Sex & Pregnancy

March 17, 2022

If you are newly pregnant, congratulations! It can be a fun and exciting time but for new soon-to-be-mothers – it can be a lot to process. At times you might even feel like you have this endless list of questions to ask. Many people like to know what they should and should not do during pregnancy. That is perfectly normal. One of the many pregnancy-related questions that are frequently asked… Is it safe to have sex during pregnancy? Well, there are various ways to answer this question.  

Is it safe to have sex during pregnancy?

That precious new life that is developing in your uterus is protected by amniotic fluid as well as the strong muscles of the uterus. As long as you haven’t experienced complications like preterm labor or placenta problems – it is safe to have sex. However, your level of comfort and sexual desire may have changed slightly. Which is completely normal.

Will there be times that I should avoid sex?

Not necessarily. However, you should be aware that breast stimulation, female orgasms and certain hormones in semen called prostaglandins can cause uterine contractions.

Your health care provider might recommend avoiding sex if you experience any of the following:

  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • Leaking amniotic fluid
  • The cervix begins to open prematurely (cervical incompetence)
  • The placenta partly or completely covers your cervical opening which is also referred to as placenta previa
  • A history of preterm labor or premature birth

Which sexual position is best during pregnancy?

The answer to this question will have a lot to do with your comfort level. All of the sexual positions are OK to practice as long as you are comfortable. Some women may say that being on their side works the best for them. Or they may say the pressure on their back is too much and they get creative to find a position that works for them to enjoy the actual act.

Sex may play an important role in your relationship. If so, find ways to be intimate and share moments that help to bond your relationship with your partner. You should also keep in mind that if your partner has been diagnosed with an STI, condoms are necessary. The use of condoms should be practiced if you are not in a mutually monogamous relationship or if you have a new partner.

If you are concerned that sex may cause a miscarriage during your pregnancy, please know that sex will not provoke a miscarriage.  Miscarriages are unrelated to sex. The time you take to research to ensure that you have a healthy pregnancy shows you are on your way to being an amazing parent. If you have questions or concerns about your pregnancy call OB-GYN Women’s Centre of Lakewood Ranch. We are here to help!