There they are: your lovely new breasts, blooming out of your bra. They're bigger and sexier than ever. Your partner can't stop ogling you or trying to touch that tantalizing twosome. You wish he could enjoy them. After all that used to be your favorite part of foreplay.
Unfortunately there's a catch to your alluring new physique. Besides being sick to your stomach every morning -- and sometimes all day -- you find that your breasts are so swollen and sore that you're ready to slap your partner the minute he reaches for you.
Is your sex life ever going to be the same? No. But that doesn't mean it will be worse. Fatigue, morning sickness, mood swings, and breast tenderness may put the brakes on your sex drive during these early weeks, but they will go away soon. Let your partner know how you feel and tell him it's fine to look (but not to touch). Talk candidly about your own sexual needs. Find ways of staying close that satisfy both of you right now. In a few weeks, when the worst symptoms of morning sickness and fatigue subside, your libido may reach a new high. Sexual desire typically returns by the 2nd trimester, when many women feel lustier than ever. There are no worries about birth control, they have curvy new bodies to show off, and extra blood flow to the pelvic area, caused by hormonal changes, can produce a heightened sensitivity, making it easier to orgasm.
Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.
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