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Sex During Pregnancy: 5 Myths Busted


Sex has so many perks to offer you when you're expecting and fortunately, most couples can take advantage of those throughout pregnancy. However, even if you get a green light for penetration and orgasm during pregnancy from your doctor, you may still have reservations about having sex, especially as your baby gets bigger.

To put your baseless fears to bed, see which of your pregnancy sex concerns are actually worth worrying about.

1. Is it safe to have sex when I'm pregnant?

Most women having a normal pregnancy may proceed to have sex right up until a few weeks before they go into labour. There are some situations, though, in which you might need to abstain from sex altogether for part or all of your pregnancy. Your doctor should notify you whether you have or may develop any complications that make sex an absolute no-no. If you're uncertain, ask your practitioner.

2. Does sex during pregnancy harm the baby?

No, a baby doesn't get hurt when a pregnant woman is having sex. The amniotic sac and the firm muscles of the uterus keep the baby safe, and the thick mucus plug that seals the cervix helps guard the baby against infection.

3. Can having sex trigger labour?

If you have a normal, low-risk pregnancy, you needn't worry about it. Sexual stimulation does not trigger labour or cause a miscarriage. While orgasms tend to cause minor uterine contractions (and so can nipple stimulation and the prostaglandins in semen), the contractions are generally brief and harmless.

4. Will sex feel different now that I'm pregnant?

Increased blood flow to the pelvic area causes engorgement of the genitals. The heightened sensitivity that results may add to your pleasure during sex. There may be increased vaginal discharge or moistness too, which could also be a plus. Your breasts may feel tingly and unusually sensitive to touch, especially in the first trimester. The tenderness generally subsides, but your breasts may retain the sensitivity. A number of women report that sex feels unusual during pregnancy. Some find it more pleasurable, while others generally find it less so, possibly because of the pregnancy.

5. Will my pregnancy affect my partner's sex drive?

Men tend to find their pregnant wives just as attractive or even more so, though not all do. However, there are a number of reasons your partner's desire may be dampened at least some part of your pregnancy. For example, your partner may be anxious about the impending responsibilities of fatherhood, and this apprehension may affect sexual desire. But the most common reason that affects a man’s sex drive during pregnancy is a fear that penetration will harm the baby. Reassure him and go ahead if you're in the mood.


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