Intimacy During Pregnancy

Do you have questions on intimacy during pregnancy? If so, you’re not alone.

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One of the most common questions is if intercourse during pregnancy is safe for you and the baby.

The answer is yes. The baby is well protected by the amniotic fluid.

Generally, intercourse during pregnancy can be pleasurable for both partners. However, this may become more uncomfortable as time goes on, especially in the third trimester.

Most women report an increase in libido during the second trimester. Generally, the nausea has improved and your energy level has returned. In addition, you have lots of estrogen contributing to the “pregnancy glow.”

There are certain conditions during pregnancy that may prohibit intercourse and it may be advisable to avoid sex during the first trimester if you have a history of miscarriages.

No matter which trimester you are in spotting may occur afterwards. If it is more than that or you have pain after sex, notify your physician.

Lastly, communication with your partner to find positions that are more comfortable is important. Additional lubrication may be necessary and don’t be surprised if you have some mild contractions or cramping after orgasm.

Your obstetrician is comfortable answering your questions about this issue, so please don’t be afraid to ask.