First trimester: Your sexuality

The physical changes of pregnancy can make a woman feel verysexual and attractive. However, nausea, breast sensitivity andfatigue can temporarily dampen sexual desire.

For some, freedom from the worry of getting pregnant may makesex more enjoyable. For others, now that they are pregnant, sex isnot appealing or they fear they could hurt the baby.

Other couples feel very close and want to express that closenessin sex. It is very important to talk about how you arefeeling and what you desire.

There are other ways to express intimacy besides intercourse. You can hug, touch and cuddle. You can also flirt and create romantic dates. Sharing your feelings and being emotionally supportive can bring the two of you closer. Being together, having fun, laughing, talking and sharing the excitement of
pregnancy are also ways to show affection.

    Ask your provider if there are any reasons you should limit your sexual activity.

    Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, seventh edition, ob-ah-90026
    First Published: 10/04/2002
    Last Reviewed: 12/02/2015

    Tip

    Vaginal spotting is common after intercourse during pregnancy. This light bleeding usually goes away within 24 hours.

    Call your health care provider if the spotting lasts more than 24 hours or if the bleeding increases.