What is sex like during various stages of pregnancy? #I've got a parenting question!#pregnancy#sex June 6 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride Offbeat Home & Life runs these advice questions as an opportunity for our readers to share personal experiences and anecdotes. Readers are responsible for doing their own research before following any advice given here... or anywhere else on the web, for that matter. Photo by Susan Sabo Offbeat Families reader Betty asks: "I'm not currently pregnant or planning to be anytime soon, but I think I might have kids… some day. I have tons of questions about pregnancy and raising children, but whenever I really think about pregnancy I inevitably always wonder: what is sex like while you're pregnant? I know that plenty of people have sex the entire time they're pregnant AND that plenty of people aren't comfortable having sex while pregnant, so I'm curious — what about being pregnant makes you want to have sex more or less than you do usually? If you are having sex while pregnant, how does it change as the pregnancy progresses?" Related Post Did you compromise with your partner on finding out your baby's sex? My husband and I are expecting our first child and will be able to find out the sex of the baby soon. I want it... Read more Ok, you sexy mamas! We want to hear your experiences about sex through your pregnancy. We know the comments on this one are going to be awesome… Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS Bring on the fun fur: how should I pimp out my Chevy van? NEXT Ruminations on the future of colleges: where will your kids be in fifteen years? Show/Hide comments [ 58 ] We had a lot of sex while pregnant – particularly during the last trimester. It wasn't too different, really, except that you can't lie on your back at all (I'm one of those weirdos for whom missionary & its variations is actually really good). After a while you just get sick of girl-on-top & doggie. I hear that for a lot of people having to pee is a problem, but I never had a reduced bladder capacity during my pregnancy (I slept through the night the whole time). All I can recommend is that you have A LOT of sex during your pregnancy as long as you feel like it, because for a lot of people, it takes a while after you give birth to feel physically & emotionally ready to do it again. 2 agree Reply Missionary is the best way to get me there too… but how do you manage the belly? it was ok until 4 months for me, but now he'd have to be completely vertical not to squash it. I'm 24 weeks and the cashier at the grocery store asked if I was due before or after my birthday (which is in 9 days). 1 agrees Reply The only way I've managed to tackle missionary (I'm 29 weeks) is to have him standing next to the bed with my legs swung over the side. I guess that's not really missionary, but it gives the face to face time without his weight on stomach. 1 agrees Reply My guy is large so regular missionary is uncomfortable anyway. We do the same thing but at 22 weeks I have no issues laying on my back yet. 7 agree Reply I've been very achy and tired my whole pregnancy, so there hasn't been much activity around here 🙁 At first I really didn't feel like it. Then, I wouldn't mind it but zzzzzzzzzzzz. Now I'm just so big I can't be comfortable in any position, so I end up taking charge of things myself. I think a big issue with my pregnancy in general has been that by the moment I hit the middle of the second trimester (when you're supposed to feel most energetic) temperatures reached the 90s with very high humidity. Now I'm about to start my 6th month and unless it's in a big tub of ice cubes I won't let my husband get anywhere near me. So yeah, my answer would be that not only are you affected by tons of hormones that could take you either way, but external factors could become huge. Oh and the fact that the more "into it" we are the more this little girl kicks and moves tends to kill the moment too. 3 agree Reply I am currently preggo with my third, first with my husband. I would say that with each of my pregnancies I haven't craved sex anymore than before I was preggo, about the same. I know some women do though. The only changes for me would be, I'm more likely to pass it up now because I'm VERY tired by bedtime that most nights, I'd rather just pass out. Breast tenderness gets in the way as well, puts a damper on things in that area. I am now 29 weeks along, so I'm feeling a little less than desirable, especially when I catch a glimpse in the mirror. So I've been keeping the lights off a lot as I get bigger. As you get furthur along, your positions have to alter some to make room for your stomach and/or make it more comfortable as well. But otherwise, life goes on 🙂 5 agree Reply I think this is a very personal topic, and people's feelings and experiences vary WIDELY, so take that into account. (In fact, the same person might have a totally different experience in different pregnancies.) We were pretty busy right up until two days before Baby came. I found that in the beginning, "morning" (and it is NOT