Does sex hurt in early pregnancy?
Lots of women say that sex feels different when they are pregnant. Your genitals can feel hypersensitive because of the increased blood flow to the pelvic area that occurs during pregnancy. Although in theory this should make sex more pleasurable, for some women the heightened sensitivity makes sex feel uncomfortable, though not necessarily painful.
Pregnant women’s breasts can feel much more sensitive than usual. They may ‘tingle’ or feel tender when touched. Some women don’t like their breasts being touched because they feel so sensitive during pregnancy, which can make it hard to get in the mood for sex. Some women experience mild abdominal cramps during or straight after they have sex while pregnant.
Pregnant women might be worried that intercourse could harm the baby. Although it is highly unlikely that your baby will be harmed in any way by your partner’s penis, worries about it could put you off sex.
If you do feel any pain or discomfort during sex while pregnant, talk to your partner. There are other ways to create sexual intimacy, without penetration.
If you are concerned about any pain or stomach cramps during or after sex while you’re expecting, talk to your doctor or midwife.