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Benefits of Sex While Pregnant

Rachel O'Reilly

By Aaryn Leineke

Depending on the stage and circumstances of your pregnancy, you may have no interest in sex whatsoever, or you may experience a heightened sex drive. If the latter, the good news is that sex during pregnancy is generally safe for women with uncomplicated pregnancies.* Always check with your doctor or midwife, but if given the green light, feel free to get busy -- and reap some awesome benefits along the way.

Benefits of sex while pregnant include:

  1. Better sex! Increased blood flow to your organs during pregnancy can spark your sex drive, and may increase your chance at having more frequent orgasms.

  2. Burn calories. You’ll burn 50 calories or more in 30 minutes of love making. It’s a great way to stay fit while pregnant.

  3. Reduce stress. Sex and the release of oxytocin has been known to be a stress-reducer, and can help with lowering blood pressure (especially beneficial for those who suffer from preeclampsia).

  4. Be happy. Sex releases endorphins, the “happy hormone,” which positively affect both you and baby.

  5. Stimulate Labor. When you are closer to your due date, keep in mind that sex can help with the induction of labor. The rise in oxytocin can stimulate your uterus to contract, and the semen from your partner can help ripen and soften your cervix. 

The bottom line is that in most cases, having sex while pregnant is not just safe but highly encouraged! One thing to keep in mind, though, is to always use natural lube, to avoid the absorption of toxins into your body. Keep an eye out for an upcoming post on natural lubes to use during pregnancy (or always) in just a few days.

*If you are having a high-risk pregnancy and your doctor tells you that sex is off-limits, try to take advantage of other, G-rated ways you and your partner can stay close (like good old-fashioned making out).