limited to the morning!) sickness made me feel too sick to enjoy myself much, but otherwise, I was in the mood even more than usual. I actually felt pretty sensual, and my partner NEVER seemed to feel that I was any less sexy than before. I wouldn't say I felt either more or less sexy, myself (ok, less sexy during the weeks I was throwing up constantly). We did get a little creative — missionary doesn't work after a certain point — but creativity never hurts! As for after the baby — we waited till the 6 wk all clear from the midwife (standard, and then ended up waiting about two more weeks; but I know some people don't wait until then. In the beginning you think it will NEVER be the same down there again, but you know what — it is! Seriously, there doesn't seem to be any difference now (three months later). 2 agree Reply "you think it will NEVER be the same down there again, but you know what — it is! Seriously, there doesn't seem to be any difference now (three months later)." THANK YOU for saying this. I'm 24 weeks pregnant with my first and pretty terrified of what birth will do to my vagina. This makes me feel so much better! 4 agree Reply Don't worry about it! My husband says that things have actually improved since we had kids, and I've noticed that too. I think it's due to the pelvic floor exercises that my midwives kept on at me about. 1 agrees Reply we waited until getting the 6 week green light from my midwife as well and then went right at it that night…what i wasnt prepared for was OUCH! it had been probably closer to 7 weeks (the 6 plus the days right before she was born when my boyfriend was working all the time so we couldnt find the time) so yeah, dont worry about it not feeling the same, i actually think for him it felt better because of how long we had waited! (it will for me too, eventually!) 5 agree Reply we couldn't wait longer than three weeks with either of ours and were totally fine both times…the first time i even had a minor tear which had healed by then and didnt cause any issues at all. and yes to second what anonymous said above…my vagina hasn't changed at all since having number one or two. right back to usual! and im actually really bad at keeping up with the kegles. there is definitely hope! 3 agree Reply The biggest mood killer for me is when my babies move around inside me during sexy time. I'm not afraid of hurting the babies, or whatever, it just totally kills it for me. I have to ignore it willfully or just pretend it doesn't bother me, but it definitely makes me feel less into the action. Also, I am pretty big already at 5 months (twins), so I can't do much in terms of positioning. It makes things complicated, and often there's a lot of spacial negotiation going on. Maybe as we get used to me being big we will figure out some good "standard" positions so we don't HAVE to be creative every time. Sometimes the problem solving is awkward and not sexy, too, since moving my body around takes so much more effort now! 6 agree Reply We had a lot of sex while I was pregnant. I was sick as a dog the first 14 weeks and there was no way we were keeping up our ususal 2-3 times a week routine. I felt car sick just thinking about sex and it was a HOT summer as well. Once my "morning" sickness faded sex was awesome. We were so in love with eachother, we were so in love with this person growing in my body. It was a heady and romantic time. It got better once my body was clearly pregnant and not just bloated and chubby. My husband thought I looked amazing and I could hardly keep him off of me. (in a good way). Third trimester required us to be positionally creative as I got big and had back pain. That was not a problem. By the very end we were having sex to get the baby out but it was still good sex. In fact, the sex we had the day before my water broke we both agree, was the best we have ever had. 🙂 Now we are 15 weeks out and working on balancing my diminished desire with nap schedules….oh to have pregnant sex again 🙂 18 agree Reply "It got better once my body was clearly pregnant and not just bloated and chubby."-I am hoping this is the case for me. I am a little over 3 months and since we found out-nada. It's all me though, I'm tired and I really don't feel into it which is bad because I didn't have a high sex drive to begin with. We just celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary and I couldn't even bring myself to do it that night! I am hoping once I feel pregnant and not just fat it'll be better. 7 agree Reply I took a long time to look pregnant and still don't in most clothes (22 weeks) don't worry about it, he was convinced any bit of bloat was a baby bump and found it awesome. 