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Increased Sex Drive During Pregnancy?

My sex drive is through the roof right now! What’s going on?
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May 16, 2017
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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.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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