Sex and pain don’t need to come together even during pregnancy, according to the March of Dimes and the Baby Centre. Most women can safely have sex throughout their pregnancy. Some expectant moms are likely to enjoy sex even more while pregnant, due to the increased blood flow to all areas of the body, including the pelvic region.
Vaginismus, a condition where a woman tenses her vaginal muscles due to fear of being hurt from intercourse, can cause painful sex during pregnancy, according to Net Doctor. A woman experiencing an ectopic pregnancy also may suffer pain during sex; ectopic pregnancies happen when a fetus rests in a fallopian tube and not the uterus, according to the Mayo Clinic. Such pregnancies must be medically terminated, or the woman risks losing her reproductive organs or even dying as a result. Problems with the cervix or untreated infections, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, can also cause painful sex during pregnancy.
Some women can experience painful sex during pregnancy due to their lovemaking position being all wrong, according to the March of Dimes. Woman on top is a great way to enjoy sex during pregnancy while controlling the depth of penetration in an effort to avoid pain or discomfort. Also, side by side intercourse, perhaps the spooning position, can alleviate any unwanted feelings of pain or bodily pressure. Another great position to try during pregnancy is getting on your hands and knees. But keep in mind that this suggested position probably won’t be too comfortable during the third trimester, when your belly is usually rather large.
A few women can’t safely have any kind of intercourse during pregnancy, according to the March of Dimes. Not only can serious pain result, but also premature labor and, in some cases, even miscarriage. If your doctor has noted that you have a high-risk pregnancy, you should avoid intercourse during pregnancy and opt for alternative intimate activities, such as cuddling and sensual massage.
Sex is more likely to be difficult or even painful during the third trimester, according to the March of Dimes. During the first trimester, symptoms, such as morning sickness, can thwart potential sexual pleasure. Usually, pregnant women who stay sexually active enjoy intercourse the most during the second trimester.
Foreplay and adequate lubrication is always a good idea to make sex pleasurable rather than painful, but it must be placed as priorities during pregnancy, according to the March of Dimes. Open communication with your partner, especially about what doesn’t feel right during this time in your life, is another key toward avoiding unwanted pain during sexual relations.
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