Is it normal to have vaginal dryness during sex?

Q: In pregnancy, is vaginal dryness during intercourse normal?

A: Although increased lubrication and discharge are most common during pregnancy, some women do suffer from vaginal dryness.  Your hormone levels are changing at a dramatic rate and, for some women, this means more vaginal dryness and/or irritation.  Also, many women have a lack of libido during pregnancy and don't feel like having intercourse.  This will also decrease the amount of lubrication produced during intercourse, therefore making intercourse very painful.  A water-soluble lubricant, such as Astroglide, can be a life-saver.  It is also important to make sure that you don't have a vaginal infection, which can also lead to decreased lubrication and increased discomfort.  If you have symptoms of vaginal itching, burning, or odor, you should see your practitioner to get checked.