It is very common to wonder about sex during pregnancy. Both you and your husband may have many concerns about this. Should you do it? Is it safe for your baby? Which are the correct sex positions during pregnancy? In this blog, we have all the information you need to be free of any worries.
1. Is it safe to have sex during pregnancy?
If you do not have any health problems or complications in your pregnancy, it is very safe to have sex during pregnancy. Having sex will cause no harm to your baby as your baby is protected in the womb. So, with just a few precautions, You can have sex during pregnancy without any fear.
Even though it is normally safe to have sex when you are pregnant, it is always better to be extra careful while doing so.
2. When should you not have sex during pregnancy?
According to experts, there are a few situations in which a pregnant woman should not have sex, or at least consult a doctor before having sex. We have listed some of these below-
- If you have had a miscarriage in a previous pregnancy
- If you are at risk of having a miscarriage
- If you have had a premature delivery in a previous pregnancy
- If you have any placenta-related issues, like placenta previa
- If you have any cervix-related issues, like if your cervix is opening too early in your pregnancy
- If there is a tear in your uterine membrane and the amniotic fluid is leaking
- If you have any vaginal bleeding for no reason
- If your husband has any sexually transmitted disease (STD) like genital herpes, HIV/AIDS, Gonorrhea
- If you experience any contractions in your uterus after having sex during pregnancy
If you have any of these problems, do talk to your doctor for any precautions to be taken while having sex during pregnancy.
3. How to have sex in the first, second and third trimester of pregnancy?
It is safe to have sex during all the trimesters during your pregnancy. Though the experience might feel different, it can still be equally enjoyable if you take the correct precautions.
Sex during the first trimester of pregnancy While it is quite safe to have sex during pregnancy, it is advisable to not have sex in the first 2-3 weeks. Compared to the second and third trimester, it is more comfortable to have sex during the first trimester as your stomach would not have grown much. Just do not put too much pressure on the stomach while having sex.
Sex during the second trimester of pregnancy In the 2nd trimester, the woman’s body has gone through a lot of physical and hormonal changes. Because of the hormonal changes, the woman may sometimes feel more interested in having sex, or sometimes may not have the interest at all. If your body is fit and the doctor has not advised you against sex, it is very safe to have sex during pregnancy. During this time as well, do not put too much pressure on the stomach while having sex.
Sex during the third trimester of pregnancy In the 3rd trimester, many women are concerned that sex during pregnancy will cause premature delivery. Medical experts say that the chances of this happening is very low and there is nothing to worry about. As always, do not put too much pressure on the stomach while having sex. There are a few sex positions which are safe for both the woman and your baby such as lying towards one side or with the woman on top.
For any doubts or queries, consult your doctor. He/she will be able to advise you better, based on your health and stage of pregnancy.
4. Will sex during pregnancy harm your baby?
No, sex during pregnancy will not harm your baby. your baby is well protected by the amniotic sac inside the womb. This shield protects your baby from any pressure during sex.
Also, normally, the penis does not reach the cervix. It will only be in the vagina.
5. Can sex during pregnancy induce labour?
No, having orgasm or sex during pregnancy will not cause premature labour if you have no complications in your pregnancy. But, the prostaglandin hormones present in your husband’s sperm can cause contractions in the womb.
6. What are the correct sex positions during pregnancy?
While having sex during pregnancy, do not apply any pressure on the lower part of the stomach. Some of the safe positions are explained below:
- Woman lying towards one side - With less pressure on the lower part of the stomach, it is safe to have sex in this position during pregnancy.
- Woman on top - In this position, there is no pressure on the stomach, and also, the woman can control the position to make herself comfortable.
- Woman lying on her back - With the stomach and knees facing upwards and feet on the floor, this position is safe while having sex during pregnancy.
7. Is it safe to have oral sex during pregnancy?
It is safe to have oral sex during pregnancy. But make sure your husband does not blow air into the vagina as this can create air bubbles in the blood vessels inside the vagina. In very rare cases, this can cause blockage in your blood vessels which might be dangerous for both you and your baby. Also, if you or your husband have any kind of infection, then it is advisable to not perform oral sex.
8. What are the benefits of having sex during pregnancy?
Having sex during pregnancy is beneficial to both mother and your baby. Here, we have listed some of these benefits:
- Blood pressure reduces - High blood pressure is harmful to both mother and baby. Having sex during pregnancy reduces blood pressure.
- Helps in losing weight - Having sex during pregnancy helps you in losing weight and staying fit. In just 30 minutes, you can lose more than 50 calories.
- Ability to bear pain increases - Your tolerance of pain increases by 78% if you has sex during pregnancy. This makes the childbirth process easier for you.
- Helps to recover faster after childbirth - By having sex during pregnancy, the birth canal remains flexible, which makes the childbirth process easier. So the woman recovers faster after the child’s birth.
9. After having sex during pregnancy, when should I consult the doctor?
Having sex during pregnancy can feel different in many ways like having stomach cramps, pain in the nipples, bleeding from the vagina. If any of the following situations occur after having sex during pregnancy, consult your doctor to check for complications:
- If you feel contractions after over 5 minutes - It is normal to feel contractions because of orgasms after having sex during pregnancy. But if the contractions do not stop even after 5 minutes, then consult your doctor.
- If you have stomach pain or cramps
- If your vagina is bleeding
10. What are the myths related to sex in pregnancy?
There are many myths connected to having sex in pregnancy. Here are some of the more popular ones:
- Myth about sex during pregnancy: ”it can cause labour” Many people believe that sex during pregnancy can cause labour. This is wrong. The contractions felt during sex are different from the contractions of childbirth. Nevertheless, for any doubts, always talk to your doctor.
- Myth about sex during pregnancy: “your baby will know” As already explained in this blog, your baby is well protected by the amniotic sac in the womb. So he/she can not feel anything that is happening outside of the womb.
- Myth about sex during pregnancy: “your baby is harmed” Again, as mentioned above, your baby is well protected in the womb and will not be harmed.
During pregnancy, your husband might find you more attractive than before. He might want to have sex more often. Because of your hormonal changes, even you might have more interest in having sex. This is all very natural.
While sex during pregnancy is safe, do not have sex if your doctor has told you not to. Also, for any problems are questions, feel free to ask your doctor. If there are no complications, you can have sex during pregnancy without any worries.