Sex during Pregnancy

Pregnancy Sex

It is been wonder by millions of couple around the world if sex is safe during the pregnancy period. The answer is yes as long as your health care provider advises you. The baby is protected by the amniotic fluid in the womb, by abdomen, and by the mucus plug which seals the cervix and helps guard against infections.

In a normal pregnancy, going onto a sexual intercourse is not linked with early miscarriage. If you are feeling sexy and well enough then it might be a good thing to keep your sex life going through pregnancy. The studies show that there are no link between having sex during pregnancy and premature birth in normal, healthy pregnancy. In actual fact, one study found that pregnant women who had regular sex during pregnancy were less likely to give birth prematurely.

When is not safe to sex during pregnancy?
Sex is only safe during pregnancy when your health care provider has indicates that you don not have a high risk pregnancy. However, there are few reasons to avoid sex during pregnancy. There are some situations when your health care provider will point out to avoid sex. These conditions are:

  • History of miscarriage
  • History of premature labor or birth
  • If your water has broken
  • If you experience inexplicable vaginal bleeding or discharge
  • If you have an incompetent cervix or if it has widened
  • If you or your partner has a sexually transmitted disease
  • If you have placenta previa, or a very low-lying placenta

What are the changes with sexual intercourse during pregnancy?
You might not have any kind of change if you have sexual intercourse during pregnancy. But however as your body will change during pregnancy so you may want some change to make things comfortable. Here is some information that you should consider when thinking about sex during pregnancy:

  • The common missionary position may become uncomfortable and warrant considering other positions such as side by side or with you on top.
  • Exhaustion, hormonal fluctuations, tender breasts and self-consciousness about weight gain can bring your sex drive to a halt. Sometimes you may need rest to regain energy, so give yourself a break.
  • As your breasts increase in size, they may become more tender or sore. Encourage your partner to explore other parts of your body and to find other ways to embrace you. With the changes in your breast it is best to avoid direct nipple stimulation.
  • There is increased blood flow to the pelvic area that can lead to engorgement of the genitals and heighten the sensation; however, for some women this can be more uncomfortable.

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