Enjoy sex during pregnancy

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Tips for enjoying sex during pregnancy 


Pregnancy can be filled with excitement, but if you’re addinguncomfortable sex tothelessjoyfulmomentsthen read on. We look atthe possible causes, and what you can doto help ease any discomfort.

The excitement that pregnancy often brings, canbe accompanied by asack-loadof not-so-cool stuff, like morning sickness, tiredness…and uncomfortable sex.Whether you’re in your first, second or third trimester,discomfort duringsex isn’t something you shoulddismiss, ormust put up with.

Here’sthe lowdownof somepossible causes,and what you can do to help ease any discomfort.

Embrace the experience and do what makes you feel comfortable

Is uncomfortable sex normal during pregnancy?

Every woman’sexperienceof pregnancy is uniqueand so arepeople’sperceptions ofdiscomfort, soit’s hard to answer with astraightyes or no. Sex can be uncomfortable throughout pregnancy. Mostly because of totally normal changes happening in your body.

Feeling less comfortable during sexin pregnancycan be completely normal, andthe reasons whyare endless: after all, you’re making a newlife,soyour body’s resources are workingovertime.

Sex can take energyon the best of days,andduring pregnancyeverything from tiredness to back pain can take the pleasure out of what should be a fun experience.

Should I worry about uncomfortable sex when I’m expecting?

It’stotallyunderstandabletoworryaboutanypainduring sex, however mild. Especially ifbeforeyougot pregnantyoudidn’tnotice anydiscomfort. Of course, if you’re at allunsure about the source of pain or if you are avoiding sex due to pain, your first port of call should be your doctor, as they will be able to explore if there is a potential medical problem.

Why mightsex be uncomfortable during pregnancy?

No-one needs to remind you of what’shappeninginyour body right now: you’re no doubt seeing and feelingthe changes!One reason fordiscomfortisthegrowthof your belly.

Your bumpmight restrict movement and make it harder for you to get into your favourite positions. Pregnancymightbe the perfect time to get creativeand trydifferent things– such as positions that are side-by-sidetheyare less likely toputunduepressure on your stomach.

Your boobs and nipples might also be a bit tender during pregnancy, which can sometimes make things a little uncomfortable. Tell your partner(s) openly about being gentle with them and maybe even switch focus to another one of your erogenous zones, such as the neck.

Is late pregnancy the most common time for uncomfortable sex?

You might experience uncomfortable sex at any point of your journey – after all, your bodyis workingmiraclesfromday one to createanewhuman.You may find that sex in the first trimester is uncomfortable because of early pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, tiredness, tender breasts, or indigestion that you may be experiencing.  Understandably, thismightmeanthat any hanky-pankyis off the menu until you feel better.

If you’ve had a normal pregnancy without any complications, when you have sex or an orgasm towards the end of your pregnancy, you may feel mild contractions (where the muscles of your womb go hard). Don’t worry. This is completely normal. If this happens, try some relaxation techniques, or lie down and rest until the contractions pass. Getting to know what feels good (and what doesn’t) at different points in your pregnancy is key to having better sex.

Does pregnancy make you horny?

Youmight feel a change in your sex drive, butthis mightnot be the casefor every woman. Ifyour mind’s telling you yes,butyour body’ssaying the opposite,it’s wise to explore the best ways to increasecomfort.Fromeasinggeneral aches and pains toincreasing vaginalmoisture,there areplentyoftrickstohelp ensure you feel as good as you deserve to.Ifsex isoccasionallypainful because of vaginal dryness then we have one wordfor you: lube.

Is lube safe to use during early pregnancy?

It’s always a good idea to check with your midwife or doctor first. If they tell you lubes are safe to use, you could try our range ofDurex Naturals Lube, which are made of 100% natural ingredients, and won’t mess with your body’s pH. It’ll giveyour vagina all the moisture it needs to help ease vaginal dryness. You can use it with sex toys or invite your partner to apply it down there if your bump is making certain areas hard to reach!

What other ways can sex be more comfortableduring pregnancy?

Supporting your body with pillows in all the right places can be a quick, simple way ofgetting comfier.Sex encompasses so many different things, so if you’re finding it hard toget your kicksin the same ways you did before getting pregnant, don’t fret.Experimenting with sex toys, masturbation, sensual massage, and anything else that has the power totriggera good sensationcan be great ways to feel more relaxed. And very often, you might find that someof these new thingsbecome old favourites that you’llenjoydoing whether pregnant or not.

Patience, a gentle touch, and adeeperunderstanding of what you like are all gained from you being open and honestabout what you want, and how you want it.   


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