Sex during pregnancy

Many women and their partners are concerned that having sex may harm their baby, but that’s not the case. You can continue to have sex while you are pregnant as long as there aren’t any complications with the pregnancy and you both want to.

Your baby is well cushioned by a sac of fluid well beyond the neck of the womb (cervix). There’s no medical evidence to suggest that sex during pregnancy does any harm to the baby.

A loving physical relationship is important for your wellbeing during pregnancy, and sexual intercourse can actually help your body to prepare for labour. Your partner’s penis can’t penetrate beyond your vagina, and the baby cannot tell what’s going on.

It is normal for your sex drive to change during pregnancy, though. Don’t worry about this, but do talk about it with your partner.

Later in pregnancy, an orgasm or even sex itself can set off contractions (known as Braxton Hicks contractions). If this happens, you’ll feel the muscles of your womb (uterus) go hard. This is perfectly normal and there’s no need for alarm. If it feels uncomfortable, try your relaxation techniques or just lie quietly until the contractions pass.

Your midwife or doctor will probably advise you to avoid sex if you’ve had any heavy bleeding in pregnancy, since this risks infection in the baby – especially if your waters have broken.

Some couples find having sex very enjoyable during pregnancy, while others simply feel that they don’t want to have sex. You can find other ways of being loving or making love. The most important thing is to talk about your feelings with each other.

Different positions

While sex is safe for most couples in pregnancy, it may not be all that easy. You will probably need to find different positions. This can be a time to explore and experiment together. Sex with your partner on top can become uncomfortable quite early in pregnancy, not just because of the bump but because your breasts might be tender. It can also be uncomfortable if your partner penetrates you too deeply. So it may be better to lie on your sides, either facing each other or with your partner behind.

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Maternity Leave Coach provides free, non-judgemental emotional support and reassurance. We provide guidance on children’s growth, behaviour and development and are able to refer parents to local services. Our maternal child health nurses work with parents to ensure the health and wellbeing of their children and family.

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Northwest Garage, Columbus, OH 43210, USA.

Phone Number: (614) 688-8728