What It Means If You Crave Sex During Pregnancy
Don’t be alarmed.
You’re pregnant, and you and your partner have decided to bring a life into this world. While you’re carrying a child, is it normal to have sex cravings and desire intimacy?
We spoke with doctors and therapist about sex during pregnancy, and guess what? It’s common to have a libido during pregnancy; in fact, some health professionals encourage intimacy and sex with your partner!
What makes women crave pregnant sex? And how do they react and feel certain ways during their pregnancy journey?
1. Your body is reacting normally.
Crystal Clancy, a licensed marriage and family therapist with a specialty in perinatal mental health, explains how craving intimacy and sex while pregnant is healthy and normal due to both mental and physical changes happening within the body. She shared some common questions when carrying a child:
How can my partner possibly think of me as attractive? It’s better to just keep my clothes on/pretend I’m asleep/say I’m tired.
Am I going to hurt my baby if we have sex?
I really want to be close to my partner, but I don’t want sex. It’s best to just avoid any touch so I don’t lead my partner on.
Hold me, but don’t touch my breasts!
2. If you’re not craving intimacy, that’s normal too.
According to Dr. Natasha Chinn, MD, FACOG, and OB/GYN, “It’s important to note that not all women will experience an increase in sex drive during pregnancy. The increased progesterone levels may cause a decrease in libido. Moreover, it often causes an increased sensitivity in the genital area, which can be painful and downright uncomfortable for some women. Also, the increased blood flow may result in vaginal varicose veins and swelling.”
So, while some women do experience an increased libido, it’s okay that you may not.