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Sex during Pregnancy

Sex during Pregnancy

Can I have sex during pregnancy?

To get pregnant, you have sex, but how about having sex while you’re pregnant? That can work too. Here’s what you need to know. For most women with healthy normal pregnancy, sex can still continue up until your water breaks or you go into labor. The only time you have to soft pedal on sex while pregnant is if there are complications such as preterm labor or placenta problems, in which you may need to abstain from sex altogether for part or all of your pregnancy. Your doctor will be in the best position to let you know the best course to take

Can sex during pregnancy cause a miscarriage or harm the baby?

It’s a relief to know that sex during pregnancy won’t harm the baby or cause a miscarriage. Your baby is protected by the amniotic fluid in your uterus as well as the muscles of the uterus and the thick mucus plug that seals the cervix helps guard against infection. During intercourse, the penis doesn’t go beyond the vagina, so it won’t reach the baby.

Can having sex trigger labor?

No, not if you have a normal, low-risk pregnancy. Sexual stimulation or orgasm cannot start labor or cause a miscarriage. Most miscarriages occur because the fetus isn’t developing normally. While orgasm may cause mild uterine contractions (as can nipple stimulation and the prostaglandins in semen), the contractions are generally temporary and harmless.

Will sex feel different now that I’m pregnant?

Pregnancy in many women has been known to cause changes in level of comfort and sexual desire. It is interesting to know that some women find it more pleasurable for a while. Others may generally find it less so, for part or all of the pregnancy.

Increased blood flow to the pelvic area can cause engorgement of the genitals. The heightened sensation that results may add to your pleasure during sex. You may have more vaginal discharge or moistness, which could also be a plus.

The best way to go about sex during pregnancy is to experiment with your partner and find what works best for you. Your breasts may feel tingly and sensitive to touch, particularly in the first trimester. For some women, it is a turn on while for others, it is a big turn off. If you find that actual penetration makes you uncomfortable, try mutual pleasuring, oral sex, or self-stimulation. Most of all, speak with your partner and make adjustments as a couple to make sex relaxing and pleasurable for both of you.

Remember, too, that there’s more to physical intimacy than sex. Many women will find their sexual appetite fluctuate and may feel too tired, nauseated, moody or not interested in sex at all especially in the first trimester. It is completely normal and should get better over time. If you don’t feel like having sex or your practitioner has advised you not to, you can still hug, kiss, and caress each other.

It’s also not uncommon, however, for desire to wane again in the third trimester, particularly in the last month or two. At this point, you may be too big, achy, or exhausted to make love comfortably. You may feel self-conscious about how your body has changed or preoccupied with the approach of labor and birth. Let your partner know how you feel and reassure him that you still love him. Support eachother through this period and you’ll find yourselves stronger together

Will my pregnancy affect my partner’s sex drive?

Most partners find their pregnant lover as attractive as ever or even more so, though not all do. But there are all kinds of reasons yourfor your partner to be less excited about sex during your pregnancy. Having a baby could cause a change in your finances and that could be a concern for your partner, and that anxiety may affect sexual desire.

The main reason most men become more tentative about sex during pregnancy is a fear thats sex will harm the baby. Speak with your husband if that is the case, reassure him about the safety of sex during pregnancy and let him speak with a doctor if that would calm him down.

Most important, talk to each other about your fears and anxieties, as well as your needs and desires. Open communication can defuse a lot of tension and allow you to relax, enjoy each other, and find ways to be intimate, whether or not you’re having intercourse.

Is oral sex safe during pregnancy?

Oral sex is safe during pregnancy but there are a few points to note . If your partner has had oral herpes or feels one coming on, it is best not to engage in oral sex at all and also blowing into your genital might not be in your best interest. Forcing or blowing air into the vagina could cause an air embolism (a bubble of air that gets into your blood circulation). This rarely happens, but it can be life-threatening for you or the baby. Some research suggest that HIV can be transmitted through microabrasions or tiny cuts in the mouth, so take precautions if your partner is positive.

How can I protect myself from sexually transmitted infections?

If your partner has an active or recently diagnosed sexually transmitted infections (STIs)– that is, you’re not in a mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner – you should abstain from all forms of sex(vaginal, anal or oral) or at least use latex condoms every time you have sex. If latex isn’t a good option for you, use polyurethane male or female condom.

Which are the best sexual positions during pregnancy?

No one can say what position works best, so you have to experiment over time as your belly grows for the position that best suits you and your partner. The missionary position will become increasingly difficult as your belly grows and is almost impossible in the last trimester. (If you do use this position after the first trimester, wedge a pillow under you so you’re tilted and not lying flat on your back, and make sure your partner supports himself so his weight is not on your abdomen.) Let your creativity take over and keep mutual pleasure and comfort in mind.

Do not hesistate to call your doctor if you feel uncomfortable about anything

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