Is it safe to have sex during pregnancy?
In normal pregnancies, it is safe to have sex until the water breaks or you go into labour. You will not hurt the baby by having sex during pregnancy so you may have to come up with a better excuse if you’re not in the mood to have sex! A thick mucous plug which seals the cervix will not only guard against infection but also not allow any traffic back and forth. The amniotic sac functions as a shock absorber along with the strong muscles of the uterus that provide adequate protection for the baby.
While it is true that an orgasm can result in contractions as semen contains prostaglandins that stimulate the uterus, these contractions are short-lived and completely harmless.
Are there instances where sex is best avoided?
If you have been placed on bed rest for reasons ranging from placenta previa, cervical insufficiency or because you are leaking amniotic fluid, it may be necessary to abstain from sex during pregnancy until you are well into the third trimester. Importantly, do not be shy about bringing this up with your obstetrician. She has more than likely had to answer questions on the subject from other couples, so there’s not a whole lot that you can ask that will surprise her including questions about oral sex. After all, you didn’t get to this point by holding hands!
It is also important to let your obstetrician know if you feel any sustained discomfort after sex such as pain or discharge. In some rare cases, spontaneous preterm births have been reported right after sex but are all due to other underlying problems that have gone undiagnosed.
Can sex during pregnancy cause a miscarriage?
It is not uncommon for a woman to miscarry during the first trimester; sometimes even before she realizes that she’s pregnant. This miscarriage has nothing to do with having sexual intercourse and is more a result of genetic abnormalities of the fetus which decreases its viability. The miscarriage would have occurred irrespective of whether the couple had sex or not as it is mostly due to developmental problems with the baby.
Are there any sexual positions that are considered safer during pregnancy?
There is no right or wrong answer to this question. It all depends on how comfortable you are during sex. As your pregnancy progresses, your changing waistline may govern your preferred position. It is a matter of trial and error to see what orientation is most comfortable. This is a great opportunity to let your creativity take over, so experiment away! In fact, due to the engorgement of the genitalia during pregnancy, many women enjoy sex more during pregnancy than any other time.
How soon can I have sex after the baby is born?
While you may not have given this much thought, guess who may be already thinking about it? Assure your partner that whether you give birth vaginally or by cesarean section, within six weeks you will more than likely be ready for sex barring any serious complications. When you first begin, take it slow and importantly, do not forget to use a reliable method of contraception if you want to prevent a new pregnancy.