2 agree Reply I'm nearly 28 weeks pregnant and honestly, the sex has been one of the best parts of pregnancy for me! Before conceiving, I had a very, verrrry low sex drive, and for the first couple of months, I was so sick and tired that I didn't really want to do it. But, in the last two months or so, we've had so.much.great.sex!!! Physically, it's not much different; I never really liked being on my back, and that's the only really uncomfortable position for me right now, so we just avoid it. I'm on top a lot, or on my side or propped up on my elbows, and that is really comfortable and fun. I have noticed a decreased interest in oral sex–I much prefer penetration these days, which wasn't really the case before. In general, I'm just more turned on and ready to go, more so than I've been in years. I had an abortion just about 6 years ago, and for a while afterward, I was so afraid of becoming accidentally pregnant again that our sex life really, really suffered. Even when we started trying to conceive last fall, I had a hard time getting into it, and making a baby was on the damn agenda! Honestly, I'm a little afraid of what will happen to my drive after the baby comes. I don't want to lose it, because it's really strengthened our relationship to have all this sex again. It's at least given us a lot more opportunities to talk about our sex life and what might happen once baby is here. 1 agrees Reply Physically, it wasn't much different for me until about 6 months. I didn't get an early sickness. Then, we changed to more spooning position, which was more supportive than all fours and more comfortable. However, at this last pregnancy (my 3rd), I had a weird thing happen afterward, where I was unable to orgasism (sp?) until like 7 months post partum. I guess something happened with my hormones or something. I had to convince my husband that I still wanted to have sex even if I was having problems getting all the way. 6 agree Reply Pregnancy lowered my libido, and made sex painful, I couldn't lubricate naturally, and even with ky, it felt a lot like getting reamed with a splintery wooden broom handle. Things started to get better about 6 months after we had the baby, and now 3 years later it's actually better than it was before we got pregnant. 2 agree Reply '…even with ky, it felt a lot like getting reamed with a splintery wooden broom handle.' I know this feeling, but seeing it here, coming from someone else, made me laugh SO hard and now I can't stop smiling… I've had trouble *staying* 'in the mood' while we're trying to have sex, because things down there just don't feel right (dry or painful or nothing at all going on -numb?); thanks for making me laugh and smile, knowing I'm not alone! 1 agrees Reply This might be an instance of 'unhelpful advice' but I had this too in the early days and made my doctor take an internal swab for thrush. I was otherwise symptom free but it turns out I did have thrush, it was just really high up and a normal test wouldn't have picked it up. Once I was treated for that my pain went away. Not saying that this was necessarily the issue in your case but for anyone else reading this and experiencing that pain, I'd really encourage you to consider asking your doctor/ care provider to do the internal swab 🙂 6 agree Reply I've enjoyed sex almost the entirety of my pregnancy (34 weeks with twins!) Maybe too much information, but I had an undiagnosed yeast infection for 5-6 weeks. I thought it was just a normal part of pregnancy and my doc assured me it wasn't an infection. That really took away from the sex drive. Being comfortable with your new body and trusting your partner are the most important aspects–I've enjoyed our creativity of new sex positions. It has also been freeing not to have to think about any form of contraception. 1 agrees Reply For me, the anxiety was the hardest to overcome, and still is. I know that sometimes women bleed a little after sex, but the thought of seeing blood scares me so much that it made me very, very hesitant during the first trimester. Coupled with the nausea, headaches, nerves and exhaustion, there was always some reason not to have sex. We wound up pregnant during the first month of trying and my husband was actually sad about it, because he loved the trying phase and now we'd immediately entered the "no sex" phase. I'm trying to lighten up now (at a bit over 15 weeks). I do find penetrative sex more uncomfortable now, but oral is absolutely fine. I think we just need to experiment more and I need to let go of my fears that sex is going to hurt the baby. I do feel like a ticking time bomb because I'm afraid that our sex life will vanish after the baby arrives, so I'm trying to be better about letting go and enjoying the closeness with my husband. 