Sex during pregnancy

Everything You Need To Know About Having Sex During Pregnancy

Everything You Need To Know About Having Sex During Pregnancy
Sex during pregnancy

 

Everything You Need To Know About Having Sex During Pregnancy

 

Sex is one of the best ways to stay intimate with your partner. But things might change during pregnancy. Many couples are hesitant in having sex during the nine months of gestation fearing that it may cause damage to the foetus. There are also misconceptions that sex during pregnancy may lead to an abortion. However, experts say that it is absolutely safe to have sex during a normal pregnancy.

Is the baby protected?

The baby is surrounded by a layer of amniotic fluid and the lining of the uterus which gives the baby a solid protective shield. The muscular walls of the uterus help keep the baby safe from bumps and avoid any damage to the foetus during sex. An abortion or miscarriage in a pregnancy is usually caused due to genetic conditions and sex hardly has anything to do with it.

Which positions are safe?

It is very important for pregnant women to feel comfortable while indulging in intercourse. As long as your body is in a comfortable position and you’re not putting any pressure on your abdomen, any position that you desire is safe. However, woman on top, spooning, and woman on hands and knees are the best positions which won’t put any pressure on the foetus.

Is it necessary to use protection?

It’s best to use a condom while having sex during pregnancy to avoid the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases. These diseases can cause major damage to the foetus, and so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

When should you not have sex?

Doctors believe that sex during pregnancy is normal for most women but if you’re facing any complications it’s best to avoid intercourse. If you’re experiencing vaginal bleeding, discharge or cramping, if you’re expecting twins or if you have had previous miscarriages, it’s best to avoid sex to stay safe. If you've experienced preterm birth in a previous pregnancy or have placenta previa which is a condition where the placenta is placed very low in the uterus, it would be best to avoid sex. Doctors may also advise to avoid sex during the final few weeks of pregnancy since it stimulates preterm uterine contractions. However, if you're overdue and want to induce labour, having sex might be a good idea. 

 

Sex during pregnancy

Although sex during pregnancy is completely normal in most cases, you can deny it if you don’t feel like it. Pregnancy is a different experience for every woman and so is sex. The hormones in the body react differently in different women during sex and during pregnancy. While some women might feel attractive and sexy some might not. In case you want to avoid sex, you can talk to your partner and choose different ways to stay intimate while you wait for your little bundle of joy to arrive.

 

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