Sex during pregnancy – Here’s what you need to know

sex during pregnancy

So you’re pregnant. That doesn’t mean you can’t have sex in the first trimester! Although a lot of couples worry that sex during pregnancy may cause a miscarriage, sex shouldn’t generally be a concern. But you should know that most miscarriages actually occur because the fetus isn't viable or is not developing normally.

When should I stop making love during pregnancy

As long as your pregnancy is proceeding normally, you can have sex as often as you like. In a normal pregnancy anyway, unless your gynaecologist advises you not to for any of the following reasons -

  • you have had a history or scare of miscarriage
  • you have undiagnosed vaginal spotting or bleeding
  • you have pain or cramps in your tummy
  • you have family history of cervical incontinence
  • you are pregnant with multiples or twins
  • you have placenta praevia (a low lying placenta)

Will there be any change in sex life during pregnancy?

Well, it depends. Some women find that sex feels better than before, but for others it can end up being a bit uncomfortable. Your partner may find your ripe and pregnant body more desirable. And with no contraception or pregnancy to to worry about, you both may find sex more enjoyable now more than ever. Add to that, there is an increased blood flow to your genitals which then heightens the sensation of pleasure.

Be aware that a few women experience an uncomfortable feeling of fullness after sex. Others get abdominal cramps. Some may find their breasts too tender and almost painful to touch. And if you’re suffering from nausea, you may not even want to have sex.

But here’s one good tip - To enjoy sex through pregnancy, try to avoid very deep and vigorous penetration and instead, opt for a gentle roll in the hay, metaphorically speaking of course.

Can love making during pregnancy harm your baby?

The short answer is no. As always, your baby is actually cushioned and very safe in the amniotic fluid that surrounds her. Besides, your cervix is closed and is held shut by a mucus plug, which means there ain’t no fluid getting in there.

And no worries, your partner will simply not be able to penetrate deep enough to touch your baby. And even though orgasms have shown to trigger uterine contractions, these aren’t harmful and are nothing like the contractions that cause labour.