Body image

In the early months of your pregnancy, you may be preoccupied with the physical changes occurring in your body. Given the emphasis our culture puts on being slim, you may be upset about these changes. Simply put, you may feel fat and unattractive. These feelings may be especially strong this month, as you start developing a small potbelly.

Changes in your body's shape and function can affect the way you feel. You may feel less attractive in general and to your partner in particular. You may be especially bothered by body image concerns if this is your first pregnancy.

If you have a negative body image, you may be having trouble enjoying or even wanting to have sex with your partner. You may not be able to imagine why your partner would even want to make love.

If you're feeling this way, keep a couple of things in mind. For most women, interest in intercourse continues during pregnancy, but it may decrease a bit. This is normal. Also, though it may be hard for you to believe, you partner is probably proud of the physical changes in your body that come with pregnancy. Ask him about it.

There's more to a sexual relationship than intercourse. Massage can heighten sensuality and intimacy and lead comfortably to intercourse. Or it can be an enjoyable end in itself. Find the balance that works best for you and your partner.

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