Some people believe that pregnancy and sexual intercourse might not always work; and that could be true at some point, for instance in the first trimester the woman might be nauseous and hates sex, pregnancy hormones can lower her libido, or she might be having those scary thoughts such as hurting the baby or even worse, imagining that the baby will hear you. Some women might be scared of losing the embryo, especially if they’ve been trying to conceive for a long time. If you’re wondering whether it’s safe to have sex, read on.
Is it safe to have sex during pregnancy?
Absolutely! It’s perfectly safe to have sexual intercourse while pregnant if you’re having a normal pregnancy with no complications unless your gynecologist advises otherwise. In some cases, women are advised to refrain from having sexual intercourse within the last few weeks of pregnancy, as it might induce labor because some doctors believe that the hormones in semen might stimulate contractions. However, most doctors believe that it’s completely normal and refraining from having sex during the final weeks of pregnancy is unnecessary. In fact, some doctors recommend it to ease vaginal birth, especially if the woman is overdue in pregnancy.
Can sex or orgasms specifically lead to miscarriage?
The orgasmic contractions are different from labor contractions, so don’t worry about having orgasms during pregnancy. As for miscarriage, if you have a healthy pregnancy and the fetus is developing normally, it’s unlikely to have a miscarriage during sex. Miscarriage often happens to other reasons related to the development of the fetus.
When to avoid sex during pregnancy?
There are some conditions when sex can indeed be risky during pregnancy. According to the American Pregnancy Association and WebMD, you should avoid sex during pregnancy if you have encountered any of the following situations:
- If you have placenta previa
- If you have vaginal bleeding
- If your cervix is dilated too early
- If you’re leaking amniotic fluid or the amniotic sac has ruptured membranes
- If you have had a miscarriage before or at risk of miscarriage
- If you have had a premature labor before or at risk of giving birth prematurely
- If you’re having twins or triplets
- If your partner has a sexually transmitted disease (STD)
Are there safer sex positions during pregnancy?
According to Mayo Clinic, there’s no such thing as best sex positions during pregnancy, as most of them are fine, including oral sex. You need to go with whatever is more comfortable for you. As for us, we’ve got you covered, check out our list of the ideally better sex positions during pregnancy, and other positions to avoid.