You Asked: Is It Ok To Have Sex During Pregnancy? Experts Answer

Date April 26, 2018 15:29

Many future mothers are concerned whether it's safe for them to have sex during pregnancy. There are plenty of myths surrounding this sensitive subject, and some of them are downright ridiculous (no, the baby won't know what's happening when you and your partner are getting it on). So, to bring some clarity to this issue, below we list five facts about sex during pregnancy.

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Sex during pregnancy is generally safe

A woman with uncomplicated pregnancy has no reason not to have sex if she wants to. But, in some situations, it's recommended to refrain from sex (these include abnormal vaginal bleeding, leaking amniotic fluid, placenta previa, and a history of preterm labor). Ask your gynecologist whether sex is safe for you.

It's normal to have increased or decreased libido during pregnancy

As your levels of sex hormones change during pregnancy, you may find yourself either not in the mood for sex or having an increased sexual desire. And it's not only hormones that influence your libido. You may either feel self-conscious about your new look or feel prettier and sexier than before, and that also reflects on your libido.

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Penetration can't hurt the baby

Your baby is shielded by amniotic fluid and strong uterus muscles, so having a vaginal intercourse with your partner can't hurt your little one.

Your position also has little influence

Classic sex positions are safe for you and your baby. You should be fine as long as you and your partner are comfortable in the process. But as your belly grows, you may need to adapt. For example, spooning (you and your partner on your sides) should be quite comfortable for you both.

Pregnancy can't protect you from STIs

If your partner has a sexually transmitted infection, you should abstain from having sex with the said partner altogether. Many STIs, including gonorrhea, chlamydia, genital herpes, and HIV/AIDS, pose a great risk to the unborn baby, as they may lead to birth defects.

Don't be shy to ask your gynecologist any questions about sex during pregnancy. He or she is the most qualified person to give answers.

Source: Mayo Clinic, WebMD, Health Magazine

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