Sex During Pregnancy - Is it Safe?

When a woman realizes that she is carrying a baby, it is normal that she is concerned if making love is safe. In addition, men quite often avoid having sex with a pregnant woman due to their misbelieve that they may harm their unborn child.

So, let’s see if sex during pregnancy is really safe and what aspects should be taken into account.

Is it safe to have sex during pregnancy?

In pregnancies that are progressing along normally, sexual intercourse is not harmful. With a normal pregnancy, you can keep having sex right up until your water breaks.

The foetus lies safely in the uterus and is protected by amniotic fluid and mucous plug, so you won’t hurt the baby.

What is a “normal pregnancy”?

A “normal pregnancy” is the one that is considered low-risk for complications and chronic conditions that may lead to miscarriage, premature labor and premature birth. It is advised to see your pregnancy health care provider to determine if placenta and the baby are developing normally.

Is oral sex safe?

In general, oral sex is considered to be safe, provided your partner doesn’t have any sexually transmitted disease (STD) and is HIV-negative.

Is it safe to have anal sex during pregnancy?

Anal sex is also considered to be safe, unless you have hemorrhoids. Also remember, that it is not safe to go from anal to vaginal sex without cleaning the male’s penis first.

When is sex during pregnancy NOT safe?

In certain circumstances it is recommended to avoid sex during pregnancy. These include:

  • History of miscarriage, premature birth or labor
  • Leakage of amniotic fluid
  • Placenta praevia
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Multiple fetuses

So, if your doctor advised to avoid penetration, do not panic! This is only a temporary situation. Share your concerns with your partner and try to maintain intimacy in other ways – cuddling, kissing, massage, or what ever else you like!



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