It’s perfectly safe to make love during pregnancy unless your doctor or midwife has told you not to. Lovemaking will not hurt your baby. The male sex organ cannot penetrate beyond your vagina, and the baby cannot tell what’s going on.
A woman’s sex drive may increase at certain stages of the pregnancy, and lovemaking can have some benefits. These benefits include;
1. It helps relieve stress and pain
Reaching climax during lovemaking floods your body with oxytocin, a hormone that produces endorphins, which leave you feeling calm and happy. When you find yourself stressed out while pregnant, consider that lovemaking releases endorphin which can make you feel relaxed and even alleviate pain.
2. It strengthens the pelvic floor muscles
According to Healthline, regular lovemaking during pregnancy can help keep your pelvic floor muscles toned and strong to help you deal with the arduous phase of labor. However, this is no reason to miss your floor exercises and Kegels.
3. It can ease pain and discomfort
According to Medical News Today, making love when pregnant can make you feel relaxed and feel less pain. Since climax signals the release of oxytocin, a hormone that can increase your pain tolerance, it can help with those backaches and other pregnancy-related pains.
4. Fewer bathroom leaks and better bladder control
You may find yourself visiting the bathroom frequently, or you may experience slight incontinence when you laugh or sneeze. According to WebMD, lovemaking helps to contract the muscles and make them strong, thereby helping the regulation of the flow of urine.