First trimester: Your sexuality

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

For some, freedom from the worry of getting pregnant may make sex more enjoyable. For others, now that they are pregnant, sex is not appealing or they fear they could hurt the baby.

Other couples feel very close and want to express that closeness in sex. It is very important to talk about how you are feeling 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


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
  • the bleeding increases
  • you are worried about the spotting or have any concerns.