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Sex During Pregnancy

It is very common among couples, especially first-time expectant parents, to wonder if it is safe to have sex during pregnancy. Unless clearly advised by your health care provider to avoid sex, sex during pregnancy is safe both for the mother and the baby. This is because the baby is protected by a fluid called the amniotic fluid while inside the womb, by the abdomen, and by the mucus plug, which closes the cervix and aids in fighting against infections.

But when is pregnancy not safe? Here are some of the cases in which the mother should abstain from sex:

  • any history of miscarriage
  • any history of premature birth and labor
  • if water bag is already broken
  • if mother experiences unexplained vaginal discharge or vaginal bleeding
  • if mother has placenta previa or low-lying placenta
  • if the mother’s cervix is dilated or is incompetent
  • if the partner has sexually transmitted disease

Women and their partners may opt not to change their sexual practices even during pregnancy. However, since pregnant women undergo physical and emotional changes in their body, certain things need to be adjusted to make sex more comfortable.

Here are some things to think about when considering having sex while pregnant:

  • Women who are pregnant tend to be more conscious about their body. They are also easily exhausted, they gain weight, and their breasts become tender due to the hormonal fluctuations. As a result, sex drive is often decreased and breaks are needed to regain energy.

  • The most common missionary position may also become uncomfortable. Side by side and other positions must be explored.

  • Since breasts increase in size, they become more tender and sore. Direct nipple stimulation should be avoided so as not to be uncomfortable. The partner may want to explore other parts of the body or caress in other ways.

  • Engorgement of the genitals and heightened sensations are also results of the increase in blood flow on the pelvic area during pregnancy. However, these are uncomfortable to most women.
Sex can still be enjoyable during pregnancy. Just pay more attention to your body and do certain adjustments so that you can get pleasure and enjoyment to the fullest.