Getting Familiar with Facts about Orgasm during Pregnancy

Orgasm During Pregnancy – Things You Should Know

Many women express concerns about orgasming when pregnant. They worry about the potential harm sex or orgasm could cause to their baby during pregnancy, leading some to avoid sex while pregnant. Similarly, men may fear that engaging in sex might pose risks to the baby or their partner. Fortunately, the reassuring reality is that sex and orgasms generally do not harm the baby. On the contrary, having sex during pregnancy can have positive effects, such as reducing stress levels and contributing to the emotional well-being of a woman. To gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics of having an orgasm during pregnancy, consider reading this informative article.

Is It Safe to Have an Orgasm in Early Pregnancy?

A mom-to-be may have heightened levels of sexual feelings and orgasms in their pregnancy. Can you orgasm while pregnant? It is perfectly normal and safe to have an orgasm during pregnancy. In the case of a healthy pregnancy, orgasm doesn’t increase the risk of preterm labour or miscarriage. However, if it is the case of an unhealthy pregnancy, there might be a risk of premature labour and sex can prove unsafe.

Earlier it was believed that orgasm could harm a baby and even result in a premature delivery as the uterus contracts during orgasm. When a woman has an orgasm, the hormone oxytocin is released, which could cause contractions or labour, hence having sex during pregnancy was avoided. However, there is no study to prove that having an orgasm during pregnancy can harm the baby.

Some Facts About Pregnancy Orgasm

Mentioned below are some facts that will help you understand better about sex and orgasm during pregnancy:

  1. Orgasm can Be a Stress Buster: Orgasm causes an adrenaline rush. Having sex during pregnancy and achieving orgasm can promote emotional well-being and lower your stress levels, and thus help you get good sleep. It can also help manage your blood sugar levels and act as a stress buster.
  2. Prepare You for Labour: Orgasms help strengthen the pelvis which is good for labour. The pelvic muscles are used extensively for pushing the baby out and experience a lot of strain. Orgasms act as workout sessions and can strengthen your pelvis before the big day.
  3. Strengthen the Muscles: While pregnant, you will probably take frequent bathroom breaks. And as your baby grows in size, there will be a strain on your bladder which can make you run for the loo every now and then. Orgasms can help strengthen the same muscles that control urine flow and thus, work to your advantage!
  4. Boost Your Confidence: This is one of the most underrated benefits of orgasm during pregnancy. Due to hormonal fluctuations, you may experience mood swings and bouts of depression. Having sex with your partner and achieving orgasm may make you content and happy, and you might also feel confident!
  5. Can Cause Cramps: Cramping is quite normal in pregnancy and varies in intensity for each orgasm. These cramps are similar to menstrual cramps and subside on their own after a while.

Why Are Orgasms More Intense During Pregnancy?

During pregnancy, a woman’s breasts and vagina become highly sensitive due to the large volumes of blood in these regions. This sensitivity helps in experiencing heightened sexual pleasure.

A pregnant wife and husband in bed

Can Orgasms Affect the Foetus?

Sex or orgasms do not affect the foetus as it is protected by the mucus plug as well as the amniotic sac. Having sex during pregnancy won’t affect your baby; however, doctors suggest otherwise in the following cases:

  • If you have had any miscarriages earlier
  • If you are at the risk of premature birth
  • If you experience any spotting or cramping
  • If you are at the risk of catching infections or any sexually transmitted diseases

Are Orgasms Ever Less Intense?

In the third trimester of pregnancy, your uterus will not be able to contract fully, because of the size of the baby and your belly, and hence you may not achieve a complete orgasm.

Why Does Pregnant Belly Get Hard During Orgasm?

Orgasms during pregnancy can cause the uterus and the muscles in the pelvic region to contract. This may make you feel as though your belly has become hard. But there is no need to worry as it is just one of the pregnancy-related symptoms that will disappear post-delivery.

FAQs

1. Is it normal to feel different when having an orgasm during pregnancy?

Yes, it’s normal for sexual experiences, including orgasms, to feel different during pregnancy due to hormonal changes, increased blood flow, and physical changes in the pelvic region.

2. Can orgasms affect the baby’s health or development?

Generally, orgasms and sexual activity do not harm the baby. The amniotic fluid and the cervix protect the baby, and the uterus contracts rhythmically during orgasm, but this is generally not a concern unless there are specific medical complications.

3. Are there any positions to avoid during sex to prevent discomfort or harm to the baby?

Generally, most sexual positions are safe during pregnancy. However, it’s advisable to avoid positions that put pressure on the abdomen, especially in later stages. Communicating with your partner and consulting with a healthcare professional can provide personalized advice based on individual circumstances.

So, this was all about orgasms and pregnancy. Pregnancy is a special time for couples – make it even more special by celebrating it with your partner. Yes, you can have sex with your partner during pregnancy whenever you are in the mood. It will help strengthen the bond between the two of you and may even help induce labour during the final months of pregnancy.

References/Resources:

1. Carbone. L, Vivo. V, Saccone. G, D’Antonio. F, et al.; Sexual Intercourse for Induction of Spontaneous Onset of Labor: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials (The Journal of Sexual Medicine); Oxford Academic; https://academic.oup.com/jsm/article-abstract/16/11/1787/6980623; September 2019

2. Castro. C, Afonso. M, Carvalho. R, et al.; Effect of vaginal intercourse on spontaneous labor at term: a randomized controlled trial (Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics); National Library of Medicine; https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25033717/; December 2014

3. Kulhawik. R, Zborowska. K, Grabarek. B, Boron. D, et al.; Changes in the Sexual Behavior of Partners in Each Trimester of Pregnancy in Otwock in Polish Couples (International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health); National Library of Medicine; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8910547/; March 2022

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7. Sex during pregnancy: What’s OK, what’s not; Mayo Clinic; https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/sex-during-pregnancy/art-20045318

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