Sexual activity during pregnancy can change throughout the course of the pregnancy, and many women describe increased arousal and desire in the second trimester, especially when the morning sickness and fatigue that they have experienced early on in pregnancy have subsided.
The first phase of pregnancy is sometimes a period of adjustment accompanied by morning sickness, fatigue, and hormonal changes; many women describe feeling decreased sexual interest. Morning sickness and increased sensitivity to smells may also be issues. Sexual thoughts may return in the second trimester. And after the second trimester, as delivery approaches, many couples find sexual positioning challenging; sex may be uncomfortable for the pregnant woman and finding a sexual position that is comfortable may be difficult. Don’t give up—side to side and other positions can be used safely. Also, use pillows to help get comfortable.
Some couples fear that sexual intercourse can hurt the un-born baby or even cause preterm delivery, but if you have an uncomplicated pregnancy, there is no reason not to engage in sexual intimacy with your partner. Always consult your physician or obstetrician who is managing your pregnancy, and ask him or her if there are special concerns given your specific pregnancy. Some healthcare professionals advocate abstaining from receptive oral sex for the woman, especially in the last few weeks of pregnancy because cases of air embolus have been reported. But this doesn’t mean you cannot be intimate with your partner.