Pregnant women and their partners often wonder if it’s safe to have sex during pregnancy.
Will it result in miscarriage? Is it safe? Is it possible to do it comfortably? And above all, is it even worth it if you’re feeling tired and would rather just conk out early?
Here’s the information you’ve been looking for:
Is it safe to have sex when I’m pregnant?
Most women who are having a normal pregnancy may continue to have sex right up until their water breaks or they go into labor. There are some circumstances, though, in which you may need to modify your activity or abstain from sex altogether for part or all of your pregnancy. Your midwife or doctor should let you know whether you have – or develop – any complications that make sex a no-go. If you’re uncertain, ask your practitioner.
When to avoid sex during pregnancy
- You’re at risk for miscarriage or history of past miscarriages.
- You’re at risk for preterm labor.
- You’re having vaginal bleeding, discharge, or cramping without a known cause.
- Your amniotic sac is leaking fluid or has ruptured membranes.
- You’re expecting twins, triplets, or other “multiples”.
Can sex during pregnancy cause a miscarriage?
Having sex during pregnancy won’t provoke a miscarriage. Most miscarriages occur because the fetus isn’t developing normally.
No, a baby isn’t hurt when a pregnant woman and her partner make love. The amniotic sac and the strong muscles of the uterus protect the baby, and the thick mucus plug that seals the cervix helps guard against infection. During intercourse, the penis doesn’t go beyond the vagina, so it won’t reach the baby.
What if I don’t want to have sex?
That’s OK. There’s more to intimacy than sex. Share your needs and concerns with your partner in an open and loving way. If sex is difficult, unappealing or off-limits, try cuddling, kissing or massage.
Benefits of having Sex during pregnancy
- It’s a totally safe way to stay connected to your partner.
- Pregnancy sex might feel even more amazing than regular sex.
- Sex during pregnancy can lift your spirits.
- Your baby will benefit too.
- It might be a chance for you and your partner to try something new.
- Sex may be able to help labor along when you’re ready to go.