By Cristina Mestre Ferrer BSc, MSc (embryologist).
Last Update: 12/14/2015

Throughout pregnancy, women experience significant physical and hormone changes that may have an impact on their sex drive. Male sexual needs might also vary. However, engaging into sexual intercourse during pregnancy does not cause any risk for the baby or the pregnant woman.

The different sections of this article have been assembled into the following table of contents.

First trimester

During the first trimester, there is no reason why pregnancy should affect a couple’s sexual life. This means you can continue having sex, although using common sense of course. Besides, you can enrich this experience by sharing your feelings, thoughts, ideas, and hopes.

Experience provided by this process, from fertilization to parenthood, will help you learn new things and see your relationship from a new point of view.

Second trimester

While many men experience a loss of libido when the woman is in her second trimester of pregnancy, it might conversely increase in the case of women. Men are not oriented towards pleasure, but to reproduction through sex. Although superficially it seems as if they aim at pleasure, such activity is due to their need to survive through offspring.

Women, on the other hand, aim at stabilizing their family relationship. For this reason, they usually seek this stability factor through the man, who is expected to reaffirm it by means of intimacy.

The truth is, it is a perfect stage to develop a stable relationship and enjoy one another through the communication of new ideas, emotions, and future plans.

Third trimester

Given that this is the last stage of pregnancy, sexual intercourse will be more demanding. Thus, by adding an imaginative approach, you might find out that you need to try new coitus techniques and methods. It is important to continue communicating openly.

Make sure you are ready to embrace labor and childbirth and take care of the newborn. In case this is your second child, try to show even more love and affection to your older children, this way helping them get used to the presence of a new being.

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Authors and contributors

 Cristina Mestre Ferrer
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences, Genetics & Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV). Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the UV and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Embryologist at IVI Barcelona. More information
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