Sex during pregnancy
Is it ok to have sex during pregnancy?
- At first trimester, hormonal fluctuations, fatigue and nausea may sap your sexual desire
- During the second trimester, increased blood flow to your sexual organs and breasts may rekindle your desire for sex
- During the third trimester, weight gain, back pain and other symptoms may once again dampen your enthusiasm for sex
Can sex during pregnancy cause a miscarriage?
- But it is always better to avoid sex during first trimester (12 weeks), though the chances of miscarriage are less, few cases of have been reported
- It’s better to avoid sex in last trimester (last 3 months) as rupture of bag of membranes can cause premature labor
Does sex during pregnancy harm the baby?
What are the best sexual positions during pregnancy?
- As long as you're comfortable, most sexual positions are OK during pregnancy
- As your pregnancy progresses, experiment to find what works best
- Rather than lying on your back, you might want to lie next to your partner sideways or position yourself on top of your partner or in front of your partner
Safe sexual positions in pregnancy
- Woman on top- this allows you to control the depth of penetration, and the majority of the movement
- Spooning- usually its best if the man is behind allowing his penis to go between your thighs and enter you from behind
- Hands & Knees- this is a very good position for pregnant women again because of the lack of direct pressure on the abdomen
What about oral and anal sex?
- Oral sex is safe during pregnancy. There's a caveat, however
- If you receive oral sex, make sure your partner doesn't blow air into your vagina
- Rarely, a burst of air may block a blood vessel (air embolism) — which could be a life-threatening condition for you and the baby
Should my partner use a condom?
Can orgasms trigger premature labour?
Are there times when sex should be avoided?
- You are at a risk of premature labour
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding
- Leaking amniotic fluid
- Cervical incompetence
- Placenta previa
- Active sexually transmitted disease of partner
After the baby is born, how soon can I have sex?
- Whether you give birth vaginally or by C-section, your body will need time to heal
- It’s recommended to wait for four to six weeks before resuming intercourse
- This allows time for your cervix to close and any tears or a repaired episiotomy to heal