You may find it hard to believe, but pregnancy doesn't always spell the end of passion – thanks to your surging hormones and changing body, you could feel sexier than ever before!
As an added bonus, higher levels of oestrogen and progesterone in your body can make your breasts and vagina much more sensitive and responsive.
The increased pregnancy blood flow in this area adds to the heightened sensitivity, so you may find you can become aroused more rapidly, lubricated more readily and even be able to reach orgasm more quickly, too.
Which means it's hardly surprising that some women find that pregnancy is the first time they can have an orgasm – or even multiple orgasms.
Having well fitting, comfortable and attractive lingerie during pregnancy makes you feel good and helps get you and your partner in the mood. You can choose from a wide selection of maternity and nursing bras and there are specialist bra fitters available to ensure you get the right lingerie for you.
Your breasts change drastically during and after pregnancy – it's hard to feel sexy when you are uncomfortable, so the right bra is vital.
After about 24 weeks it's not good to lie on your back for any length of time, so the missionary position is best avoided.*
It's also good to avoid any position that puts pressure on your breasts as they can be very sensitive and tender in pregnancy. So use your bump to provide you with a great excuse to try out some new positions.
Here are some ideas:
There's no pressure on your bump, so it's fab if you don't feel up to swinging-from-the-chandelier style lovemaking.
Lift yourself off your partner's stomach by supporting yourself on bent legs to prevent pressure on your tummy and breasts.
The bedroom is also a great place to practise your pelvic floor exercises as they could take your love life to a whole new dimension. In turn, good sex will help keep your pelvic floor muscles strong.
But don't worry if you don't feel like having the full monty – getting close to your partner can take many forms like stroking, cuddling, massage, mutual stimulation instead.
In most pregnancies, sex is perfectly safe and won't hurt your baby at all. You might feel your baby move around a lot more after you've had an orgasm, but that's quite normal.
In fact, the increased blood flow when you have an orgasm helps to deliver more oxygen and nutrients to your baby.
In the vast majority of cases, sex with a bump is totally safe, but, in some high-risk pregnancies, it should be avoided. If you've had a miscarriage or premature labour in the past, if you notice bleeding or if you've had a ‘show’, always get advice from your doctor first.
It's a popular belief that sex can help to get labour started because semen contains hormones which soften the cervix. But this is more of a myth than medical fact.
If you don't feel like sex you could try stimulating your nipples - it sounds strange, but as it causes the release of the hormone oxytocin which may encourage the uterus to contract it might just get things started!
*Source: NHS Choices