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Increased Sex Drive During Pregnancy?

My sex drive is through the roof right now! What’s going on?

Pregnant women typically fall into two camps: Those who can’t get enough between the sheets, and those whose idea of a perfect evening right now is a peaceful night’s sleep — solo. If you’re in group A, you can thank the rising levels of estrogen and progesterone, which are helping to boost your desire for nonstop nookie. These (yup) sex hormones are responsible for increasing the amount of blood flow to the pelvic area and the amount of lubrication down there — both important ingredients for a satisfying romp. They also cause more sensitive breasts, so your foreplay may seem more fiery (and their expanding size can make you feel more attractive — and get you plenty of attention from your partner). Remember that as long as your doctor has given you the okay, it’s perfectly safe to have sex throughout your pregnancy. We say enjoy it while it lasts — once baby’s here, you’ll probably have to wait at least a month before you and your partner can have sex again.

Plus, more from The Bump:

Husband not into sex during pregnancy?

Pregnancy Sex: The Good, the Bad and the Weird

5 Pregnancy Sex Myths — Busted

By C. Joseph Cadle, MD, ob-gyn, Kaiser Permanente, Atlanta, GA