Even if you're not sure whether or not you ever want to have kids, you've probably thought about the changes the human body goes through when pregnant. From breast sensitivity to all the hormones, there are plenty of resources to learn more about these changes. But when it comes to having sex during pregnancy, it's hard to find the info you need.
“The hormonal context of pregnancy increases both libido and pleasure and can lead to stronger, longer and more frequent orgasms for women," Leah Keller, certified personal trainer and founder of Every Mother, an evidence-based pre and postnatal fitness exercise program, tells Bustle. "For both pregnant women and their partners, the mental shift is very significant. For some, the stress of trying to conceive has now ended and they can enjoy sex in a way that had been elusive due to the pressure and hope for a certain outcome. For others, anxiety about this new chapter of life and/or concern about hurting the baby can make it difficult to relax."
Okay, so that's the psychological part. But what about the physical? Does the bump get in the way? Could you hurt the baby? Keller says it can be tricky — but figuring out sex while you're pregnant is worth it.
“Bio-mechanical changes can make it difficult to find a comfortable and ergonomic position — but this can also present a fun challenge that introduces variety and innovation to an otherwise routine sex life," Keller says. "We all tend to fall into comfortable habits with our partners, which is normal and healthy. But it’s also wonderful to mix it up a bit to keep things fresh and exciting.”
Ready to approach pregnancy sex as a fun and interesting change? Here are Keller's tips for each trimester, including positions you should try as your belly gets bigger.