Have you ever asked yourself “Is sex safe during pregnancy?” If you have, then I am sure you already realize that you must take extra precautions when you are pregnant, and you are probably wondering “How do I find out if sex is okay?” The answer to that question is simple. Yes, it is absolutely safe and completely healthy to have sexual intercourse during pregnancy provided that your pregnancy is progressing normally and healthy. You will want to speak to your doctor to ensure that sex is okay prior to conception, but after.
Early on in your pregnancy, you will likely be dealing with morning sickness, hormonal changes and fatigue. This is why it is important to keep moving throughout your trimester. You do not want to sit and remain in one position for the entire term of your pregnancy. Sex is especially important in the first trimester and therefore, a safe time to have intercourse is at least every few hours. In fact, many women report having orgasms and becoming pregnant in only a few short hours after sexual intercourse.
So is sex safe during pregnancy?
Another safe safety precaution is wearing a seat belt. Studies show that sexual positions such as doggy style and missionary are actually safer than most other sexual positions. Additionally, most women would rather be sitting than being laying down, which means that a head rest is also a good safety precaution.
If you choose to have oral sex during your pregnancy, there are a few safety tips that you should follow. First, use a condom. If you are not sure whether or not you should use a condom, then use one just to be safe. Oral sex during pregnancy can be dangerous and should only be attempted when you are with a partner who is very reliable.
You may find it helpful to wear a lubricant during the second trimester if you are sexually active. If you are vaginal, then a water-based lubricant may work best. If you have anal sex, then petroleum-based lubricants are usually recommended. Be careful though, as some may find it uncomfortable and others may find it causes rashes.
For couples that still have sexual desire despite being pregnant, then it may be safe to engage in oral sex. However, this must be done carefully. Do not use your baby in any way during oral sex. Also, keep in mind that you must not force the issue if you are not comfortable with sexual activity. Instead, talk to your doctor about ways that you can help decrease the risk of a baby being born before the woman has fulfilled her reproductive needs. The doctor will be able to tell you which positions are safest and how you can increase your chances of not having an unexpected child.
Once the final weeks of pregnancy begin to fade, then you are ready for real sexual intercourse. The last two weeks of pregnancy are your most active months. This is when your body is producing the most prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are necessary so that contractions will occur to keep the baby inside. You can also stimulate contractions with certain sexual positions.
Overall, having a healthy sex life is very important during your pregnancy. However, having too much sex is not okay. In fact, having sex during the final weeks of your pregnancy can lead to problems for both you and the baby. If you think that you are having sex at too high of a level or are having unprotected sex, then talk to your doctor about ways to improve your sexual life and the health of your pregnancy.