4 Facts About Orgasms During Pregnancy You Probably Didn't Know

Are orgasms during pregnancy safe? Is it true they feel way better? Here's everything you need to know about the big 'O' during pregnancy.

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Pregnancy can change a lot of things in your life, including your sex life. For some people, the increase in hormones and blood can even make the "Big O" so intense it can be unnerving. For others, it's the best sex of their lives.

The good news: There is no "right" or "wrong" way to experience orgasm or sex during pregnancy. For people who don't have any medical complications (such as placenta previa or risk factors for preterm labor) and whose water has not yet broken, sexual activity and reaching orgasm is perfectly healthy and can even have benefits. In fact, a 2018 paper in Gynaecology and Perinatology described that a pregnant person having an orgasm can actually help the growing fetus get a boost of oxygen and nutrients. Sounds like a win-win!

Stacey Rees, a certified nurse-midwife at Clementine Midwifery in Brooklyn, New York confirms that reaching orgasm poses no dangers to you or your baby. But you may find that your orgasms are different during pregnancy. Some pregnant people might even find that they can achieve their first-ever orgasms—or even multiple orgasms—for the first time.

Pregnancy coach and fitness trainer Danielle Cavallucci, co-author of Your Orgasmic Pregnancy: Little Sex Secrets Every Hot Mama Should Know, answers some of the common questions you might have about orgasms during pregnancy.

Why Are Orgasms Often More Intense During Pregnancy?

When someone is pregnant, their entire genital and pelvic region, including the uterus, are more engorged with blood, so the vaginal area becomes more sensitive. Any kind of stimulation, including mental stimulation and fantasy, can be enough to push a pregnant person over the edge.

Are There Any Harmful Effects on the Fetus?

No. In fact, it might even feel like a little massage!

Are Orgasms Ever Less Intense?

Yes. Often in the third trimester, the uterus can't fully contract during an orgasm because of the size of the baby. You may be extremely stimulated but unable to have a full-on climax.

Why Does the Pregnant Belly Get So Hard During Orgasm?

The abdominal muscles contract as they normally would, but it's more evident because your belly's extended.

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