. Here are six changes that happen to your breasts during pregnancy.

All sex positions are not comfortable

As pregnancy progresses and women s bodies change, many once beloved sexual positions are no longer comfortable or even feasible. Make sure too weight is not exerted on the abdomen.

Sex doesn't cause harm to the baby

The baby is protected inside the mother. It remains in the amniotic fluid covered by membranes, protecting it from damage during sex. However, uncomfortable sex positions and too much weight on the abdomen can make things painful for the mother. Here are top six sex myths during pregnancy busted.

Abstinence is advised during the last four weeks

Like first trimester, sex should be avoided in the last four weeks of pregnancy too. This is because there is a risk of infection with unprotected sex. Additionally, it could also lead to premature labour.

It's important to stay emotionally connected

Even when you cannot have sex, indulging in foreplay and kissing will ensure that you stay emotionally connected. This is important to welcome the newborn in your family. Here are seven reasons why having sex during pregnancy is good for you.

After pregnancy, women may not enjoy sexual intercourse straightaway

A 2012 study that looked at mothers desire postpartum found that women tended to perform oral sex on their partners or masturbate before they were ready to have intercourse or receive oral sex themselves.

Indeed, roughly 40 percent of women reported they masturbated within the first few weeks of having a baby.

By the end of the first three months, 85 percent said they d started having intercourse again, but many women don t totally enjoy it right away.

Women may experience vaginal dryness after delivery due to lack of estrogen

The number one thing women don t expect is vaginal dryness, which may cause pain during sexual activity. The dryness results from a lack of estrogen, particularly among women who breastfeed.

A good lubricant can help, but if the dryness persists, talk to your doctor. (Read: Sex during pregnancy: Should we, shouldn t we?)

Women may suffer from urinary incontinence after childbirth

Another change for which women are woefully unprepared is the incontinence that can occur after childbirth. For many women, urine leakage (during sex or otherwise) does indeed go away on its own, usually within a matter of weeks or months. For others, pelvic floor physical therapy may be necessary or they might benefit from using an at-home kegel exerciser device.

With inputs from ANI

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