Why Your Libido Has Increased During Pregnancy

The Reason You Have A High Sex Drive During Pregnancy

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First and foremost, many many congratulations to you for the good news! You may be going through a gazillion emotions from the moment you have heard that you are expecting a baby. Do you find yourself surprised by the magnitude of feelings that you experience these days? Have you noticed that you have an uncharacteristically high libido these days?

You must have heard a million times about how a woman’s lovemaking drive increases multiple folds during pregnancy. Also, it is important to know that you don’t have to curb your newly discovered heightened desires just because you are having a baby. If your doctor gives a go ahead and you have no complications, you can continue to make love through the course of the pregnancy. In fact, some old wives’ tale suggests that even the big O becomes much more powerful and strong when you are expecting. Isn’t this a good reason enough?

Here, we bring you some of the reasons to help you understand why your libido has increased during pregnancy:

1. Heightened Estrogen Levels

Heightened Estrogen Levels

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It is said that the levels of estrogen during pregnancy are, in fact, much higher than compared to that of the entire time when you aren’t pregnant. It is majorly to enable the placenta and uterus to transfer nutrients, improve vascularization, and support the growth of the little one (1). Estrogen levels are known to affect your mood. And, can surely increase your libido too (2).

2. Increase In The Relaxin Levels

 Increase In The Relaxin Levels

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Another hormone that increases during pregnancy is known as relaxin. This hormone is known to aid the implantation as well as the development of the placenta. It may also help stop the contractions from taking place sooner. Relaxin can help relax ligaments present in the pelvic area as the labor starts. And, it might also increase the blood flow, which can also be part of the reason why you may be feeling a little stimulated (3).

3. Increase In The Oxytocin Levels

Increase In The Oxytocin Levels

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As we are all aware, oxytocin is the “love” or “feel-good” hormone, which helps us in forming connections and bond with other people. And, this hormone is present in abundance throughout the entire pregnancy and it may also affect your need to become physically intimate. You can also call it as a hormone of attachment and is known to invoke a feeling of calmness and closeness within a person. And, the fact that it helps during labor, as well as childbirth, makes it a perfect hormone, isn’t it (4)?

4. The Increase In Blood Flow

The Increase In Blood Flow

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One of the thing that accompanies pregnancy is increased blood flow, more so in the sexual organs, vulva, and breasts. And, naturally, the increased blood flow results in heightened sensitivity as well as smoother arousal. This can often cause your lovemaking experience with your husband to be even more pleasurable. Also, don’t be shocked if you notice that your nipples are leaking. Just embrace your rapidly changing body and the heightened appetite for physical intimacy (5).

5. You May Experience Freeness Emotionally

 You May Experience Freeness Emotionally

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How you think emotionally can also make a huge difference. For the first time, you may not feel worried about looking fat or jiggly. You are just pregnant! This can make a woman feel much more emotionally free. You can ditch being a self-conscious woman who is constantly obsessing over her bodily flows and just embrace your inner goddess. Also, there is no stress about becoming pregnant as you are already there. This feeling can help make your lovemaking life healthier, giving you more reasons to jump into the bed with your partner.

These feelings and emotions are pretty natural, so embrace your new-found you. Just cherish and enjoy this beautiful and incredible phase that is pregnancy. Good luck, moms-to-be!

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