Make pregnant sex work for you

For some couples, being pregnant really does rev up your sex drive. Here's how to make the most of great sex during your pregnancy.

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Make pregnant sex work for you

This may be news to you if you’re still in the nauseous and knackered early stages of pregnancy, but generally speaking, being pregnant really does rev up your sex drive.

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You can put it all down to hormonal surges, says sexpert Lou Paget.

‘The hormones oestrogen and testosterone have a marked effect on sexual desire,’ she explains.

And while you’re pregnant, you can produce as much oestrogen in one day as a non-pregnant woman does in three years.

So how can you make the most of your libido surge? Read on… 

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Make pregnant sex work for you

What if I’m not in the mood?

It can happen, frisky hormones or not. And that’s fine.

‘But it it is important – for you and your baby-to-be – that you strive to keep your intimacy as a couple alive. If penetrative sex is off, spend time connecting with sensual massage, caresses and kissing instead,’ says Lou.

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Make pregnant sex work for you

He’s got a new body

Let’s not forget your partner. Contrary to popular belief, he’s likely to be as thrilled with your changing body and rocketing libido as you are.

‘For many men, the physical changes of pregnancy are a real turn-on,’ says Lou.

As one new dad rather bluntly puts it, ‘You get to play with a whole new body – without being unfaithful!’ 

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Your new body

You’ve got a new body: glossy hair, saucy curves, glowing skin, big boobs.

One of the major bonuses of pregnancy is that it comes with a free voluptuousness makeover – which makes up for the constipation and heartburn.

And if you’ve never been particularly well-endowed in the chest department, it can be arousing to suddenly find yourself with fuller breasts.

Oh, and never underestimate the erotic potential of realising you no longer need to hold in your tummy if the light’s on…  

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Super-intense orgasms

‘Orgasms are powered by blood,’ says Lou, and since pregnancy boosts your blood supply, you can expect your orgasms to acquire a certain extra va-va-voom.

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‘You may find you reach orgasm more quickly or, and this is more likely, more slowly. But when you do get there, you should experience a big increase in intensity,’ says Lou.

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