Monday, April 6, 2009

Sexy Spicy Passion, in Pregnancy!

Sex during pregnancy is an adventure unlike any other. Once you get the exciting news you quickly began a transformation that takes you on a wild roller coaster ride. The ups & downs, formerly reserved for the bedroom are now your emotions, weight and appetite. While going through your physical metamorphosis your emotional state can be unsteady as well. Once you began to feel the emotional and physical strain of pregnancy, you may experience feelings of doubt. Many women began to feel unattractive or undesirable. The physical symptoms, such as morning sickness, aching back pain and swollen feet will put the brakes on sex quick fast and in a hurry! Everyone may not be impacted in this way during pregnancy. Some women's hormones have the opposite effect and the bedroom is hotter than ever! And many couples feel sexually liberated without the worry of birth control. But for those who are in need, here are some tips on maintaining Passion in Pregnancy!

1. Stay Connected During Pregnancy
Women go through a wide range of hormonal changes during pregnancy and, for some lucky couples, this can actually cause their sex lives to become even hotter. However, this isn’t always the case with everyone; many find the fluctuation in hormones create a negative effect on their intimate life. That’s why it’s so important that even before these changes begin to take place you and your partner commit to communicating openly throughout the pregnancy. The key is to be honest with one another from the very start. Couples often expect one another to be clairvoyant, yet the truth is we’re not mind-readers, and during times of transition like these it’s even more vital that you open up about everything you are feeling. It may help to pick out books for your husband to read that will help him to share in the experiences you may be going through. Going through such physical, emotional and mental changes, pregnant women need added support during this time. By focusing on keeping an intimate connection, you are ensuring that you will have the kind of support you need and deserve.

2. Don’t Fear Sex
There are many different issues that can arise during pregnancy and every woman’s circumstances are different; with that being said, you should always check with your health care provider to find out what is safe for you. Once you get the "green light," it’s important to trust your doctor and not let fears or myths stop you from having a healthy and enjoyable sex life throughout your pregnancy! Also, try Kegeling (naturally tightening and relaxing the muscles, which form part of the pelvic wall regularly); the exercise has many wonderful benefits that:* Help you to be more orgasmic* Enhance sexual enjoyment for both partners* Prevent prolepses of pelvic organs* Condition muscles making birth easier, and help prevent tears and episiotomies* Help prevent leaking urine when you sneeze or cough. For more on how to conduct Kegel exercises, read "Kegel-size."

3. Explore Other Intimate Activities
If you’re not feeling well, let your partner know and be open to exploring other forms of intimacy to maintain that connection. There are so many ways to be intimate with your partner outside of just making love. Read a book together, cuddle during a romantic movie or let him massage and rub your feet—especially when they tend to be swollen from the pregnancy.

4. Get in the Mood
Morning sickness or nausea is often a phase of your first trimester, which will eventually pass. If you are not feeling well, it’s important that your partner is understanding and patient with you. However, if you are feeling well, it’s imperative to make time for intimacy even if you're not "in the mood." With the exception of a health reason specified by your doctor, you should make an effort to be intimate and be careful not to rely on the pregnancy as an excuse to put off spending romantic time with your spouse. Sometimes, women find that they may not be in the mood initially, but if they make time and go with the flow they find they are really enjoying themselves in the process.

5. Be Expressive
A pregnancy is a major life change not just for women, but also for men. There are many reasons that men can become distant or lack desire to have sex—some include fear that they will hurt the baby in some way, or even deeper psychological issues such as the fear they won’t be a good father or won’t be able to handle their new responsibilities. Needless to say, these types of stresses don’t bode well for the kind of relaxed environment that is conducive to an enjoyable intimate experience. Communicate to find out what may be troubling him; a little reassurance can go a long way!

6. Open the Doors of Communication
This is worth repeating! It is vitally important to communicate and set boundaries from the very beginning of what you expect. From the second you realize you are pregnant, you should be talking with one another and emphasizing how important it is to maintain intimacy throughout the first, second and third trimesters—all the way until the baby is born and beyond!

7. Nurture Your Relationship
Make sure that you are not just talking about the baby all of the time. You and your partner have a relationship that is separate from the relationship you will have relative to your child and you need to make sure that you nurture that as well! Establishing the distinction and creating boundaries early could go a long way. By Patty Brisben. Edited by Spicy Wifey.

Patty Brisben, is the CEO and Founder of Pure Romance For more than two decades, Patty has been educating and empowering women all over the country about sexual health and relationship enhancement. Today, Patty speaks, lectures and writes about a wide range of issues. Drawing from extensive research in the industry and using her warm and engaging personality, Patty has become a noted expert in the fields of intimacy and relationships. Patty has been quoted in several magazines including Self, Women's Health, Glamour, Redbook, Men's Health, Details, US Weekly, In Touch and Life & Style.


Mrs. Brown said...

I felt so sexy during my pregnancy! Post pregnancy is a different story...

My hormones were crazy hot, I never asked my husband if he felt awkward with my belly. He didn't seem to mind it. It was a little adventure for us in a way!

Anonymous said...

This is a great post. I am expecting my first baby. Its certainly been an adventure. My husband needs to read this post too.

Spicy Wifey said...

Thanks for sharing Mrs. Brown & expectant Mommy!

Pregnancy is certainly an adventure. Being Spicy during pregnancy can come natural for some and present a challenge for others. We do hope this post helps. It addresses varied situations encountered during pregnancy.

Its imperative to nuture your relationship! Getting your mate involved and sharing information, such as the content in this post, is a way to communicate and work on it together.

When baby comes life is a whole new ball game.

Anonymous said...

I agree I felt very sexy during pregnancy. Up until the last month or so. But I too struggled with post pregnancy weight. My hubbie did a great job of making me feel attractive at every stage of pregnancy, so I am lucky. But it is so important to communicate and include your mate during every stage of the pregnancy so he knows what you feel (tired, bloated, heartburn, unattractive) or whatever so he's aware. He can help.

"the Mrs." said...

This will definitely give me a better outlook on things this time around :)I agree with the previous ladies that last month or so and after...I am definitely dreading. So I better get my mind right now. This should put me on the right path.