For most women, sex is considered safe during pregnancy. However, it is important to check with your doctor because there could be some medical reasons where it is not advisable. Each pregnancy is different and it is best to be safe than sorry.
Your baby has a very strong protection as it is surrounded by amniotic fluid and a very tough uterine lining which will protect the baby from some normal movements.
However, your doctor may ask you to abstain in certain conditions. You may want to have your partner along for the prenatal check-ups so that he is also able to understand the situation and support you.
Here are some conditions which may pose a concern:
- If you have a low lying placenta or placenta previa
- If you have a history of preterm labor or are at risk for preterm labor in this pregnancy
- If you have had incidences of vaginal bleeding during the pregnancy
- If you have a short cervical length or if it appears that your cervix is dilating
- It is a good idea to abstain once your bag of waters has broken as now infections can pass to the baby
- If you or your partner has active genital herpes or other infections which can be sexually transmitted
- If you experience discomfort or pain during intercourse
Please don’t be afraid to ask questions to your doctor. It may seem like an embarrassing discussion but it is worth it to understand your own medical conditions.
The above list is not all inclusive and there may be other medical conditions as diagnosed by your doctor for your specific situation.
If you have been asked to abstain, you can find other ways to pleasure your partner like cuddling, intimate conversations, massages and more. Just remember that if it has been contraindicated for the mom she may also need to avoid orgasms and nipple stimulation so be careful.
Get creative with how you want to seek pleasure and enjoy!
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