1 agrees Reply I had a previous miscarriage, so I was terrified of having sex for the first trimester. Then they discovered a low-lying placenta (which usually fixes itself), so I continued to be terrified until it fixed itself at 28 weeks. Then everything was great for nine more weeks, when our daughter was born. Never had a problem with missionary… actually, it was the only position that wasn't a little bit painful for me (my husband is well endowed and other positions are usually a bit painful for me, but even though it was normal, I couldn't help but worry). The real surprise came after she was born. My sex drive was high before pregnancy, and now it's higher. Waiting for the okay from my doc for sex was torture, but we made it work. I got the okay at 4 weeks and my birth control was considered "working" at 5 weeks. It's kinda like a game, finding the time and energy… not to mention finishing before she wakes up again. Reply We had lots of sex in the 1st and 2nd trimesters, but I was so freaking tired and we were under lots of under life stresses during the 3rd trimester, so we barely had sex at all. The only thing I didn't like was that I already have no problem supplying my own natural lubrication, and during pregnancy, that was magnified by like 10. You'd think that wouldn't be a problem, but it was a major problem. My husband had a hard time staying inside and I had a hard time feeling any sensation. The orgasms were marvelous though. Edited to add: Now that I think about it, I didn't show for a loooooong time, like until 7 months when I suddenly looked pregnant, and that's right around when our sex life took a nose dive. I'm not sure if that had anything to do with it or not. I had really bad hip pain, my husband lost his job and we were relying on his parents to help us financially, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and had C-Diff and started losing a dramatic amount of weight, with all those things combined I'm not surprised at all that we didn't feel like having sex! 2 agree Reply I'm at 38 weeks. We've been having sex less frequently because of me being either sick (1st trimester) or tired (second trimester) or just plain uncomfortable (third trimester). My drive went up for a bit at the beginning, then became almost non-existent for a bit at the end of the second trimester… now it's about normal, but I can't seem to reach orgasm. But that doesn't mean it isn't still fun trying! Yes, there have been some times that it's been rough, especially for my husband. For the most part, we've gotten creative(lazy sex is still sex) and we've become more emotionally intimate with each other and it has made us a lot closer. Who know what will happen postpartum, but I'm confident that as long as we keep talking and being open about it, then we'll get through it fine. 1 agrees Reply My son is 4 now, but I remember it because it was so amazingly good! I didn't have any morning sickness at all, so I was "ready to go" the whole time. I remember having positioning issues and using pillows creatively. I have a health condition stops me from being physically able to be on top, so we would put a firm pillow under my rump and one behind my head, so I wouldn't feel up-side-down, to maintain a missionary-like position without him having to stand. Later in my pregnancy it was actually my husband that got "the willies" about being able to feel the baby. For the first 8 months though, I remember thinking, "This is why those anti-birth control women exist! They want to be pregnant all the time cause the sex is so great!" I felt like I'd been let in on a secret only moms knew. 7 agree Reply I utterly went off sex when I was pregnant, and it was very frustrating! I loved my pregnant body, so did my husband, I felt really beautiful and confident, I wasn't worried about hurting the baby but my sex drive was zero. It wasn't just that I wasn't in the mood- if we tried there was just nothing, he may as well have been stroking my elbow (if elbows really do it for you, imagine another totally non erogenous zone!). It just didn't work. But after labour it came right back, we were doing the deed again by 3 weeks- I was so relieved, we were beginning to think we'd never do it again, and now our sex life is better than ever. 1 agrees Reply I am not much into it in the first trimester, but the second trimester hits and we go from once or twice a week to nearly every day. Third trimester and the belly seems to slow it down for us a little since positions get tricky. I am 35 weeks with my third baby and still enjoy sex, but can't wait until I no longer have this huge belly in the way! Horomones affect people differently in pregnancy so it will be difficult to know how you will feel until you are actually pregnant. 3 agree Reply The first trimester was an absolute no-go for me. My breasts were super sore and I couldn't stand the smell of my husband (which was probably both the worst and most unexpected part of early pregnancy for me). I never really had much of a sex drive even once the first trimester symptoms subsided, and it was pretty uncomfortable again late in the third trimester because my vulva was oversensitive. After the baby was born, though… if I hadn't been so freaking tired I would have wanted it every day! 