Sexual Desire during Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a moment of big changes in a woman’s life. And those changes also include physical attraction toward the opposite sex. It seems that pregnant women are not so attracted by the physical aspects as much as qualities such as reliability (including the financial type), responsibility and kindness. A study, whose findings have been published in Evolution and Human Behavior, was conducted by two anthropologists from the California State University at Fullerton. The researchers analysed the behaviors and perceptions related to sex of 112 pregnant women.

Sexual desire towards one’s partner remained constant even during pregnancy when the woman found her partner to be stable, understanding, willing to invest their time and energy in family and when there was an adequate social and economic level. The study also found that sexual attraction during pregnancy is not connected to external appearance and the physical qualities of the partner. Yet a desire remains even when the woman perceives a threat to the stability of the relationship. Until now, research about female sexuality has been focused on physiological and motives and evolution by which women tend to look for a partner who can increase the probability of being pregnant.

The study from California State University confirms that even once this reproductive “objective” has been achieved, the sexual behaviors and desires follow a certain logic. In evolutionary terms, importance is given to supporting the family emotionally, economically, and socially.

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