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Can Pregnancy Decrease Sexual Desire?

Can Pregnancy Decrease Sexual Desire?
Still, the body changes that come with pregnancy can also turn familiar territory into terra incognita. Carla, of Milwaukee, says that when she was pregnant with her daughter Jesse, now 2, "it was like I was having sex with someone different. The fit was off, and frankly it just didn't feel that good, so we stopped." The experience was bizarre enough that Carla swore off sex for the rest of her pregnancy, something that's not uncommon.

Fifty-eight percent of women in a Canadian study reported that their desire dwindled during pregnancy. Expectant dads can be affected, too, not only because you look and feel different but because as the pregnancy progresses, he'll see and feel the baby move. While he confronts the reality of impending fatherhood, the concern that the baby is somehow "watching" could take the wind out of his sails.

Most of what causes a change in sex drive are mental and emotional, rather than physiological.

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