🙂 Just with half the bottle of lube each time. Reply My first pregnancy, I wanted nothing to do with sex. The only time I was willing to do it was a brief window in the 2nd trimester when I wasn't nauseous anymore and the baby hadn't started really moving a lot. After she was born I still had no sex drive for almost a year. Now I'm 14 weeks along with baby #2 and it's the polar opposite! My sex drive has been through the roof since day one! 3 agree Reply My husband and I have/had a very active and healthy sex life leading up to pregnancy. I lucked out with not getting morning sick so the first two trimesters were amazing for us. Because I have always really enjoyed sex, all the changes going on down there actually reduced sensations for me. We found ways around it but once I hit that pelvis expanding, braxton hicks stage that I am in now (I'm 35 weeks) our romps in the sack are non-existent. This makes me so sad and sexually frustrated because I want to be intimate with him but it just isn't comfortable anymore and having to stop halfway is way worse than just not starting anything. There are ways to take care of urges that we definitely employ but it's just not the same as good old fashioned married sex. I think we both are counting down to when we can resume our lives bump and aches free. 1 agrees Reply I'm at 24 weeks now, and it's been a rocky road. We tried for about seven months before we got pregnant, and, given that I'm a healthy 25 year old and my husband is a no less healthy 32 year old, we were beginning to wonder why it wasn't happening. When it finally did, sex was easier just because the stress was gone. We were having sex because we wanted to know with no pressure. Not to mention the fact that my breasts were sensitive in a great way. Once the bump became undeniable, hubby started to get nervous about smushing it. Meanwhile, I'm a total missionary girl, so being told that my favorite position would either need a good bit of tweaking or we couldn't do it at all was rough. Between busy-ness (hubby is a teacher and May was pretty much a paper-grading marathon), hormones, and concern about being safe for baby, we had a bit of a lull. Recently, though, now that it's warm out (naked sleeping!) and his work is pretty relaxed, we've made an effort to spend intimate time together – whether it's him rubbing coconut oil on places that may get stretch marks, bathing together, or actual forms of intercourse. At this stage, with my body changing so much, it's more important to me (and to him!) that we're both comfortable with my body and spending real physical time together than for us both to orgasm (though that definitely still happens). I haven't noticed anything but my breasts being more or less sensitive, though I do notice more (trying to think of the right word)… swelling? down there. It seems more full. I also find it important to take care of things myself once in awhile, if only just so that I can stay in touch with my sexuality and so that I can remain aware of the physical changes. It's kind of delightful to be so curvy and fertile, and it's important for me to think of it in those terms (as opposed to 'holy cow, i'm a whale and i still have at least three months left'). 2 agree Reply I'm just in my first trimester right now but my sex drive has plummeted. I'm exhausted and bloated and nauseas 90% of the time. My husband is so lovely and understanding and we're spending an awful lot of time cuddled on the couch kissing. Hopefully the sex drive gets back up in a few weeks when I'm in my second trimester, but I'm thankful my husband is being understanding and patient. We've been communicating about it the whole time (and knew it was a possibility when we started trying for kids) and I think that helps. 1 agrees Reply My husband was amazing at giving me the space I needed in the first trimester too. 😀 Here's to hoping you get over the hump soon! Reply I think it varies week to week. We had sex through AWFUL morning sickness. My husband deserves a medal for being able to maintain an erection after he listened to me puke. For the first 4 1/2 months a we had sex a little less than usual, the second trimester we had some really fun super sex weeks, where I was eager to get some all the time but since 36 weeks I have just been too big and my vulva has been too swollen for anything to be anything other than irritating. So we just masturbate together, as in, we each get ourselves off when we feel the need but with some snuggle time! My hubby doesn't feel neglected and neither do I. I guess its just making sure you communicate your love has in no way diminished when your sex drive does! We are still waiting on baby, but are looking forward to having some un-belly interrupted sex once I am all healed up! 1 agrees Reply I'm 29 weeks and physically, sex is pretty much the same as it was before, except for, as the others have mentioned, positions have changed a little due to the growing belly. I also get tired more easily. The real difference, though, is that I feel totally gorgeous pregnant and my husband thinks that I am more sexy and attractive than I have ever been. He pretty much can't keep his hands off me. It took us 2 years and some medical intervention to get pregnant, so this pregnancy has pretty much been a miracle to us, and our relationship has never been better. It's been a really happy and romantic time, which obviously adds to the fun of sex. 1 agrees Reply I got pretty horny once "morning sickness" was over and masterbated quite a bit. My wife was weirded out by the baby to participate much. Now that she is pregnant, she feels super un-sexy and I'm not enjoying any second trimester hornyness with her. Oh well. Soon we'll be done procreating and can get back to sexy times. Reply My sex drive was pretty much non-existent. That isn't to say we didn't ever have sex, but not multiple times a week like we used to before. I felt terrible the first trimester, and after that I was always just exhausted and not feeling up for it. I didn't even like cuddling much because it made me feel hot and uncomfortable. I would have sexy dreams pretty often actually, and whenever I was in the mood for sex it was usually in the early morning when I was feeling the best and most energetic. 