6 Surprising Benefits of Pregnancy

Sex is Stellar

For many women, sex improves during at least part of pregnancy. During the second trimester, there's increased blood flow to the pelvic area, notes Christiane Northrup, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Vermont. The result is greater sensitivity during sex and a greater likelihood of orgasm. In fact, some women experience orgasm for the first time in their lives during mid pregnancy — and some will even experience multiple orgasms.

Not only will the sex be better, but you'll feel sexier too; pregnancy hormones as well as androgens (male hormones produced by both male and female fetuses) kick in, heating up the libido. Take advantage of this time to connect with your partner. During the first trimester, fatigue and nausea likely took a toll on your sex life. And later, as your due date nears, you may feel too bulky and uncomfortable for sex. Don't worry that you want too much or too little sex. Every woman's experience is different. The best way to make the most of your pregnancy is to enjoy feeling good for as long as you can. If you're not up for sex, create intimacy by asking your partner to brush your hair, massage your feet, or rub your back and shoulders. However often you indulge your desires, don't fret about sex hurting the fetus. As long as your pregnancy is uncomplicated, feel free to indulge.

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