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Is Sex During Pregnancy Safe?

Pregnancy can be a scary thing, especially when it is the first pregnancy for a woman and her partner. One of the most frequently asked questions is whether the parents having sex during pregnancy is safe for the growing baby. In most cases, the answer is yes.

Your baby is growing in your uterus, which is high up in your body. The uterus is not close to your vagina, nor in danger of being touched during your having intercourse. Since it is thought that your baby sleeps while you are moving around during the day, many people suggest that the act of intercourse actually puts the unborn baby to sleep.

Some people also worry about the baby knowing that they are having intercourse. There is no way that your baby can know or be affected negatively by intercourse during a normal healthy pregnancy. In fact, since fetuses can be affected by the emotions and feelings a mom experiences during pregnancy, some believe that the endorphins a woman will feel after an orgasm will be passed through the placenta to her baby, helping her baby be calmer and happier in the womb.

There are instances, however, when sex is not safe during your pregnancy. If you have had any complications or bleeding during your pregnancy you should check with your midwife or doctor prior to having intercourse to make sure it is safe. Also, if you had any complications in previous pregnancies you should check with your doctor.

Towards the end of your pregnancy, while safe, sex may become difficult or uncomfortable for mom or even dad. The big bump may make it hard for mom and dad to get in the groove, or it may feel different for dad since the woman’s body is changing. At this point a couple may choose NOT to have sex, even if their doctor has not said that it is a problem.

If your doctor or midwife approves intercourse throughout your pregnancy, and as a couple you choose to continue having sex until the end of your pregnancy, some believe that sex may help a woman go into labor. One of the old wives’ tales suggests that because a man’s sperm contains prostaglandin, a substance that is used in some labor inducing drugs, that sex can help dilate a cervix that is ready to dilate. This is a much debated theory.

Remember, if your midwife or doctor says it is safe to have sex and you WANT to have sex, there is no reason not to have sex. However, be sure to get the ok from your physician before you do, so that you know it is ok for you, during your pregnancy.


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9 Responses to “Is Sex During Pregnancy Safe?”

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    Having Sex During Pregnancy Is Safe | Healthy Pregnancy Guide Says:

    [...] people also worry about the baby knowing that they are Having intercourse. There is no way that your baby can know or be affected negatively by intercourse [...]

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    odi Says:

    I’m 20 weeks now and in these past months, i’ve not enjoyed sex one bit. hope you other preg moms do, hope i will too, again, when my growing miracle arrives. best of luck to all ya, wish y’all safe deliveries.

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    rachael Says:

    like the article says above. ask a doctor if you should be having intercourse. u dont need any ones opinion on here if u should be having intercourse or not. (not tryn to be rude). i am not a doctor so i cant say if u can or not. every1 is different n every pregnancy is different. so only a doctor who knows ur pregnancy and you can answer what is best for you.

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    Rob Says:

    I must confess,sex during pregnancy is really amazing. Health wise i don’t think its a problem to the unborn child. My wife is 5 days overdue now and we have been having a mind-blowing sex EVERYDAY for the last 2 weeks now. Enjoy!!

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    paul Says:

    #1 we had sex untill 6 hours before labour. #2 5 weeks, she had complcations. #3 aprox 10hr. it is all good. If she is comfortable enjoy!!!! Be safe, have fun!! Remember there are options to penetrative that are wonderfull. Show the lady that you love her, and understand her body.

  6. 4
    vindh Says:

    hi,
    my wife ha a DNC last year …
    now she is in her 3rd month ,,
    wat precatons should i take …

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    Dan Says:

    Ultimately, you should ask your doctor if it is safe for you to be having sex during a pregnancy. In most cases, it is perfectly safe to have sex all the way up until the time of delivery. As the article above mentions, “some believe that sex may help a woman go into labor.”

    Hope this helps!
    Dan

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    hiral chavada Says:

    i am in my 5th month of pregnacy is it ssafe to have sex

  9. 1
    hiral vyas Says:

    i have already twins pregnancy in second trimister, so i want to know is it preferable to have sex ?

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