1 agrees Reply I haven't felt a libido kick or drop really. First trimester I was often too tired but it got much better in the 2nd. As some others have mentioned missionary style became difficult as I got bigger but that's never been my fave anyway. The biggest issue started at the beginning of my 3rd trimester. One night after sex I started feeling bad abdominal cramping. I got really scared and thought I was heading into labour early but after a few hours it went away. Subsequent times I'd have the same problem but with the cramps lasting increasingly longer and more painful. I spoke to my midwife who said it's caused by prostaglandins in semen. It's the reason why they tell you to have sex when you're trying to induce labour. So now either he has to pull out or more often we just have non-penetrative fun. I suppose we could use condoms. But what a bummer – one of the best parts of pregnant sex is getting to be carefree with contraception! 😉 Reply For me there has been little change except things are way more sensitive down there (in a good way). I am a bit self-conscious about the emerging belly and fuller boobs but thinks I look more feminine (I am usually a slim flat bellied almost B cup). The baby moving has been a non issue for us nor has the little bit of milk that can leak. Maybe TMI but we are on the earthy side of things. 1 agrees Reply I'm 36 weeks, and our sex life has plummeted to nothing. We had sex a couple of times in the first trimester when I didn't feel super icky, and a handful of times in the 2nd, but we haven't got it on in months now. My libido pretty much fell to nothing within 8 weeks of getting pregnant, and once I started to show and bubs started kicking (which we both felt at 14 weeks) hubs couldn't get past the fact that our child was in there literally centimeters from his penis. So between the 2 of us sex just isn't happening. I've had the urge a couple of times in the last month or so, but as bubs has been locked and loaded since 32 weeks, hubs has been turning me down because a: we didn't want to go into prem labour, and b: he can't deal with getting it on so close to our little girl's head. I'm so close to full term now though that it'd be good to get it on to get things moving! Anyone got any tips on how to help my fella get over this psychological barrier? I should add – we're 23 and 27 and were fairly active pre-pregnancy. Reply Short of my belly getting "stuck" sometimes if we're facing each other, things are pretty much the same. I do have some dryness, but that's fixable. Of course I'm tired at 32 weeks along, but if we can't make time now, we'll never be able to make time once the LO gets here. Reply For us, the first trimester was the normal game of fitting it into our hectic routine since our sleep schedules don't always match and he's away two nights a week; my exhaustion then just added another consideration. The second trimester has me jumping him as much as possible and satisfying myself when he's away. I'm already sad that we might have to go 6 weeks after the nugget arrives, but I'm heartened by some of these responses. Reply I'm only 7 weeks but sex has still been great. I am lucky so far and haven't felt sick at all. The only difference so far is that I am more tired so we have to go to bed earlier to get it in. The plus side is that the orgasms are amazing! 1 agrees Reply I'm 30 weeks pregnant with our first, and our sex life has taken a dive. I'm just never in the mood, and the few times we've had sex during the pregnancy, I stay uncomfortably dry (although that's fixable). On top of that, my husband worries about hurting the baby and even though rationally he knows that's not possible, I think it's hard for him to get past. So yeah, our sex life has been pretty chilly over the past 30 weeks. But I'm not too worried, and have been assuming things will return to normal once our daughter has arrived (if we're not too exhausted anyway, lol!). Reply Sex was fun while I was pregnant! You eventually have to get creative with positions. Sex with a baby can be… rushed. But still good! Reply I am 38 weeks pregnant with our first and we have had sex maybe 7-8 times since conceiving. I had an insatiable sex drive before pregnancy, and it was like, as soon as my uterus achieved its goal of a fetus, the raging hormones stopped dead in their tracks. I think that my drive will return around the time my fertility does after the birth, so if I can't be getting busy now, I am looking