An increased sex drive is often one of the more welcome symptoms of pregnancy.
What causes it?
Hormones, of course! The elevated levels of certain hormones — like progesterone and estrogen — in your body during pregnancy may be the most likely culprits for your heightened libido. Additionally, the increased blood flow that helps support Baby also increases blood flow to the vulva, which can enhance sexual pleasure during pregnancy.
Live it up! Besides thinking about something completely unappealing, there’s not much advice we can give you in the way of reducing your sex drive. Throughout most pregnancies, though, sex is perfectly safe and healthy. Certain pregnancy-related complications can mean sex isn’t safe during pregnancy, but in the absence of these, if you’re in the mood, get to it!
Reviewed by Dr. Jamie Lo
- Mayo Clinic Staff. “Sex during pregnancy: What’s OK, what’s not.” MayoClinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, Jul 2015. Web. Accessed 6/28/17. Available at http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/sex-during-pregnancy/art-20045318.
- “Sex during pregnancy.” MarchofDimes. March of Dimes Foundation, Jun 2015. Web. Accessed 6/28/17. Available at http://www.marchofdimes.org/pregnancy/sex-during-pregnancy.aspx.