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Questions About Sex During Pregnancy: Answered
You might have had plenty of bedroom sessions with your partner while you were trying to conceive. Now that you’ve succeeded and have that bun in the oven, your feelings towards sex may not be quite so straightforward. There’s probably more information you’ve found about sex before pregnancy and sex after childbirth. But what about sex during pregnancy?
If you feel uneasy about having sex during pregnancy, don’t worry, it’s completely normal and it’s also understandable that you’ll have a number of questions. Fortunately for you, there are plenty of guidelines regarding sex during pregnancy — which address safety and comfort concerns you may have – and some amazing benefits too.
Is sex safe during pregnancy?
The simplest response: yes. In fact, sex is considered safe during all stages of a normal pregnancy. However, it’s always good to get advice from your healthcare provider first, just to make sure you don’t have any complications.
Can sex during pregnancy hurt my baby?
After you chat to your healthcare provider and they’ve given you the green light to have sex during pregnancy, then it’s perfectly safe. The amniotic sac will keep your baby warm and protected while you and your partner heat things up beneath the sheets.
And, before you pull out the myth book, let us assuage your fears: Your baby is nowhere near where the action takes place, your intimate activities WILL NOT poke baby in the head.
Will sex feel different during pregnancy?
As your body is going through different cycles of surging hormones and a rapidly changing body shape, It might feel a bit different. It can feel uncomfortable, irritating or awesome.
Some expectant mothers may develop engorged genitals, which can greatly increase sensitivity and may result in more intense orgasms. But for other women, those physical changes cause them to feel less satisfied than usual.
For women in the latter category, there are a few things you can try such as lubricants if you’re experiencing discomfort during sex. This discomfort is brought about because the vagina and vulva are more swollen at that point in time. If you’re experiencing any pain, however, be sure to contact your healthcare provider.
Use this time to change things up in the bedroom by trying a new approach.
What are the best sex positions during pregnancy?
Whatever feels comfortable to you is okay during pregnancy. Be open to experiment with some new positions as you accommodate your growing baby bump.
Some of the best sex positions for pregnant women include:
- Woman on top
- Partner on top
What are the health risks associated with sex during pregnancy
The amniotic sac acts to protect your baby from infectious organisms, it does not protect against sexually transmitted infections, which remain a significant health risk during pregnancy. STIs that can be dangerous for babies, so if you think you’re at risk, talk to your doctor about getting tested.
When is sex during pregnancy not safe?
Depending on the situation, restrictions on sex may be placed during pregnancy by your healthcare provider.
Some of the more common reasons you may be advised to abstain from sex include:
- Symptoms or history of preterm labour or premature birth
- Diagnosis of an incompetent cervix or placenta previa
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding, discharge or cramping
- Amniotic fluid leakage
- Carrying multiples (twins, triplets and so on)
- Also, don’t have sex if you’re having contractions or your water has broken.
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