Has pregnancy boosted your interest in sex? Or is sex the last thing on your mind? Either way, here’s what you need to know about sex during pregnancy. If you want to get pregnant, you have sex. But what about sex during pregnancy?
Here’s what you need to know about sex during pregnancy.
Can you have sex during pregnancy?
Your developing baby is protected by the amniotic fluid in your uterus, as well as the strong muscles in the uterus itself. Sexual activity will not affect your baby, as long as you don’t have complications such as premature labor or placenta problems. However, pregnancy can cause changes in your comfort level and sexual desire.
Can sex during pregnancy cause miscarriage?
Sex during pregnancy does not cause miscarriage. Most miscarriages happen because the fetus is not developing normally.
What are the best sex positions during pregnancy?
As long as you’re comfortable, most sex positions are okay during pregnancy. Oral sex is also safe during pregnancy. As your pregnancy progresses, experiment to find what works best. Let your creativity take over, as long as you keep mutual pleasure and comfort in mind.
Are condoms necessary?
Having a sexually transmitted infection during pregnancy can cause serious health problems for you and your baby. Avoid all forms of sexual intercourse if your partner has an active or recently diagnosed sexually transmitted infection.
Use a condom if:
You are not in a mutually monogamous relationship
Or if you choose to have sex with a new partner during pregnancy
Are there times when sex should be avoided?
Breast stimulation, female orgasms, and certain hormones in semen called prostaglandins can cause uterine contractions.
Your doctor may recommend that you avoid sex if:
– You have unexplained vaginal bleeding
– You are leaking amniotic fluid
– Your cervix begins to open prematurely (cervical incompetence)
– Your placenta partially or completely covers your cervical opening (placenta previa)
– You have a history of preterm labor or premature birth
What if I don’t want to have sex?
It’s not serious. There is more to intimate sex than sex. Share your needs and concerns with your partner in an open and loving way. If sex is difficult, unappealing, or off limits, try cuddling, kissing, or massaging.