Put your fears aside—we’re here to tell you it’s perfectly OK to “do it” during pregnancy.
For some, the many hormonal changes you experience during pregnancy can make you feel like sex is the last thing you want. This is especially true during the first trimester, when you are more likely to feel nauseous and tired. But by the second trimester, when blood flow to your sexual organs and breasts increases, many women have great sexual desire. Pregnant or not, sex is a safe way to ease stress and tension.
A few exceptions to safety: avoid vaginal intercourse if you or your partner has a herpes sore or if:
- You have a high risk of miscarriage or premature labor
- You have unexplained bleeding
- You have pain
- You can’t find a comfortable position.
A couple other no-brainers to point out: you shouldn’t have sex if your water has broken or if labor has begun. We know, we know, but we had to point it out.
As far as the safety of your baby—the fetus is protected by amniotic fluid and mucous. Sexual activity won’t harm your baby.
If you’re in the mood, go for it. Work with your partner to find a comfortable position and enjoy yourself.
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