Masturbation During Pregnancy
When you think about pregnancy, we doubt the first thing that comes to mind is masturbation.
Just because someone is pregnant doesn’t mean they are unable to practice a wonderfully sensual masturbation practice. Pleasure and pregnancy are not mutually exclusive!
Just in case you’re wondering – yes, masturbation while pregnant is perfectly safe. Unless your doctor advises against it.
It’s also important to note that it is perfectly normal and okay not to masturbate or want to have sex while you are pregnant. There are so many things in your ever-changing body that it can be difficult to feel aroused.
Why should you masturbate while pregnant?
The biggest reason to masturbate while pregnant is natural – because you want to!
After that, masturbation offers a variety of benefits, especially for pregnant people.
Pregnancy can be a stressful time. Masturbation is a great way to blow off some steam and relieve stress. If you’re feeling anxious or having trouble sleeping – which is common during pregnancy – masturbation can be a great way to combat these feelings and help you regulate.
After all, masturbation is self-care, and when is it better to practice self-care than during pregnancy?
Adjust yourself to your body
It is normal to feel disconnected from your body and sense of joy during pregnancy.
Masturbation gives you time to connect with your body in ways that have nothing to do with the fact that you are about to become human.
You deserve to feel as sexual, sensual, and connected as you would like while you are pregnant.
While orgasms by no means have to be the ultimate end goal of masturbation, they are sure to be nice when they happen!
In fact, your orgasms can be even stronger during pregnancy.
A pregnant person’s blood volume can increase by up to 50%! This means that some of the extra blood goes straight to your genitals. Having a particularly sensitive vulva means your orgasms may be much stronger.
Elevated levels of the hormones progesterone, estrogen, and oxytocin can also lead to supercharged orgasms and masturbation sessions.
Prepare for work
Orgasms cause the uterus to contract again and again in a manner similar to, but different from, the way it does during labor.
Masturbation during pregnancy can help tighten the uterus, which can help prepare the body for labor.
Not only that, some people even find relief from sexual stimulation during labor. It’s not uncommon for people to use vibrators, breast stimulation, or manual clitoral massage while working. Some people even have orgasm births!
Why not prepare for labor by masturbating while pregnant?
An alternative to sex
Whether or not you have a partner, sex during pregnancy may not be on the table for you.
If you normally have penetrative sex, you and your partner may not be so open to it for some reason. Masturbation gives you the opportunity to remain sexual while respecting each other’s comfort zones.
If you have a partner, you can also try masturbating each other. Watching each other touch each other is a hot exercise. It gives you the opportunity to connect on an intimate level while being aware of the sexual limitations of pregnancy.
Tips on masturbation during pregnancy
During pregnancy, your masturbation routine may not be convenient or inaccessible.
Just like with other forms of pregnancy sex, you may need to get creative when it comes to positions.
Here are some techniques to try:
- The pillow palace: Prop yourself up on a number of pillows, and support your knees with even more pillows. This gives you easy access to your clitoris while also supporting your pregnant body. You can even prop your bum a little on a pillow and try different angles.
- Lateral position: This is possibly the most reliable position, especially as you move forward in your pregnancy. Here, too, pillows are your friend. You can use pillows to support your stomach, between your knees, under your head, and behind your back.
- Get on all fours: If this is comfortable for you, try doggystyle solo sex! Once again, when there’s too much pressure on your knees, pillows are your friend.
- The bathtub: Talk about the ultimate self-care session. Grab a waterproof toy, some Epsom salts and say “Ahh, OHHHH”!
Are There Reasons to Avoid Masturbation During Pregnancy?
If your doctor advises against masturbating during pregnancy, it may be because you are at high risk or have a medical condition that can potentially lead to complications.
Pregnancy complications that can affect your ability to masturbate include placenta previa and a history of preterm labor.
It’s important to note that if your provider tells you not to have sex, masturbation doesn’t necessarily have to be ruled out. Be sure to ask for clarification and whether masturbation or external stimulation is still on the table!