Sex during and after pregnancy

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Pregnancy should not stop you and your partner enjoying a healthy sex life. Having sex throughout pregnancy is safe. However, if there are issues such as vaginal bleeding or any other pregnancy complications, then it is not advisable to have intercourse. As pregnancy progresses, It is best to keep in mind the woman’s comfort and allow her to control the amount of penetration and also the positions that will maximise her comfort. If there is any discomfort, you can try using some lubricant. Using condoms during pregnancy will protect you and your baby from sexually transmitted diseases.

The most couple has second thoughts about having sex during pregnancy thinking if it might harm the baby or complicate the pregnancy. But with a normal pregnancy, you can keep making love right up until your waters break. Intercourse’s movement and penetration are not going to harm the baby as the baby is well protected by the abdomen and the uterus’ strong walls. Your baby is also cushioned by the amniotic sac’s fluid. In a normal pregnancy, having sex is not linked with early miscarriage and is not a cause of vaginal infections.


The primary concern of parents-to-be is their fear that sex will cause a miscarriage. Miscarriages are unrelated to sexual activity. There is no proof that sex during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage.

When you have intercourse, there is no way that the penis will physically contact the foetus. In no way, it would hurt the baby because the baby is well protected by uterine muscle and amniotic fluid. The cervical mucus plug prevents bacteria and semen from entering the womb. However, it is best to avoid deep penetration if the pregnant woman experiences pain.

Uterine contractions may occur during orgasms. However, the vast majority of studies indicate that in a normal pregnancy, orgasms with or without intercourse don’t lead to premature labour or miscarriage.

Still, as a general safety precaution, it is advised to avoid sex in the final weeks of pregnancy. It is believed (though there is no proper proof) that hormones in semen called prostaglandins can stimulate contractions. Some of the doctors assume that prostaglandins in semen actually induce labour since the gel used to “ripen” the cervix and induce labour also contains prostaglandins.


It is better to avoid sex for the following reasons:

  •    if you are at risk for miscarriage or history of past miscarriages
  •    if you have abdominal pains or cramps
  •    You are likely to have a premature birth or labour
  •    You have a weak cervix
  •    Placenta previa
  •    Your water has broken
  •    Vaginal bleeding
  •    You or your partner has an active sexually transmitted disease
  •    Your amniotic sac is leaking fluid or has ruptured membranes
  •    You’re expecting triplets, twins or other “multiples.”

Keep in mind, if your doctor asks you not to have sex, that may even include anything that involves orgasm or sexual arousal, not just intercourse.

Pregnancy sex


How good and satisfying will sex be during pregnancy depends on the pregnant woman. Some women feel very good and relaxing while others might feel it highly uncomfortable and stressful. Raised blood flow to your pelvic area while the pregnancy can cause your genitals to engorge, and heighten sexual sensation. This high sexual feeling itself leaves some women not completely satisfied after intercourse. Many women find that their clitoris is slightly less sensitive during pregnancy or that their orgasms are less powerful. It’s also quite common for women to say they can’t attain orgasm as quickly while they’re carrying a baby. Some women find sex to be painful during pregnancy, and this is especially true when penetration is deep. However, this can be avoided by experimenting different sexual positions where penetration is shallow or under your control.

During pregnancy, many couples find that they experience more pleasure from foreplay, oral sex or masturbation than intercourse. So if you can, it is best to try and keep some level of intimacy going throughout your pregnancy. Not only does it help to keep your relationship healthy, but it also makes it more likely you won’t have sexual problems after your baby is born.

After childbirth


Although it is medically safe to resume sex soon after delivery, there is no set rule for this. However, it is better to wait till the bleeding stops. It is also good to take into consideration the vaginal tenderness and see if sex would be mutually comforting and pleasurable. All in all, one must consider how the new mother is feeling. There are too many influences and emotions to take into consideration. It is best to be patient and loving. Try and give your lady love a break, some time to herself, some time with her new born. More than all these she needs to relax and rest. Intercourse is generally safe after any incisions have fully healed and you feel the delicate tissues of your vagina have healed. This healing usually takes several weeks (at least six weeks after delivery). In general, sexual intercourse can be resumed by the third postpartum week if you’re comfortable and there are no complicating factors. If you have questions regarding resuming sexual activity after pregnancy, ask your doctor.