Sex during pregnancy can be safe and healthy under normal circumstances. The fetus will not be disturbed when you have intercourse and having an orgasm will not cause you to go into labor. If you are experiencing certain complications with your pregnancy, you should avoid sex, though. Sex may also not be healthy if you are carrying more than one child. Talk with your doctor to determine if it is safe to have sex during your pregnancy.
If all goes well, you won’t have to worry about any complications during your pregnancy. Unfortunately, some risk factors can arise in the nine months between conception and birth. Sex can exacerbate certain complications. If you have a history of miscarriages or of going into labor early, your doctor may recommend that you avoid sex. You should also skip sex if you are experience vaginal bleeding, leak amniotic fluid or have a weakened cervix.
Not Tonight, Honey
When you were not pregnant, there were times when you didn’t feel in the mood for sex. The same will hold true during your pregnancy, though you may experience more fluctuation in your sex drive. As your pregnancy goes on, you may experience physical discomfort during sex that will make the act less enjoyable. Don’t feel pressured to have sex if you do not want to. Maintain intimacy with your partner without intercourse by cuddling, kissing and remaining emotionally available.
Skip This When Pregnant
Certain sex acts can be dangerous when you are pregnant. You may want to avoid anal sex, since it may be particularly uncomfortable, especially if you have hemorrhoids. Anal sex also puts you and your fetus at risk for infection, since bacteria can travel to the vagina from the rectum.
While oral sex is generally safe, if your partner accidentally blows air into your vagina, you may develop an air embolism. An embolism blocks a blood vessel and can be fatal.
Know Your Partner
Practice safer sex during your pregnancy. If you have sex with a person who has an unknown history, you not only put your body at risk, but your baby’s body as well. Any sexually transmitted infection you get while pregnant can be passed along to the fetus growing inside you. If you have sex with more than one partner, always use a condom.
Once the Baby Is Born
Once you have given birth, it is a good idea to wait about a month before having sex again. Waiting will allow your cervix to return to its original size if you gave birth vaginally. If you had a C-section, you will want to let your scars heal. You may also find you are too tired for sex once there is an infant in the house. Remain close with your partner by checking in with each other and planning special together time.
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