It’s no doubt that approaching sex during pregnancy can be a little daunting. Some parents have preconceived notions about what they can and can’t do during pregnancy, or some people have been told through the grapevine that sex during pregnancy isn’t safe (hint: it totally is!). In any case, here’s everything you need to know about sex during pregnancy!
1) Is sex during pregnancy safe?
Providing that you’re pregnancy is progressing normally and you don’t have any complications, sex is perfectly safe during pregnancy! It’s pretty rare that doctor prescribes what is known as “pelvic rest” (meaning you should abstain from penetrative sex), but it can happen. Generally, as long as you’re not told by your doctor that you shouldn’t – assume you can! If you have any questions, simply ask your doctor!
2) Are orgasms safe?
Absolutely! While orgasms do cause the vaginal walls to contract, it’s not even close to the same degree as actual contractions, and don’t pose a problem for most women.
3) Will having sex hurt the baby?
A regular fear among men in regards to sex is “will my penis poke the baby?”. The answer is no – it won’t. The baby is protected by the amniotic sac as well as layers of muscle. So you’re safe to do the nasty – with no worries about the baby!
4) What about oral and anal sex?
You can proceed with your anal and oral activities during pregnancy – you might just need to be a little more careful! A lot of women get hemorrhoids during pregnancy, so anal sex can be a bit more painful. As for oral sex, if a pregnant woman is receiving, you have to be careful not to blow any air into the vagina. While rare, blowing air into the vagina can cause a serious condition called a venous air embolism – and can sometimes be fatal to mom and baby.
5) If I’m already pregnant, should I still use condoms?
This is something that you should discuss with your partner. If you’re a single pregnant mom-to-be (or you and your partner have an open relationship) experimenting sexually, it’s best to use a condom to help prevent STI’s – which can pass to baby and affect their health.
Sometimes it can be hard to reach around a pregnant belly for some extra stimulation when you need it – a toy can help with that! Try looking for toys that have a handle to give you a little extra reach!
Until next time!
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