Sexuality during the First Trimester of Pregnancy

Pregnancy is experienced very differently according to women; some are hyper serene and do not present any particular disorder; others experience small physical inconveniences without gravity, others finally are anxious and ask themselves a lot of questions. Whichever way we live it, pregnancy constitutes a massive change in the life of the woman (and her / his partner), both hormonal, physical, and psychological.

Sex during this period can be a bit rushed, but it is possible! So how can we best adapt it during this beautiful period of female and conjugal life?

Stop misconceptions!

On the one hand, you should know that sexuality, unless your gynecologist has a formal contraindication, is completely practicable during pregnancy. It is even recommended since it relaxes the body and helps relieve stress.

On the other hand, a misconception that there is a risk of hurting the baby by making love is still very much present in people’s minds. This is completely wrong! The baby is in the womb, and there is absolutely no risk of the male reaching it, as it is stopped by the cervix anyway, which categorically prevents him from entering.

The penetration will therefore neither hurt nor disturb it, let alone detach it from the uterine wall! On the contrary, the baby will even indirectly benefit from the endorphins secreted by the woman who will be relaxed and serene after sexual intercourse.

Sexuality during the first trimester

Hormones and their side effects can induce different symptoms, more or less strong depending on women: fatigue, anxiety and questioning, irritability, mood swings, nausea, breast pain, cravings, frequent urges to urinate.

These little annoyances disappear as the body adapts to all these changes, usually towards the end of the first trimester.

Physically, the bodily modifications are still minimal (increase in the volume of the breasts, more prominent and more pigmented areoles, swollen and more pigmented vulva, increase in vaginal secretions, increase in the volume of the uterus), and the weight gain is slight, on average from 1 to 3 kg depending on ladies.

What about first-trimester sexuality

The small annoyances (nausea, breast pain, questioning, etc.) described above can be the cause of a transient drop in desire.

It’s important to talk to your partner and explain what’s going on for you at the time so that he understands and doesn’t feel rejected.

It is therefore a question of adapting sexuality here by emphasizing tenderness, cuddling, foreplay to heighten desire, massages to relax and open the appetite… Complicity, as well as spaces for simply talking about your fears, can help you both relax and gradually reestablish a climate conducive to sexuality. Pregnancy is an upheaval in the life of a couple, it is essential to talk about it together!

Finally, some women are unaware of these disorders, and the pregnancy is not yet visible to the naked eye. So they can have the same sexuality as usual.

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