Should You Have Sex During Pregnancy?

As complicated as it may sound, having sex during pregnancy is quite normal if it does not include a high-risk pregnancy. A lot of couples wonder if sex will harm the baby or cause infections, but with proper care and precautions, you might as well have sex until you are in labour and ready to birth.

Here Are The Common Questions Related To Sex And Simple Solutions To Make Your Sexual Lives Easier In Pregnancy:

Will Having Sex Affect My Baby?

Your baby is protected by the thick mucus plug1 at the mouth of the cervix and also by the amniotic sac that keeps it cushioned. There is no possibility of your baby being hurt or affected in any way. You might feel increased foetal movement when you have orgasms but that is also absolutely normal and there is no need to feel guilty or uncomfortable about it.

Will We Enjoy Sex As Much As We Used To?

Some women have reported that their sexual lives have gone for a toss while others say that sex in pregnancy feels better than ever before. Different women react to pregnancy differently. For example, if you have nausea and morning sickness to begin with, the very thought of sex might turn you off and some women also complain that the smell of their partner makes them more uncomfortable. If you are going through a rough patch, speak to your partner and explain your problems so that he is aware of your discomfort.

There are a lot of partners who enjoy sex immensely in pregnancy. The increased blood flow to your genitals often lead to stronger orgasms and enhanced sexual pleasure.

Some tend to find sex painful and are often left with cramping, unsatisfied orgasms and feel depressed about it all. If you are feeling dissatisfied after having sex, you could always indulge in casual foreplay, oral sex and self pleasure. It is not essential that sex will have to lead to penetration.

What Positions Are Safer In Pregnancy?

There are some positions that feel safe and comfortable in pregnancy, especially when you have a huge baby bump in between you and your partner.

  • Spooning

As you march ahead in pregnancy, deeper penetration might hurt or feel uncomfortable. Try this position that allows shallow thrusts.

  • Lying Side By Side

This position allows you to keep the weight of your husband off your bump and uterus so that penetration is not uncomfortable.

  • On Top

This has been your favorite position all along and it is here to stay! Your husband would not be complaining either.

When To Avoid Sex? 

Your gynaecologist would probably warn you against having sex when you have any one of these following problems:

  1. A low-lying placenta
  2. Vaginal bleeding
  3. Abdominal cramps
  4. Early breaking of waters
  5. Cervical weakness
  6. A history of miscarriage
  7. Genital herpes in husband

Using a condom would be a better idea while having sex in pregnancy because you can avoid any kind of infection by doing this and it will also provide much-needed lubrication to keep discomfort at bay.

Reference:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cervical_mucus_plug