If you think you're the only one who stresses about your sex life when you're expecting, guess what? You're not.
You don't need us to tell you that having sex during pregnancy can be a roller coaster of emotions ("My boobs hurt!"/"I'm nauseous!"/"I'm horny!"). And in addition to these conflicting feelings, you may be harboring some serious body woes ("Ugh, I look fat."). But here's reassuring news: According to Yvonne K. Fulbright, Ph.D., author of Your Orgasmic Pregnancy: Little Sex Secrets Every Hot Mama Should Know, men have their own set of gripes when it comes to sex and pregnancy. (And no, it has nothing to do with how big you get.)
"Naturally, people focus on the woman during pregnancy, so men's feelings are often overlooked," Fulbright says. "But husbands experience everything alongside their wives, and their psyche is affected, too."
So how freaked out do guys get? Some worry if the baby can see you do it, while others wonder if their penis can pierce the baby's forehead during sex.
"It's a myth that the baby will be harmed during sex," Fulbright says. "The fetus is protected by the embryonic fluid and sack -- so it's impossible for the penis to get past the cervix."
"Many men also worry orgasm will trigger labor, but studies show it's not true," Fulbright says. "In fact, women who continue having sex in their later trimesters are less likely to deliver during the 37th week of pregnancy compared to those who aren't sexually active."
And the best news? Sex during pregnancy can be the hottest you've ever had. Seriously. [CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT WHY.]
For starters, your hair is shinier, your skin smoother, and you're positively glowing. Plus, your bod is curvier than ever (hello, cleavage!). And thanks to all that increased blood flow to the genital area, almost anything can be an instant turn-on (wearing tight jeans, your hubby in a towel, etc.) so you're always raring to go.
As one worn-out hubby put it: "I can't keep up! My pregnant wife is so horny, and I'm exhausted!"
Plus, all that sex gives your marriage an emotional boost. "For most couples, making love while they're pregnant can be extremely intimate," Fulbright says. "It can be very freeing to toss your birth control, which takes pressure off both people. And the fact that you're creating this amazing little person makes your union very special."
And science proves it: According to a Polish study, when pregnant women have sex, their self-esteem and sexual satisfaction skyrockets, bolstering their marital bond.
Need more motivation to hit the sheets?
"Women who maintain their sex lives during pregnancy bounce back quicker after delivery compared to those who swear off sex," Fulbright says. "However, that doesn't just mean intercourse. Staying connected through kissing, cuddling, and holding hands will reap similar results."
What are your feelings on pregnancy sex: hot or not?