Sex during pregnancy: How to stay safe and have fun

Sex during pregnancy: How to stay safe and have fun

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By Dr. Vikas Deshmukh, Sexology

You have sex to get pregnant- no surprise there. But what about sex during pregnancy? Is it safe? Or is it better to not indulge in any action between the sheets when you are pregnant.

Some couples find that pregnancy is a time for great sex. For others, it may be a time of concern and fears. Read on to find out more about making love in pregnancy.

Well, sex is absolutely safe during pregnancy. Yes, if you have a normal pregnancy, you can keep making love right up until your waters break. However, if you have a history of the following problems, check with your doctor first-

  1. Unexplained bleeding
  2. Cramps or abdominal pains
  3. History of miscarriages
  4. History of cervical weakness
  5. Placenta praevia (low-lying placenta)
  6. Multiple pregnancies

Other than these issues, you can continue having sex right until you go into labour.

Does sex harm the baby?

The amniotic sac, the mucous plug that protects your cervix and the strong muscles that support your uterus protect your baby. Orgasms only cause slight uterine contractions.

Experiencing mild contractions may lead you to wonder if sex triggers early labour. Fortunately, studies have shown that there is no established link between sex during pregnancy and premature labour. However, if you don’t have a normal, low-risk pregnancy, it is safer not to indulge in sex.

What positions are safe?

Any position is safe as long as you are fine with it, and not experiencing any discomfort. However, lying on your back in the last trimester is not advised. Consult your gynaecologist, in this case, to know what positions would be safe, or not, for you.

You can have a satisfying love life when pregnant, and where there’s a will, there’s a way! With a little experimenting, you and your husband are sure to find techniques that work for you. And keep talking! Communication and openness are the keys to maintaining or improving sexual satisfaction during your pregnancy and beyond.