Sex During Pregnancy

The do's and don'ts of sex when you're pregnant. Plus, the best sexual positions during pregnancy


You’ve done the deed to make the baby, but now you’re wondering if it’s safe to continue with your active sex life during your pregnancy? Most experts agree sex can be a healthy part of a normal pregnancy, but if you’re experiencing complications or having a high-risk pregnancy, it’s important to speak with your caregiver before engaging in lovemaking.


Your pregnant libido

Like many things, your libido will probably change over the course of your pregnancy. During your first trimester – when you’re most likely to experience morning sickness, fatigue and breast tenderness – sex may be the last thing on your mind. But once you pass into the second trimester, often dubbed the honeymoon phase of pregnancy, you may find yourself again with a healthy sexual appetite. Some women actually find they have an increase in sexual desire during this time as increased blood flow to your pelvic area can make sex extra satisfying. Once you near the end of your pregnancy and reach the third trimester, sex may become cumbersome and uncomfortable. But many moms-to-be find their sexual desire stays intact until baby’s birth.


What will baby feel?

Aside from minor contractions of the uterus during orgasms, as well as a slight euphoric rush, the baby will not feel anything out of the ordinary. Orgasms can be good for both you and your baby.


Sexual positions during pregnancy

  • Woman on Top: This position allows you to control the depth of penetration and the movement, and is safe to use throughout the entire pregnancy.
  • Spooning: This position allows you to rest comfortably on your side, without any pressure on the abdomen and is often used throughout the whole pregnancy.
  • Man behind: This position has little or no pressure on the abdomen, and is best used during the beginning and mid-pregnancy. Some women find the belly gets in the way during the later stages of pregnancy.
  • Side Lying: If you lie on your side and lift up a leg, your partner can kneel on top at a ninety degree angle from you. This position is often good until the last stages of pregnancy.


When it’s not OK

It’s not safe to have if you have sex if you have any of these conditions:

  • If your water has broken
  • You  have placenta previa
  • If you’re experiencing premature labour
  • If you have an incompetent cervix
  • Your doctor has advised you not to due to complications

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