4 Reasons Why Pregnant Women Need To Have Sex Almost Every Day

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Everything about pregnancy and the joy that it brings to a couple’s life, more specifically a woman’s life, has already been said before. And in great lengths too. But what is not often spoken about is the pain that it brings with it. Pregnancy is far from a joy-ride. In fact, it can be quite an uncomfortable experience.

You have to grapple with morning sickness, constipation, fatigue, occasional aches and pains, and what not on a daily basis (1). At such a time, sex might be the last thing on your mind. And even when your partner is in the mood, you may refuse thinking sex will probably just add to your discomfort.

Well, here’s the shocker – it won’t!

Having sex when you’re pregnant almost every other day is actually pretty good for you! Too hard to believe? It won’t be once you read through the following four reasons why you should have sex almost daily when you’re pregnant.

1. Keeps Your Blood Pressure In Check

High blood pressure or preeclampsia might not be very common per se, but it still affects 8-10% of pregnant women in the country (2). This condition can lead to severe complications during pregnancy and can even be life-threatening for you and your baby. In order to prevent it though, you need to keep your blood pressure levels in check.

Having sex can help you lower your blood pressure, and may even prevent preeclampsia (3). When you have sex, you release a hormone known as oxytocin. This hormone helps in lowering stress levels, thereby reducing blood pressure to a great extent. In fact, having sex during pregnancy can even keep you much calmer.

2. Ensures Sweet Sleep

2. Ensures Sweet Sleep
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When you’re pregnant, sleeping is a Herculean task as the baby tends to kick the best when you’re in a resting position (4). Moreover, you may experience the urge to urinate often at night. All of this can make it very difficult to catch some much-needed shut-eye. However, sex can fix that!

When you have sex, the level of endorphins in your body rise dramatically, which can help fight the exhaustion, and lead to relaxation. Besides, the swaying motion of sex can lull your baby into falling asleep too, which will lead to a reduction in night-time kicking.

3. Brings You And Your Partner Closer

3. Brings You And Your Partner Closer
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During pregnancy, chances of rifts being created between you and your partner are high, as you may want to put off sex while he may want to have it. Also, many men believe that women generally act abrasively in bed when pregnant, which may make them avoid sex. In any case, it’s a well-known fact that lack of sex for a prolonged period can reduce the intimacy between you and your partner. This makes it another reason why you should have sex at this time.

As we have already discussed, when you have sex, you release the hormone oxytocin. This hormone is also known as the ‘bonding hormone’, and is responsible for increasing emotional attachment between partners (5). Besides boosting attachment, it can also make you more trusting, sympathetic, and supportive towards your partner. So indulge in sex every day so that you and your partner can strengthen your relationship and let the love between you grow by leaps and bounds.

4. Eases Pain

4. Eases Pain
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Pregnancy is not without pain. You may experience abdominal aches for a wide variety of reasons, ranging from bloating and constipation to cramping. Although medications can help provide relief, why resort to them when you can opt for a natural cure?

Having sex during pregnancy can provide pain relief (6). When you have sex during pregnancy, certain hormones will be produced in your body, namely prolactin, progesterone, and estrogen. These hormones will increase the flow of blood to your pelvis, thereby providing relief from abdominal and even vaginal cramps. Besides that, these hormones will increase vaginal lubrication and sensitivity, making sex a more enjoyable experience.

Bonus Benefits Of Sex During Pregnancy

The above four reasons are not the only reasons to have sex during pregnancy. There are other benefits too! Sex during pregnancy can not only intensify sexual desire due to the increased blood flow, but can even lead to better orgasms. It can also help you burn calories and help you stay fit when you’re pregnant. Apart from that, it can boost your immune system and even your happiness levels (7).

Bottom line? Sex during pregnancy is not just good but great! However, if you have any qualms about sex when you have a baby bump to take care of, or if you are unsure of what would be the right position, be sure to consult with your doctor. Staying safe is always wiser.

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