Sex during pregnancy

In your first trimester of pregnancy, you might have felt too sick and exhausted to really think about sex. But with all the physical changes taking place in your body, it isn't surprising that your sexual feelings will change, too. Sexual desire often increases again during the second trimester, which is why this time in pregnancy is often referred to as the “honeymoon phase.”

Then, as your pregnancy progresses, it may require some experimentation to find positions for intercourse that are satisfying. Any pressure on your abdominal area may cause discomfort, and your breasts may also be too tender to touch.

Women often feel uncomfortable about the changes in their bodies and worry that they’re no longer sexually attractive during pregnancy. But occasionally it might be your partner who experiences less interest in sex—he may feel he’s “intruding on” the baby, or feel ill at ease with how your body has changed.

It's important to talk with your partner about your feelings—and his. If you’re uninterested in sex because you feel so tired, or because your favourite position has become uncomfortable, let him know. Otherwise, he may feel it's him you don't want.

Sexuality rarely stays at a steady level, and pregnancy can cause significant changes in sexual desire and sexual response. When both partners understand that these changes are normal, it's easier to take them in stride.