When pregnant the first time – or if being worried that something could go wrong with the pregnancy – a common question to wonder about, but maybe not actually asked is whether it is still OK to have sex during the pregnancy?
Luckily, in most case, the simple answer is YES!
Whether you’re completely uninterested in sex now that you’re pregnant, or you’re feeling sexier than ever, most women find that pregnancy changes their sex lives in ways they never expected. This is probably the first time you have been able to make love without worrying about getting pregnant!
The majority of couples experience ups and downs in sexual desire during the nine months leading up to a baby’s birth. Here’s an outline of what to expect:
Sex during pregnancy can be scary, but some women find it as satisfying as it is at other times. Unless doctor really tells you to avoid sex during pregnancy, it is always safe to enjoy until your water breaks. But, there are certain positions and precautions that you need to keep in mind to make sex more comfortable and pleasant experience during pregnancy. If you want to know more about what measures should be considered while having sex when you’re pregnant, keep reading!
Knowing the basics:
1.Talk to your doctor about the need for any precautions:
Sex is safe during pregnancy if you have a normal or a low- risk pregnancy with few complications. Moreover, your doctor will tell you to avoid sex if there’s any at all. You may be advised to avoid sex if you have experienced any of the following conditions:
- History of premature
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding
- Leakage of amniotic fluid
- Vaginal Infections – Fungal more common
- Cervical Insufficiency
- Other medical conditions
2.Know that sex during pregnancy is usually quite safe:
One of the most common concerns of the expecting mother and father of an unborn child is that sex might hurt the baby, or they might ‘bump into’ the baby during sex, however, in reality, there is no reason to worry about. You should know that a woman’s cervix forms a barrier between her uterus and vagina, cushioning the baby and preventing harm from occurring. It has been seen that many women enjoy a satisfying and a fulfilling healthy sexual relationship with their partner throughout their pregnancy period, right up until their delivery date.
Even if things like this keep worrying you, do talk to your doctor during a prenatal visit as little assurance from him that sex will not hurt the baby may help both of you feel more comfortable with the idea of having sex during the pregnancy.
3.Know that orgasms can cause uterine contractions:
Keep in mind that achieving orgasms during pregnancy can cause uterine contractions but do not lead to. If you are experiencing such contractions for the first time, things might confuse you, but remember that orgasms are unlikely to cause, so there is no need to worry on these grounds.
4.Understand how sex can feel different when you’re pregnant:
During pregnancy, there is increased blood flow to the pelvic area. Due to this reason, many women may feel increased sensation in the clitoris during a sexual encounter. For some, it may be an enjoyable and pleasant experience while others may get uncomfortable and irritated with such experience. The following changes may also be experienced by women:
- Sore nipples
- Feeling of fullness after sex
- Increased vaginal discharge
- Abdominal cramping after sex
5.Practice smart sex:
Both partners should follow smart sex habits even during the pregnancy period to avoid the chances of getting affected by infections. Better use condom each time you have sex. It is important to note that putting yourself at risk of infection may put the baby at risk as well.
Many, though not all, pregnant women find their sex drive diminishes during the first trimester. You may be too exhausted and nauseated to think about sex, and sore breasts may also limit your desire to be touched. If you’re not feeling in the mood, you’re in good company: One study shows that 54 percent of pregnant women experience diminished desire during the first trimester. Don’t worry. Your interest is likely to pick up again in just a few weeks.
For many women, this is the golden time of pregnancy, particularly when it comes to sex. The fatigue and nausea have lifted, and you may be feeling sexy again as you begin to “show.” Physically, your clitoris and vagina are more engorged from the increased blood volume, which may increase pleasure. (Many women become orgasmic or even multi-orgasmic for the first time during the second trimester.) Be aware that dads may feel inhibited as they come to terms with the fact that you are carrying a real, live baby. They may be concerned about hurting the baby or about him “overhearing” sexual activity. Talk to your doctor or midwife about any concerns you have, and try to enjoy this period.
Toward the end of the final trimester, many couples experience a drop in sexual activity. The sheer girth of a pregnant woman’s belly may make lovemaking difficult — except in a few “creative” positions. Even so, many couples continue to enjoy relations right up until the end. Can sex late in pregnancy cause preterm labor? A recent study by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists shows that intercourse after 29 weeks does not increase a woman’s risk for preterm labor (assuming that the pregnancy is a normal one).
Explore some practices that can help you to have comfortable sex with your partner during pregnancy:
- Use lots of pillows: Do not forget to take the help of pillows to enjoy sex while you are pregnant. Use them under your bottom or other parts of your body to prop yourself and get more comfortable. Keep in minds that if one position doesn’t work for you, do not hesitate to modify or try new positions by using more pillows to achieve a better angle.
- Go easy on yourself: Keep in mind that if sex doesn’t feel good during pregnancy, there is no need to push yourself too hard. It is very common that some women find sex uncomfortable while other women are found less interested due to reduced sex drive. So, do what feels right for you, and make sure you communicate your needs to your partner openly without any hesitation.
All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.