Sex During Pregnancy

Can I have sex during pregnancy?

This is a question that is in the mind of many pregnant women. Having sex to get pregnant is one thing and sex after child birth is another. But having sex during pregnancy? It is common for women to wonder whether sex is safe when they are pregnant. Your partner may also sometimes worry if sexual intercourse may cause discomfort or pain for you. Concerns like this are common and completely normal, but most of them are unproven.

Unless your doctor advises you otherwise, sex during pregnancy is safe for you and your baby. The baby is protected by the Amniotic Fluid in your womb and by your abdomen. You can continue to have sex as far into pregnancy, right up until birth, as long as you and your partner are comfortable. And having orgasms are safe too. This section will give you information that you need to know about this subject. However, consult your doctor who will give you further advice as per your present medical condition as well as that of your partner.

Sexual desire during pregnancy
Your body goes through various changes during pregnancy and this has an impact on your desire to have sex. The early phase of pregnancy puts your body through various hormonal changes and feelings of tiredness and nausea may weaken your sex urge. Likewise weight gain, back pain or other conditions during the final phase of pregnancy will also cause a lack in sexual desire. During the second Trimester when there is an increased blood flow to your sexual organs and breasts, your desire to have sex will often increase.

Sex during pregnancy: Is Miscarriage a risk factor?

Miscarriages are often the result of Chromosomal or Genetic abnormalities and have hardly anything to do with sex during pregnancy. Your doctor will clear your doubts and apprehensions in this matter.

Will sex hurt my baby?
No. It will not. Your baby is well protected by the Amniotic Fluid in your Uterus and also by mucous plugs that blocks the Cervix. This not only protects your baby from infections, but also prevents your partner’s Penis from touching the baby.

Amniotic fluid

Is it ok to masturbate during pregnancy?
Masturbation is a great stress buster and relieves you and your partner of a lot of sexual tension. Couples who are anxious about penetrative sex can opt for mutual masturbation. Masturbation will not hurt your baby.

Can I have orgasms?
Sure you can! Orgasms do cause uterine contractions, but this should not be mixed up with the kind of contractions that you'll feel during labor. Many women also fear that orgasms lead to Premature Labor or premature birth.

This is not so. If your pregnancy has been normal, having orgasms either during intercourse or through masturbation will not cause Premature Labor or birth.
Points to remember
Miscarriage is not a risk factor
Your partner's Penis will not touch the baby.
Masturbation during pregnancy is normal.
Orgasms are normal too.
Oral sex is safe during pregnancy.
Choose a comfortable position for sex.

Oral sex during pregnancy
It is safe to have oral sex during pregnancy. Caution your partner not to blow air into your Vagina. It may block a blood vessel—a condition called air embolism— which can be dangerous for you and your baby.

Positions for sex during pregnancy
Choose the position that is most comfortable for you and your partner. However, do not lie down flat on your back during sexual intercourse as your Uterus can apply unwanted pressure on the veins behind your abdomen causing you a lot of discomfort..

When not to have sex during pregnancy
If you have vaginal bleeding or discharge for unknown reasons.

If you or your partner have sexually transmitted disease such as herpes, genital warts, Chlamydia or HIV. This can be dangerous for you and your baby.

If you have a history of premature birth, preterm labor or miscarriage

If you have Placenta previa, or a very low-lying Placenta.

If your Cervix opens prematurely, there is a risk of infection due to sexual activity.

Leakage of Amniotic Fluid.

If you're carrying two or more babies, your doctor may advise you not to have sex late in pregnancy. Listen to your doctor's advice.

Sex after delivery
It is necessary to wait for at least 6 weeks before restarting your sex life after delivering your baby. This is because your body needs time to recover and heal whether you gave birth vaginally or by Cesarean Section.

Talk to your doctor
if you are unsure whether sex is safe for you. Inform your doctor if you notice any unusual symptoms after intercourse, such as pain, bleeding or discharge, or if you experience contractions that seem to continue after sex.

Points to remember
Miscarriage is not a risk factor
Your partner's Penis will not touch the baby.
Masturbation during pregnancy is normal.
Orgasms are normal too.
Oral sex is safe during pregnancy.
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