up birth control for after so we don't accidentally catch a case of Irish twins! Reply I'm interested in this topic too and am curious about having sex with a woman while pregnant. The comments about penetration with something permanently attached to your partner's midsection don't really apply to me. Any same sex couples wanna share? Does LBD rear its ugly head? (I hate that term, but you know) 1 agrees Reply While I always love good sexy time, I have had quite a few medical issues during my pregnancy that have prevented us from engaging in too much randiness. I had a subchorionic hematoma (like a blood clot) that meant sex was off limits for the first 16 weeks. We totally didnt make it that long, but, the couple of times we did try we were both so freaked out about hurting something we honestly didnt enjoy it. Shortly after we were cleared for sex, I started having bladder pain that couldnt be diagnosed because of the pregnancy (invasive diagnostic procedures). Which sucked. Because it hurt. We had to switch to doggy style from about 20 weeks on because the pressure sex put on my bladder when in missionary was really uncomfortable. Even then, I constantly had to remind him to be careful and go slow and be gentle. Once we get going a bit, it doesnt hurt as much (especially with lots and lots of lubricant), but just knowing that it will usually turns me off in the first place. Foreplay is usually the most pleasurable for me. Actual penetration is where it gets hard (HA). Im 28 weeks now, and we have our fingers crossed that this bladder problem goes away soon after delivery so I can get back to doing the dirty any way I want instead of just doggy style! 🙂 Reply I'm 34 weeks along and we've had sex exactly three times. For some reason, orgasming always feels good but then I get way nauseous and get round ligament cramps, afterwards. It really kills the mood. We still touch and stuff but it's mostly me using my hands on the mister. Reply I hit 31 weeks tomorrow and am happy to say that our sex life is still thriving. We're constantly working to find which angle is best (we both still prefer missionary, but I make sure I'm propped up on pillows), but otherwise little has changed. My libido is slightly lower than pre-pregnancy due to hormones and tiredness, but I have worked hard to push through that because nothing else gives us, personally, the emotional connection that making love does. I'd say we've had sex 2+ times per week rather than the 3-4 times pre-preg. I consider us to be very lucky and am grateful that we've been able to stay so active. 1 agrees Reply For me, it was fantastic!!! I can't get enough of my hubby when I am pregnant. It makes up for the stress of getting ready for those sleepless nights for the first 6 months. After though… we waited the expected 8 weeks of recovery… though I think I waited until week 9 for sure. Slow and steady, but eventually you feel back to normal. But in all honesty those first few months you are too tired to try much of anything. Sleep is a blessing at that stage. 😉 1 agrees Reply My husband and I are so much closer now. We have always been great together but since finding out I was pregnant our relationship is the best its ever been & we have this even stronger emotional connection. We are so in love with each other and so excited for the arrival of our first child. This being my first pregnancy and with everything that I had heard from others I expected our sex life to plummet.. but no two are ever the same. I will say that it was in stages. When we first found out nothing changed in our sex life we continued 4-5 times a week like always (I was only 6 weeks along when i found out). At around 10 weeks i had a rough patch with morning sickness, more like all day long sickness, and i didnt have much energy but my husband did everything possible to comfort & take care of me. Somehow rven thriugh all that we still managed to stay intimate at least once a week. Then came the first sonogram, it was an unbelieveably incredible and surreal experience to see our child on the screen. It made everything really sink in for the both of us & if we thought we were excited before, we were 20 times more excited then. But it did put the idea in both of our heads that by having sex we would somehow hurt the baby so our sex life took a dive until my next appointnebt a month later when we asked ny ob if it was possible. Once she reassured us that it wasnt we were determined to be back at it again but i was also having some body insecurities. I made excuses about being too tired or bot feeling well to avoid sex. The truth is I wanted to but was so uncomfortable with my changing body. I was at about 4 months and was starting to "show" but i just looked chubby. It wasnt the round perky bump i had expected. My husband had thought it was cute since day 1 & assumed anything extra going on there was the baby. After making excuses for 3 weeks going on a month and him being so understanding and paitient, i finally just broke down and told him that i felt gross and that i hadnt been feeling ill, i was just