Sex During Pregnancy

Having Sex During Pregnancy

Has pregnancy affected your interest in sex? Or is sex the last of your interests? Whatever it is, here is some information you need to know about having sex during pregnancy.

Is it possible to have sex during pregnancy?

As long as your pregnancy is proceeding normally, you can have as much sex as you want – but you may not always want to.

At first, hormonal fluctuations, fatigue, and nausea can dampen sexual desire. As your pregnancy progresses, you may experience weight gain, back pain, and other pregnancy symptoms that may dampen your enthusiasm for sex.

Your emotions may also negatively affect your sexual performance.

You may be preoccupied with some concerns about the impact of pregnancy or the baby on your relationship with your spouse – even though you’re excited and anticipating a new family member. Your fear of harm to the fetus or anxiety about childbirth may affect your sexual performance negatively. There is also an effect of changing your self-image, especially as your pregnancy progresses.

Does intercourse during pregnancy cause a miscarriage?

Sex generally does not cause a miscarriage, however, many couples have fears of miscarriage due to intercourse. Almost always, an early miscarriage is due to chromosomal abnormalities or problems with fetal development — and it has nothing to do with what you do or avoid.

Is intercourse during pregnancy harmful to the fetus?

The amniotic fluid protects the fetus inside your womb, and it’s just as strong as your uterine muscles. Sexual activity will not affect the fetus.

What are the best sexual positions during pregnancy?

As long as you are comfortable, all sexual positions are available during pregnancy.

As your pregnancy progresses, you can experiment to discover which one works best. Instead of lying on your back, for example, you might want to sleep next to your husband sideways, on top of your husband, or facing your husband from the front.

Leave it to your creativity, as long as you feel happy and at peace of mind.

Are condoms important?

Exposure to sexually transmitted infections during pregnancy can harm the pregnancy and the health of the fetus.

Use a condom if your husband has a sexual infection

Does orgasm cause premature birth?

Orgasm may cause uterine contractions, but these contractions are different from those you feel during childbirth. Orgasm – whether during or outside intercourse – does not cause premature birth.

Likewise, intercourse does not induce labor even as it approaches its due date.

Are there times when intercourse should be avoided?

Although most women can have safe sex during pregnancy, there are some times to be careful

Your health care provider may advise you to avoid sex if:

  • If you had a previous history of preterm birth
  • If you suffer from vaginal bleeding for no reason
  • If you suffer from low amniotic fluid
  • If the cervix opens too early (cervical insufficiency)
  • If the placenta completely or partially covers the opening of the cervix (placenta previa)

What if I don’t want to have sex?

Well, there is more than one sexual alternative other than intercourse.

Talk openly and lovingly with your spouse about your needs and concerns. If intercourse is difficult, unattractive, or taboo, try another form of contact — such as hugs, kisses, or massages.

After the baby is born, what is the earliest time to have sex?

Whether it was a natural birth or a C-section, your body will need a period of time to recover. Most health care providers recommend waiting 6 weeks before returning to have intercourse. This time allows the cervix to close and for the wound or perineal incision (which has been stitched up) to heal.

If you’re so hurt or exhausted that you can’t even think about sex, maintain intimacy by other means. Stay in touch with your spouse during the day with short phone calls, emails, or text messages. Keep a few quiet minutes between yourself and your partner at the beginning of the day or before you go to bed.

When you’re ready to have sex, start gently — and use effective contraception if you want to prevent pregnancy later.