Sex During Pregnancy
Your Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
Can I have sex during pregnancy without harming my baby?
Yes. There is no reason to change or alter your sexual activity during pregnancy unless your health care provider advises otherwise. Intercourse or orgasm during pregnancy will not harm your baby, unless you have a medical problem. Remember that your baby is well protected in your uterus by the amniotic fluid that surrounds him or her.
Your health care provider might recommend not having intercourse early in pregnancy if you have a history of miscarriages. Intercourse might also be restricted if your have certain complications of pregnancy, such as pre-term labor or bleeding. Your might need to ask your health care provider to clarify if this means no penetration, no orgasms, or no sexual arousal, as different complications might require different restrictions.
Comfort during intercourse
As your pregnancy progresses, changing positions might become necessary for your comfort. This might also be true after your baby is born.
A water-based lubricant may be used during intercourse if necessary.
During intercourse, you should not feel pain. During orgasm, your uterus will contract. If you have any contractions that are painful or regular, please contact your health care provider. Also, discontinue intercourse and call you health care provider immediately if you have heavy vaginal bleeding or if your water breaks. Nothing should enter your vagina after your water breaks.
Communicate with your partner
Talk to your partner. Tell your partner how you feel, especially if you have mixed feelings about sex during pregnancy. Encourage your partner to communicate with you, especially if you notice changes in your partner’s responsiveness. Communicating with your partner can help you both better understand your feelings and desires.
Will my desires change?
It is common for your desires to be different now that you are pregnant. Changing hormones cause some women to experience an increased sex drive during pregnancy, while others might not be as interested in sex as they were before they became pregnant.
During the first trimester, some women commonly lose interest in sex because they are tired and uncomfortable, while other women’s desires stay the same.
Take time for intimacy
If your health care provider has limited your sexual activity, or if you are not in the mood for intercourse, remember to take time for intimacy with your partner. Being intimate does not require having intercourse. Love and affection can be expressed in many ways.
Remind yourselves of the love that created your developing baby. Enjoy your time together. You can take long romantic walks, candlelit dinners, or give each other back rubs.
How soon can I have sex after my baby is born?
In general, you can resume sexual activity when you have recovered, when your bleeding has stopped, and when you and your partner feel comfortable.
Your health care provider might recommend that you wait until after your first postpartum appointment before having intercourse with your partner.
After pregnancy, some women notice a lack of vaginal lubrication during intercourse. A water-based lubricant may be used during intercourse to decrease the discomfort of vaginal dryness.
Women who only feed their babies breast milk experience a delay in ovulation (when an egg is released from the ovary) and menstruation. But, ovulation will occur before you start having menstrual periods again, so remember that you can still become pregnant during this time. Follow your health care provider’s recommendations on the appropriate method of birth control to use.
Your Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
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- Dental Care During Pregnancy
- Exercise During Pregnancy
- Genetic Screening
- Genetic Screening - Early Pregnancy
- Good Nutrition During Pregnancy for You and Your Baby
- Heartburn During Pregnancy
- How Smoking Affects You and Your Baby During Pregnancy
- How to Cope With the Physical Discomforts of Pregnancy
- Medicine Guidelines During Pregnancy
- Prenatal Care: Your First Visit
- Prenatal Ultrasound
- Prenatal Vitamins
- Sex During Pregnancy
- Sleep During Pregnancy
- STDs: What You Need to Know
- The Latest on Using Alternative Therapies in Pregnancy
- Toxoplasmosis in Pregnancy
- Travel During Pregnancy
- Vaccination During Pregnancy
- What You Need to Know About HIV Testing
- When to Call Your Health Care Provider During Pregnancy
- Depression During Pregnancy
- Finding a Comfortable Position
- Increasing Calcium in Your Diet During Pregnancy
- Increasing Iron in Your Diet During Pregnancy
- Oral Glucose Test During Pregnancy
- Assisted Delivery
- Cesarean Birth
- Contraception During Breastfeeding
- Group Streptococcus and Pregnancy
- Pain Relief Options During Childbirth
- Premature Labor
- True Versus False Labor
- Vaginal Delivery After Cesarean Birth
- What to Pack for the Hospital
- Your Birth Day: What to Expect During Labor