Having sex while pregnant is perfectly safe. There’s a common misconception especially among first-time parents that it could injure the developing fetus. In the words of an ob-gyn, “don’t give yourself that much credit.” Here are some things no one tells you about pregnancy sex.
Pregnancy sex is safe and will not affect your baby except if you have complications like preterm labour or placenta problems or have had them previously. Pregnancy and hormonal changes however can change your level of comfort and sexual desire.
Some people are completely turned off by the idea of having sex while some report being out of their minds with lust so much so that pregnancy has been called a sexual condition. You can keep having sex throughout the pregnancy as long as you’re comfortable doing it. If your sex drive completely drops, that’s also normal and shouldn’t be a cause for concern. Some reasons why sex drive may drop include nausea, extreme tenderness, and fatigue.
Better sex, happier you
Sex can feel better during pregnancy because there’s a tremendous increase in blood supply to the uterus, cervix and vaginal area. This can make you feel more sensitive than usual, more lubricated and with stronger orgasms. Many women even say that pregnancy sex is the best sex they’ve ever had.
Intimacy leads to an endorphin release which can make the person relax and enjoy their pregnancy. Endorphins are hormones that help reduce pain, enhance satisfaction, minimize stress and overall make you feel happier.
Pregnancy sex is safe but you’ll likely need to experiment with new positions, especially for people whose default is missionary. The expanding belly is not conducive for something like the missionary position. You just don’t want to be on your back, especially during sex. Be creative and adventurous and try out all those positions that do not put pressure on the belly. Think side by side (spooning), woman on top, standing and so on. You should definitely speak to your doctor if certain positions, depth and activity cause pain and bleeding and refrain from intercourse until you’ve been examined.
Condoms are more than just a birth control method so it’s not closing the barn door after the horse has bolted. You should use a condom if you’re not in a monogamous relationship or are not certain your partner is faithful or if your partner has recently been diagnosed with an STI or if you’re having sex with a new partner. The last thing you want is to be pregnant with an STI to boot.
About oral sex
While most sexual activity is safe, you should take precautions when it comes to oral sex. If you decide to have sex during pregnancy, make sure no air is blown into your vagina. It could send an air bubble into your bloodstream potentially blocking a blood vessel and harming you and the baby. While it’s very rare, it’s an important precaution to take when having pregnancy sex.
People swear by the theory that sex induces labour even though there’s no clear-cut scientific evidence for this. It’s important to note that it is not recommended to have sex after your water breaks. Doing so could cause an infection. After the water breaks, any sexual activity is more a hindrance than a help.
Pregnancy sex can be uncomfortable for one or even both parties. Open up the communication lines and talk about it. Keep in mind that there are also a lot of other fun things you can do besides intercourse in those nine months between conception and parenthood.
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