Sex and libido - the very cause of conception - undergoes either positive or negative changes in the early weeks after conception.
For some women, sex becomes a celebration of their pregnancy and brings with it a sense of 'freedom', because contraception is no longer a concern. Extra blood flow to the breasts and genitals can increase sensitivity, sexual arousal and the desire for sex. However, other women find that the first 12-14 weeks of pregnancy brings with it continual tiredness, nausea and/or vomiting, making sex the furthest thing from their mind.
Libido and sex drive in early pregnancy
A very early and not much discussed sign of pregnancy is the change in the drive for sex. Some women feel turned off, while others have dramatically increased drive for it. The reason things change in the sex department is not just hormonal - although they are the chief culprits - but also the increased blood flows around the body, including to the genital areas.
The flood of hormones in your body in early pregnancy can also make you very emotional and perhaps more partial to a cuddle and emotional intimacy rather than physical intercourse. Every woman will experience things slightly differently and there is no need to worry about any changes in sex drive.
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Last revised: Friday, 28 February 2014
This article contains general information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional.