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The reason you have a high sex drive during pregnancy

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Noticed that you've been feeling uncharacteristically horny since becoming pregnant? It's no myth that a lot of women experience a higher sex drive during pregnancy and there's some science behind it. It's important to remember that just because you're pregnant, you don't have to ignore those increased desires, as it's usually safe to continue having sex regularly if you feel like it. In fact - many women say that orgasms are much more powerful when they are pregnant, so if that's not reason enough - what is?

Why am I horny now I'm pregnant?

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1) Increased levels of Estrogen 

Your estrogen levels are likely to be higher during pregnancy as estrogen stimulates the growth of your uterus and improves blood flow between the uterus and placenta by enhancing the effect of nitric oxide, a gas that widens blood vessels. It also prepares your breasts for healthy milk production by enlarging your milk ducts. Estrogen levels can affect your mood and certainly increase your sex drive which could peak just before birth, when levels are at their highest, and decline shortly afterwards. 
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2) Increased levels of Relaxin

Relaxin is a hormone that sounds exactly like what it is. It loosens up the intrauterine ligaments so that the fetus's living quarters are increased, allowing room for your little one to grow. Relaxin also increases blood flow, which could be part of the reason you're feeling a bit hot around the collar. 
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3) Increased levels of Oxytocin

Oxytocin is the "feel-good" hormone that helps us to bond with others and form connections. Levels will be at their peak in the days and weeks immediately before delivery when many women will experience a kind of mild euphoria and strong nesting behaviour. So if you're feeling tactile - that's why! 

Interestingly, it's this lovely hormone that will allow you to form a strong bond with your new-born, as huge bursts of oxytocin run through the brain during delivery. When you finally meet your baby, you will develop what's called "baby lust", a chemical reaction that happens when a baby's pheromones stimulate the production of your oxytocin, thus forming an extraordinary bond between mother and baby. 
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4) An engorged vulva

It's also possible that your vulva might become engorged and extra sensitive during pregnancy, which will make you likely to want to have sex more often. 
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5) Breast growth

As your breasts are getting ready to produce milk, they will be swelling with hormones and this can produce pleasurable sensations for some women. Did you know you can have breast orgasms? We couldn't believe it either, but there is some scientific evidence in various medical journals, such as the Journal of Sexual Medicine, Volume 8, 2011. It claims that nipple stimulation activates the same region of the brain as clitoral, vaginal and cervical stimulation. So there's really no harm in taking advantage of this hormonal period in which your breasts may be swelling.

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