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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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16 Comments on "Is Sex During Pregnancy Safe?"

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Tiffany Lee
3 years 4 months ago
Hi, I just wanted to know how long does the Depo shot is still active in your body after 3 years starting from 2012 to 2014 I got pregnant last year and I had a miscarriage in September got pregnant August will there be any chance that I’ll have another miscarriage I just found out that I’m pregnant tonight and just wanted to know about the depo effecting my baby’s health when I was on it it expired March 18th 2014 please help I already have one healthy baby girl who is now 3 years old I hope my next… Read more »
3 years 7 months ago

Dear bijay, it may be normal to bleed as long as it is not heavy and no cramping. I had slight bleeding mostly spotting from 6th week till 9th week and very light cramps due to blood clot which resolved on its own. If its bad cramps and bleeding then u should consult your doctor. If not its best to lie down with your legs raised.

bijay budhathoki
3 years 9 months ago

I want know is it a serious problem to have bleeding during the fifth or six week of pregnancy…. pls write me okayy

4 years 6 months ago

In 27 weeks and 7 days and im concerned and scared if my baby is okay , after i had sex i had some kind of abdominal pain and my baby doesn’t move as much as before and the next day i leaked. Im worried but everybody tells me that its nothing thats normal to feel any pain at this stage

4 years 6 months ago

My wife is in her tenth week of pregnancy. Is it safe to have sex at this time or should I wait she Complete her 13 weeks.

4 years 10 months ago

My wife is 7months pregnant but complains of pains whenever I want to have sex, so I thought I should give along breathing space. Wish u all safe

Toni O.
4 years 11 months ago

I’m 13 weeks pregnant and have been enjoying sex a whole lot more now..
It is perfectly safe.

[…] 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 […]

8 years 10 days ago

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.

8 years 15 days ago

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.

8 years 8 months ago

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!!

9 years 2 months ago

#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.

9 years 3 months ago

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

9 years 4 months ago

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!

hiral chavada
9 years 4 months ago

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

hiral vyas
10 years 24 days ago

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

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