7 reasons why pregnancy sex rocks
So, you're pregnant. So how can you keep a bit of the passion alive? Make the most of the second trimester – some of your symptoms will hopefully have subsided but you're not yet so big that things are uncomfortable
Here are 7 facts that may help you discover how great pregnancy sex can be.
1. It burns calories
Obviously how many calories depends on just how enthusiastic you are, but experts reckon on average about five every minute.
2. Can lower blood pressure
Which is great as high blood pressure is linked to pre-eclampsia. No promises though.
3. It improves sleep
Yes, both you and your baby will be better rested. For you it's the hormone prolactin being released that makes you sleepy; for the baby it's the gentle rocking motion.
4. It reduces pain
Having an orgasm also releases oxytocin which Barry R Komisaruk, a professor at Rutgers University, says can increase pain tolerance by up to 74 per cent.
5. It boosts immunity
'Sexually active people take fewer sick days,' says sexual health expert Yvonne Fulbright. This is due to increased levels of IgA, an antibody that helps you ward off colds and other infections.
6. It makes you happy
'Sex and intimacy can boost your self- esteem,' says psychiatrist Sheenie Ambardar. 'It's not only a prescription for a healthy life, but a happy one.'
7. Aids post-partum recovery
Sex is like a workout for your pelvic floor muscles. When you have an orgasm, it causes contractions in those muscles, which strengthens them. That can both prepare them for childbirth, and in turn help you recover more quickly.
The cute couple pictured feature in Knit Your Own Karma Sutra (£12.99 Apple Press Photograph: Volfgang Knipsen)