In order to get pregnant, you have sex. But what about after you get pregnant, is sex still safe?

Sex during pregnancy

Some women have a increased interest in sex during their pregnancy, while others feel like it’s the last thing on their minds. Still others will find that their interest ebbs and flows throughout their pregnancy. All of these are normal responses to sex as the hormone levels fluctuate during pregnancy.

So the question that naturally comes up is, “Is sex during pregnancy safe?”

Sex and Pregnancy

The general answer is yes it is perfectly safe to have sex while you’re pregnant. However, some women have circumstances in which they need to modify their sexual activity and some have health risks that require them to abstain from sex altogether for part or all of their pregnancy.

First, let’s address some of the common questions about sex during pregnancy:

Q: Can sex during pregnancy hurt the baby?
A: No, sex cannot hurt your baby. In fact, your baby is perfectly safe inside your womb. The amniotic sac and all of the strong muscles in your uterus protect your baby. Additionally, the mucous plug in your cervix prevents against any infection. Finally, a man’s penis doesn’t go passed the vagina, so it can’t reach your baby.

Q: Can sex make you go into labor?
A: If you have a normal pregnancy, no it cannot cause labor. Having an orgasm may cause a slight contraction, but not the type that induce labor.

Q: Will sex feel different when I’m pregnant?
A: Yes, you may feel a difference. Many women do. Some find it much more pleasurable while pregnant, at least at certain times. While others find it less pleasurable. Because there is an increase in blood flow, a women’s genitals may become engorged and this can heighten the sensation during intercourse. You may also experience more vaginal discharge, which can be like extra lubrication.

However, some of the changes you experience while pregnant may not increase or help your desire. For instance, your breasts will be tender and very sensitive at times. You may not want your partner to go anywhere near them. Some women also experience some cramping during or right after sex, this can be unpleasant.

Q: Which sexual positions are best while pregnant?
A: You and your partner will likely want to experiment with different positions to see which are more comfortable than others. As your belly grows, and especially in your third trimester, you may find it more difficult and that only one or two positions will work. Be sure to communicate with your partner, especially at the different stages.

Pregnancy Risk Sex

If there are any risks associated with you having sex while you are pregnant, you will discuss these with your doctor or midwife.

Some of the reasons your doctor may advise against sex at certain stages of your pregnancy include:

  • Placenta previa – a low-lying placenta
  • A history of cervical weakness
  • Bleeding
  • Strong cramping or pain in your abdomen
  • History of miscarriage

If you have any questions about the way you feel about sex or during sex, talk to you doctor about it. He or she is in the best position to help you figure out what is best for you and your baby.

Posted by Christiane Grau

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