7 benefits of sex during pregnancy
Getting busy before you get too busy
The benefits of sex range from slashing stress hormones like cortisol to lowering your blood pressure. Sex facilitates bonding and feelings of intimacy with your partner. This kind of connection does more than make you feel warm and fuzzy; it reduces anxiety and boosts not just your health but the baby’s overall health. If you’re feeling up for it and your doctor hasn’t told you otherwise, it’s more than okay to have sex throughout your entire pregnancy.
1. Cardiovascular health: Anything that exercises your heart is good for you, including sex. Just as exercise strengthens other muscles in your body, Sex also helps your heart muscle become more efficient and better able to pump the 50 percent more blood produced by pregnant women. More blood flowing through the system means more blood reaching your pelvis as well as the placenta, and that means nourishment for a growing fetus and better orgasms for you. Sexual arousal increases the heart rate with the number of beats per minute reaching its peak during orgasm. But, as with most exercise, it depends how vigorously you do it, and how often.
2. Sex Improves Pelvic Floor Muscles: A strong pelvic floor is important for avoiding incontinence, something that affects about 30% of women during and after a vaginal birth. Intercourse exercises pelvic floor muscles. When you have an orgasm, it causes contractions in those muscles, and helps strengthen the pelvic floor for birth that is stretched and strained during pregnancy and childbirth.
3. Relieve Stress: Anxiety about the many changes that come with a new baby can be very stressful especially for first time moms. Good news is sex is a great stress reliever. That's because touching, hugging, sexual intimacy, and emotional attachment stimulate the release of Cortisol a stress relieving hormone to promote bonding and calmness.
4. Emotional Well-Being: with all the extra hormones coursing through your, risk of depression increases during pregnancy, as well as postpartum. During pregnancy, hormonal changes can affect chemicals in the brain responsible for depression and anxiety. Sexual intimacy can strengthen your overall sense of well-being and help chemical balances. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs humans require social connections, to belong. Intimacy with your partner, and bonds with friends and family boosts your overall health and well-being as well as the babies. Close connections with others, including your partner, make you happier. Sex is the time to enjoy that closeness with your partner, before a little one arrives and you’re both too tired. Not to mention the four to six weeks wait for nookie after delivery
5. Lessen Pain: Sex can lessen pain. Sexual stimulation including masturbation and orgasm can help keep pain at bay. Both activities can reduce pain sensation and increase your pain threshold preparing you for birth. Orgasms result in the release of hormones that can help block pain signals and ease some of the discomforts of pregnancy.
6. Look Younger: Sex makes you look younger. Forget surgery and anti-aging creams, sex keeps you younger looking. Regular sex stimulates the release of estrogen and testosterone, hormones that keep you young and vital looking. Estrogen promotes younger-looking skin and lustrous locks in women.
7. Combat Insomnia: Pregnancy can make you exhausted all day long. It can also cause insomnia at night due to the need to urinate, heart palpitations when you lay down or just abdominal discomfort from the growing little body inside of you. Good news is sex can help you sleep better especially when it ends in orgasm, which is more likely due to the increased blood flow to the pelvic region during pregnancy. An orgasm stimulates the release of a hormone called prolactin, a natural sleep-aid. Prolactin promotes feelings of relaxation and sleepiness. This is just one of the reasons you may notice that you have an easier time falling asleep after having sex.
Having sex often can benefit you, your partner and your baby in numerous ways. Having regular sex during pregnancy can increase your overall physical well-being and have a lasting impact long after the baby arrives, so get busy.