If you have a healthy and normal pregnancy, it is absolutely safe to have sex right up until the last trimester. Having sex during pregnancy is good for both your body and your relationship. Studies have even shown that pregnant women who have sex regularly are less likely to have preterm deliveries. If you have a history of miscarriages before this pregnancy, it is safer to abstain from sex. Vaginal bleeding or spotting could be signs of a threatened early miscarriage , and during pregnancy, it is better to avoid sex if you have any vaginal bleeding.
If you have pelvic pain or abdominal cramps after intercourse, you should contact your doctor immediately and avoid sex during pregnancy. If you have a low-lying placenta or placenta previa , sex should be avoided during pregnancy.
If you have a weak or incompetent cervix, sex during pregnancy is unsafe. The cervix is the opening to the uterus and is located above the vagina. A weak cervix can open too soon and cause you to go into labour prematurely. If you or your partner have a sexually transmitted disease, you should abstain from sex during pregnancy as you may contract that disease and it could affect the pregnancy. History of Preterm Labour: If you have given birth to a premature baby in the past or show signs of preterm labour in this pregnancy, it is safer to avoid sex.
If you are carrying twins or triplets, you should avoid sex as this may cause cramps, bleeding or contractions. Multiple pregnancies are at a higher risk of going into preterm labour and having sex could trigger this. If Your Water Has Broken: When your water breaks , the amniotic sac full of fluid that protects the baby in the uterus tears.
This fluid then leaks from the vagina. It is unsafe to have sex if your water has broken as it can cause infections in the baby. Pregnancy can drastically affect your sex life. Sex drive can increase or decrease throughout the pregnancy due to various changes in the body. Many women may experience a lower sex drive due to hormonal fluctuations, and self-consciousness about their appearance.
However, there are pregnant women who also report an increase in libido. During the first trimester, women are affected by morning sickness , mood swings , fatigue , tender breasts, and the urge to urinate frequently. All these along with hormonal changes can cause a decrease in libido. The morning sickness and other discomforts of the first trimester usually disappear in the second trimester. The pregnant belly is still small enough so that you can have sex comfortably.
Women have an increased blood volume during pregnancy, and this causes increased blood circulation in the pelvic region and engorgement of the vagina. This may heighten sensation in that region and help women orgasm more easily.
This is because many sex positions may feel uncomfortable as the belly gets bigger. You may also feel less interested in sex as you are anxious about the childbirth and motherhood as the due date nears. These feelings are completely normal, and it is not uncommon for women to abstain from sex in the last trimester. Benefits of Pregnancy Sex Sex during a normal and healthy pregnancy can be beneficial for both the mother-to-be and the baby.
Here are some benefits of having sex during pregnancy: Increased blood flow to the pelvic areas heightens sensation in the genitals, and this helps women orgasm more easily, even multiple times. Sex during pregnancy relaxes the mother and helps you sleep better. Also, the rocking movement of sex can lull the baby to sleep. Studies have found that sex increases levels of a specific antibody that fights colds and infections.
Having sex lowers blood pressure. This is beneficial for pregnant women as high blood pressure can cause a dangerous condition called preeclampsia. Accelerates Recovery Post Childbirth: Having an orgasm during pregnancy helps in preparing the pelvic floor for childbirth.
Having an orgasm causes the release of chemicals called endorphins, which are linked to feelings of pleasure, sensuality, pain relief, and elation. This makes both the mother and the baby happy and relaxed. Sex is a good way to burn calories. So, sex during pregnancy is a great way to remain fit. Signs of Problems During and After Sex when Pregnant If there are any signs of problems during sex when you are pregnant, you should stop immediately and contact your doctor. Similarly, you should contact your doctor right away for any problems you may have after intercourse.
However, You may want to approach a sex therapist if you have any of these problems during and after sex when pregnant: