Whether or not you can have sex during your pregnancy depends on your overall health and the way your pregnancy is progressing. In most cases, your doctor will give you the go-ahead right till you’re at the end of your final trimester.
The thing that mostly worries pregnant women is whether penetration during intercourse can harm the baby. The good news is your unborn baby is protected inside you by your abdomen and the muscular walls of your uterus. The fluid in the amniotic sac also helps to keep the baby protected.
According to some doctors, the hormones found in semen, known as prostaglandins, can trigger contractions. Your doctor may ask you to stay off sex during the final weeks to prevent any pre-term labor contractions.
All pregnancies are unique. While some women may experience a huge surge in libido, others may want to send their partners away forever. You may speak to your doctor if you find you have no interest in sex at all. If you find you want to have some fun couple time while you are pregnant, go ahead and enjoy some foreplay and comfortable sex.
3 Comfortable Sex Positions During Pregnancy
Ensure that both you and your partner are gentle. These sex positions will be the most comfortable for you while you are pregnant, ensuring you do not have to bear too much weight on your body.
1. Stay On Top
Ask your partner to lie down while you get on top. This will ensure you do not have to bear your partner’s weight on your stomach. You will also be able to control your partner’s speed and the depth of penetration.
2. Side By Side
Lie down alongside your partner facing each other. Now go ahead and do it!
3. From The Back
Kneel down on a couch and make sure your stomach is facing towards the back of the couch. Hold on to the couch for support. Your partner can gently penetrate from behind.
When Not To Have Sex While You Are Pregnant
In some cases, your doctor may ask you to stay off sex as it could harm you or your baby and may result in a pre-term birth.
Avoid pregnancy sex if:
- You have been experiencing frequent vaginal bleeding or discharge
- You have cramps without any obvious reason
- You have a history of miscarriage or are at risk
- You are carrying multiple pregnancies (twins, triplets or more)
- Your placenta is very low in the uterus
- Your amniotic sac has ruptured membranes or if the fluid is leaking
- Your cervix has opened before it is time
Speak to your doctor before having sex while you are pregnant. If your doctor says no sex, it also means no orgasm or sexual arousal.