With swollen ankles, sore boobs and a growing baby bump, being pregnant might not make you feel particularly sexy.
But it turns out that getting frisky with your partner might be absolutely the best thing you could do.
There are plenty of reasons to have sex before the baby makes an appearance – from pretty epic orgasms to better sleep (unless your GP advises you otherwise, of course).
We take a look at seven amazing health benefits that come from having sex while you’re pregnant, the Daily Record reports.
1. Lowers blood pressure
There is a risk, especially in the second trimester, of increased blood pressure in expectant mothers. Having sex releases plenty of oxytocin – a hormone – that will naturally lower blood pressure, act as a stress reliever and reduce the risk of a heart attack.
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2. Amazing orgasms
You might not feel up to it, but sex while you’re pregnant will give you some of the best orgasms you’ve ever had. That alone might be reason enough to tempt you. Pregnancy increases your levels of estrogen and progesterone, which means there is more blood flow in your pelvic region. With all this going on, erogenous zones in your body become more sensitive and touch is heightened – meaning you’re in for a long lasting, intense finish.
3. Boosts your immune system
Pregnancy naturally lowers your immune system so getting between the sheets can help boost your body back up to normal levels. Having sex increases Immunoglobulin A antibodies, which help to ward off colds and flu.
4. Sleep soundly
It’s fairly common knowledge that men need a kip straight after sex owing to the hormones they release. Pregnancy sex can do the same for women. That surge of endorphins having sex gives you will help you nod off no problem.
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5. Tightens your pelvic floor
Who needs Kegel exercises? Having sex fairly regularly while you are pregnant will help keep that pelvic floor as toned and strong as ever. This will also help with labour.
6. Better bonding
We understand that you might feel unattractive during pregnancy, therefore it’s easy to push your partner away and say no to sex.
However, the endorphins rush that both of you will get from having sex will make for a closer, loving relationship.
Why? Because oxytocin is the hormone responsible for attachment and love. This also stands for you and your baby, who will benefit from the increased hormone levels in your body.
7. Prevents pre-eclampsia
This all come down to sex lowering your blood pressure as pre-eclampsia occurs when a woman’s blood pressure raises significantly during her second trimester.
While you should always monitor your diet when carrying a child in order to keep your blood pressure stable, sex can also help.
Sperm contains a special type of protein that not only lowers blood pressure but also helps to regulate the immune system.
Visit the NHS website for official health advice on sex during pregnancy.