- Sex during the initial weeks of pregnancy is totally safe
- But, abstain from it if the doctor says so
- Pregnancy complications like vaginal bleeding may restrain you from having sex
- Talk to your doctor and clarify your doubts about sex during pregnancy
- If you are not interested, communicate it calmly with your partner
Pregnancy brings a set of changes to your body. Hormonal actions trigger some mood swings in you, yet, it is quite natural to have a sex drive during pregnancy. Do you carry misconceptions about sex during pregnancy?
According to American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, sex during pregnancy is totally safe and may also result in a better bonding between the partners. But, if your health care provider or midwife has restricted you from having sex, there will be some reasons behind it. Pregnancy complications may restrain you from having an intercourse which may risk your health or the baby’s.
Complications that restrain you from having sex during pregnancy include:
1. Higher chances of preterm labor
2. Placenta Previa
3. Unexplained vaginal bleeding
4. Carrying twins, triplets or more
5. Water break
6. Cervix begins to open prematurely
Though the doctor may restrain you from having intercourse, you can always cuddle each other, hug and kiss and maintain a healthy relationship. Support and bonding of the partner during the pregnancy plays a crucial role to stay healthy both physically and mentally during pregnancy.
Meanwhile, in some women, the changes in the body, hormonal action, and the discomforts usually felt during pregnancy may make them disinterested in having sex. It is advisable to share such disinterests calmly to the partner.
As per American Pregnancy Association, if there are higher chances of getting Sexually Transmitted Diseases, it is advisable not to have sexual intercourse during pregnancy.
It is a misconception that having sex during pregnancy may hurt the baby. The baby has been protected well by the amniotic sac and uterine walls. During intercourse, the genital reaches till the vagina only, thus the baby is always safe in the mother’s womb. But in case of having any infections always use condoms.
Call your doctor or midwife:
1. If you feel cramps or pains that last longer than usual
2. If you have bleeding or discharges
3. Any unusual feeling or discomforts
Some Do’s and Don’ts:
1. Always understand the partner’s feelings and proceed.
2. Communicate the worries and fears.
3. Use a condom if you feel unsafe.
4. Opt for the most comfortable position for sex rather than trying in for different straining positions.
5. Abstain if the doctor restricts you
6. Talk to your doctor, if you have any fears; take your partner also to avoid confusions.
7. Abstain from any type of unnatural sex, positioning on sex.