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Sex During Pregnancy

Safely enjoy sex while pregnant

During pregnancy, the term safe sex takes on a whole new meaning: it no longer has anything to do with contraception and has everything to do with feeling confident that engaging in sex during pregnancy is safe for both mother and baby.

For most women, it is safe to have sex throughout pregnancy, and the baby is very well-protected in the womb by the amniotic fluid and mucus plug. In fact, safe sex during pregnancy is easier to achieve than comfortable sex. As your belly grows, you will likely find any position that puts weight or pressure on it very awkward, and despite reassurances to the contrary, many partners are still unnerved by the worry that they are hurting the baby. Try to have fun together in finding alternative sex positions during pregnancy that will work better, such as lying on your side.

However, just because you can have safe sex, doesn't mean you will want to. Chances are, you will feel less than sexy some days during your pregnancy, especially closer to your due date. An open and honest discussion with your partner about how you're feeling is a good idea. But if and when you do feel in the mood, there are some benefits and also some precautions to consider.

Benefits of Sex during Pregnancy

One positive effect of sex during pregnancy is that it is a special time of bonding for you and your partner. For a couple expecting a baby together, sex can be an even more intimate experience than usual.

And there are physiological as well as emotional benefits to maintaining an active sex life during pregnancy. The endorphin release that accompanies orgasm provides feelings of calmness and relaxation, and every pregnant woman or couple can use all the healthy stress relief they can get.

When Sex while Pregnant Isn't Safe

If you are at high risk for miscarriage or preterm labor, or have another potentially dangerous pregnancy complication such as vaginal bleeding or placenta previa, your doctor will advise you to restrict your sexual activity -- and likely all activity -- as much as possible.

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