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How do orgasms affect pregnant women?

Hilda Y. Hutcherson, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

Increased blood flow and sensitivity in the genitals may mean that your orgasms are more in­tense and pleasurable than ever before. In fact, some women experience the first orgasm of their lives -- or multiple orgasms -- during the second trimester of pregnancy. Make sure your man knows that this is a great opportunity for him to help you achieve some of your best orgasms ever. That’s a turn-on for many men. Orgasms may be more elusive in the last tri­mester. Just as oxytocin, the “cuddle hormone,” is released during childbirth, it also flows during orgasm. But don’t worry that climaxing will trigger a miscarriage -- the mild uterine contractions that result won’t harm your baby. But do call your doctor if the post-orgasm contractions are severe or last more than a few minutes.

 

 

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There are many different opinions on whether or not it's a good idea for a woman to have orgasms while pregnant. Currently, research suggests that having an orgasm while pregnant will not harm the baby or the mother. In fact, some women may experience more pleasurable orgasms or multiple orgasms while pregnant since there's more blood flow to the pelvic region. There are some risks - because orgasms trigger pelvic contractions and the release of oxytocin (the same hormone that induces labor contractions), there's a possibility that orgasms may start labor in women at risk for preterm labor or in women who are in late-term pregnancy. However, in most cases, having sex and orgasming while pregnant is perfectly safe.

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Available at a substantial discount for a limited time only, thanks to support from K-Y(R) Brand!Once you get down to the business of baby-making, the advice will pour in: books, magazines, in-laws,...

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