The Internet is abuzz today with ‘news’ about what Jessica Simpson will name her daughter (Maxwell) and how she told Ryan Seacrest that pregnancy made her sexually “unstoppable.” Maybe that’s more info than you’d care to know, but what Jess is experiencing is fairly common. Because of pregnancy hormones and other body changes, lots of women report having an unusually high sex drive during pregnancy.
Simpson also told Seacrest:
“Like the big ‘O’ is like the biggest ‘O’ ever.”
Also common for pregnant women. According to Heidi Murkoff, author of the pregnancy bible What To Expect When You’re Expecting, during pregnancy “your vulva is becoming engorged from extra blood flow and even more sensitive, which could lead to more enjoyable pregnancy sex.”
Murkoff says the hyperactive sex drive may be most pronounced during the first trimester, “when hormonal havoc is at its height,” but for some women it continues “right up until delivery day.”
Not all pregnant women experience an increased sex drive, however. For some, hormonal changes during pregnancy—along with self-consciousness about body changes and/or pregnancy-related nausea and pains—can lead to decreased libido. I guess Simpson (and Maxwell’s daddy) are lucky.