Pregnant women and their partners frequently ask if having sex during pregnancy is safe. Will it result in a miscarriage? Will it be harmful to the unborn child? Are there any sexual positions to avoid?
It’s perfectly safe to have sex during pregnancy unless your doctor or midwife has told you not to.
Actually, sex may be more enjoyable during pregnancy because the pressure to have a baby is removed.
And if you’ve spent most of your reproductive years trying not to get pregnant, you’re also out of the woods.
If you’re having a normal pregnancy, sex is a natural and normal aspect of it.
The movement of penetration and intercourse will not hurt the baby, who is protected by your abdomen and the muscular walls of the uterus. The fluid in the amniotic sac also cushions your baby.
Orgasmic contractions are not the same as labor contractions. Nonetheless, some doctors advise avoiding sex in the later weeks of pregnancy as a general precaution, believing that substances in sperm called prostaglandins can promote contractions.
Women who are overdue and seek to induce birth may be an exception. Because the gel used to “ripen” the cervix and induce labor also includes prostaglandins, some doctors believe that prostaglandins in semen actually induce labor in a full-term or past-due pregnancy. Other experts, however, believe that the semen/labor relationship is simply a theory and that having intercourse does not cause labor.
During pregnancy, your blood volume increases by roughly 40 per cent.
This not only causes enlarged breasts but also increases sensitivity across all of your erogenous zones, resulting in more intense, even repeated, orgasms.
Your sex drive will most likely fluctuate throughout pregnancy which will likely evaporate during your first trimester when you’re tired and nauseated.
One becomes more active in the second trimester when high levels of hormones send your libido through the roof, and then taper off as your due date approaches and you feel achy, unwieldy, and nervous about impending parenthood.