Is Sex Safe During Pregnancy?

By in Pregnancy & Labor on 08 March 2009

Many couples often worry whether sex during pregnancy is safe. It is only common for many couples to be concerned, whether intercourse can in any way harm their unborn baby. It may then help if you understand how sex may, or may not affect your growing baby. Here are the most common questions that expectant couples have:

– Does the pressure on the womb during intercourse cause any harm to the baby?
– Can orgasm cause premature labor or miscarriage?
– If sex is allowed, are there certain restrictions that need to be followed?

If you have any of these concerns, you are not alone. It is then very important to have prenatal check-ups, so that your doctor can monitor your pregnancy. If your pregnancy is progressing normally, your doctor may not restrict you to engage in intercourse. While orgasms cause the womb to contract, these are not the same contractions that a woman gets during labor. In normal pregnancies, orgasms do not seem to increase a woman’s risk of premature labor or premature birth. The causes of early miscarriages are usually due to chromosomal abnormalities, and not because of any activity that a woman may engage in.

Your doctor can give you the best advice when to abstain from sex during pregnancy. Maintain open communication lines, and raise any concerns that you may have. It is important that you know any restrictions, so that pregnancy-related risks can be avoided. Here are the common reasons why doctors would restrict sex during pregnancy.

– Placenta previa or a low-lying placenta
– Incompetent cervix
– If you a history of premature labor/birth or miscarriage
– If your partner has a STD or sexually transmitted disease
– If you have vaginal bleeding or discharge
– If you are leaking amniotic fluid

If you have any of these conditions during the course of your pregnancy, your doctor may strictly advice you to abstain from sex. In normal pregnancies, a woman’s body is capable of protecting an unborn baby from harm. In the womb, your growing baby is protected by the amniotic fluid, which primarily keeps the baby cushioned from sudden blows or movements. The baby is also protected by a mucus plug which blocks the cervix, thereby keeping bacteria from entering the uterus.

It may also be good to recognize how your body changes to accommodate the growing baby. After all, these changes may affect your desire to have sex with your partner. As your body is still adjusting to the changes, you may find that you have a diminished desire to have sex. This is normal during the first trimester when pregnancy discomforts abound. The second trimester is the stage when women feel quite comfortable with their pregnancy. Thus, a woman may have a renewed desire for sex. However, during the last trimester when weight gain and other discomforts set in, your desire for sex may again be diminished.

Since many changes are expected, talk openly with your partner so that you can make changes when necessary. Maintaining intimacy is an important part of a relationship, but for the time being, certain adjustments may have to be made. Keep in mind that you and your partner can still keep the intimacy, even without an intercourse.


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