Is sex during pregnancy really safe? Luckily, most women with a normal pregnancy can continue to have sex until the end. Here’s how to enjoy safe and satisfying sex when you are carrying.
Will you want it?
Whether you want or do not want to have sex during pregnancy can depend on how you feel and how well you are. If your doctor has given you the green signal, there is no need to hold back on sex. Remember that satisfying sex can strengthen the bond and love between a couple. However, do not worry if you find sex difficult or unappealing during pregnancy. Try other ways like holding hands, kissing, cuddling or massages to maintain your physical intimacy.
Will it hurt the baby?
Your baby is well protected by the amniotic fluid and strong muscles of your uterus. Moreover, the mucous plug in your cervix separates your amniotic sac and uterus from the influence of sexual activities.
Will it trigger early labour?
It is safe to have sex during the third semester if your doctor hasn’t forbidden it. Sometimes sex and orgasm can cause uterine contractions. But this is not related to labour and will subside after some time. Research also shows that women who had orgasms towards the end of their pregnancies had a low risk of preterm delivery.
Which are the best sexual positions?
Try sexual positions which make you feel comfortable. During the latter part of your pregnancy you can try to lie next to your partner sideways or place yourself on top of your partner or in front of your partner instead of lying on your back.
When should sex be avoided?
Avoid sex if you leak amniotic fluid or have vaginal bleeding. It is also best to abstain from sex if your cervix begins to open prematurely or your placenta covers your cervical opening. Having a history of preterm labor or carrying multiple babies should also be considered as reasons to avoid sex.