Pregnancy

Pregnancy and Sex

Sex and pregnancy can go together as well as strawberries and chocolate and wintertime and fireplaces. But it’s common to have questions and concerns about sex during pregnancy: Is it safe? Can I have sex throughout my pregnancy? And then, of course, there’s the nausea, fatigue, tender breasts and body aches to contend with. Pregnancy during sex, however, is safe for most couples, unless advised otherwise. Your baby is protected by amniotic fluid in the womb and by the mucus plug which seals your cervix. Even better, increased blood flow to the pelvic area can make sex more exciting and stimulating than ever for many women.

Whether due to increased libido or the need to get creative due to a growing belly, pregnancy can be a great time to explore new positions, including side to side with your partner behind you, sitting up in a chair or on the couch, or on the
edge of the bed. And, of course, when you’re on top, you can also control the pressure and tempo. Communicate what feels good and what doesn’t, so that it can be an enjoyable experience for both of you. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, including history of premature labor or birth, unexplained bleeding or discharge, placenta previa or other related issues, then your best bet is cuddling, back rubs, intimate conversation and other forms of close contact. You can always talk to your doctor about personal issues or questions when it comes to sex during pregnancy.

 

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