uncomfortable with the extra around my middle to which he responded the way any good man should and told me that everything about my body was perfect and that carrying our child made me that much more beautiful to him. I was thrilled to hear this but the change of mindset didnt happen overnight. We took showers together and found other ways to stay connected and for me to get used to my body. It felt great to be intimate again after such a long pause and now at 29 weeks i feel more beautiful than ever with my baby bump. Our sex life is awesome 🙂 if anything even better than before. My husband finds me sexier & cant keep his hands off of me! So just like everything else its different for person to person, youll find whats right for you two. 1 agrees Reply Hello, I am 28 weeks, I have read a lot of the posts on here. A lot of you seem to really enjoy being pregnant, but I personally don't like myself at the moment. It has nothing to do with being a mum, because I have always wanted a child, but I just feel quite 'whaley'. I tried to slip into some sexy lingerie, my partner laughed, although I don't think he meant to. He is very supportive and is still enthusiastic about sex, but I just feel very bump-concsious. Also agree with whoever says baby movement kills the mood a bit. Any tips or advice, positions or otherwise? Reply I am a women with 34 week and almost we do sex 3-4 time a week with Miss… position. We enjoy a lots Reply First trimester I was really tired & stressed because of work, so sex wasn't too great. Also, my husband's penis has aways been the PERFECT size for me, but with pregnancy my cervix went really high up & with some positions it just felt like he almost wasn't inside me?? (I'd never tell him this, though!) Our favourite position (& usually the one we end with) is me on my stomach so that was sadly out & thus I struggled to climax right through. My sex drive was fine, but knowing that I was going to struggle to orgasm put me off 🙁 Also baby would really start moving when we got busy & that was also a major turnoff for me. Just such a werid feeling 🙁 So I'm really excited to get back to non-pregnant sex (as the desire is def still there & quite strong now in this last stretch) I know my poor husband is too 🙂 OHYES, another huge factor of our deminished sex-life during pregnancy (lol) has been the HEAT!! Trust myself to land the hight of my pregnancy during literally the hottest summer on record ever (Nov 2015 – March2016, South Africa) due to the lovely el nino…and our area is really humid too. Fml! 😉 Reply My third baby is 4 months old and for me the pattern has been the same. In the first trimester I don't feel like doing anything never mind having sex but once i'm over the morning sickness pregnancy makes me super horny. So we had a lot of sex during all three of my pregnancies, up till nearly 42 weeks as my last one was super late :). I generally find a side lying position is easiest for me once my belly gets big. One of the great things about pregnant sex is I never need any extra lube, I'm just naturally very lubricated, which is not always the case at other times. I find that while I'm breastfeeding full time I have very little sex drive (not to mention how tired I am with a newborn) so I try to make the most of those horny months of pregnancy! I think I generally have a pretty high libido but when I'm nursing full time I just have very little desire. I find my libido returns to normal once my period starts again, but that takes a long time and nightweaning my baby/Toddler which I did at 18mo and 2yrs for babies 1 and 2. I still enjoy having sex at that point but I don't feel the burning desire in the same way. Reply I'm 25 weeks pregnant and quite slim with a huge belly, and I have lots of back and pelvic pain so we've had to get a little creative haha. I can't lie on my back anymore so lots of sideways cuddle nookie and sometimes on all fours is nice because it all just hangs down. We do have to be careful because eveything is more sensitive so it can't be too rough anymore and we've invested in some good ol' KY because it can be a little painful. My husband was really weirded out the first time he felt our baby move while we were mid-shag and I felt like a terrible mother when I'd feel her move while we were getting down but we've mostly got past that. I read somewhere that the rocking motion can put them to sleep so hopefully she's not getting all shaken up inside there haha. Sometimes orgasms can be almost painful because my uterus is contracting around a fairly big object but it passes quite quickly. It's been important for us to keep a sense of humour and be experimental because it is kinda weird to think we're having sex with our child not only in the room, but inside me!!! But it's also brought us closer because we're forced to communicate rather than just knowing how each other's bodies work. I've just started lactating so we will have to see what happens when that increases, I might end up shooting my poor husband in the eye with breast milk!!! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.