The simple answer to -Can we have sex during pregnancy?- is yes. At all stages of pregnancy you can safely have sex but for your own comfort and enjoyment you may want to make some changes to your usual positions.
Pregnancy certainly doesn’t have to mean your passionate relationship has to go on hold. In fact your swelling hormones and altering body could make you feel sexier than usual! At some stages of pregnancy women can find they become more quickly aroused even be able to reach orgasm more quickly, or for the first time through intercourse.
Consider also that this is a time when you can have sex without worrying about contraception or working to get pregnant. So enjoy the freedom!
Then, as an added bonus, your higher levels of oestrogen and progesterone could result in your breasts and vagina being more easily stimulated so you may even enjoy sex more than usual.
But remember it is up to you what form your lovemaking takes. If you don’t feel like having penetrative sex you can still maintain an intimate relationship with your partner by cuddling, giving massages, mutual stimulation, or perhaps having oral sex instead.
Try a new position
In the third trimester stage of pregnancy it’s not recommended that women lie on their backs and you may feel awkward and uncomfortable in positions that press your tender breasts. So try some new positions such as alongside each other – where there is no pressure at all on your bump.
Or if you are feeling energetic you could try sex with the woman on top, lifting yourself off your partner’s stomach while supporting yourself on squatting legs to prevent pressure on your tummy and breasts.
Remember ladies, you can do your pelvic floor exercises during sex which your partner will appreciate!
Can sex harm my baby?
At all stages of pregnancy sex is perfectly safe for your baby and won’t hurt her at all. Sometimes babies move around more when women have an orgasm, but that could be due to the spasms or the increased blood flow which gives her an oxygen and nutrients boost.
Are there any risks?
Talk to your GP or midwife if you are classed as a high-risk pregnancy. They may recommend that full sexual intercourse is avoided for part or all of your pregnancy.
If you’ve had a miscarriage or premature labour in the past, or if you have any bleeding after sex tell your midwife or doctor.
Author Bio: Debra Aspinall is an experienced journalist and the editor and leading writer for the Emma’s Diary website, one of the UKs foremost pregnancy and baby websites. She writes on raspberry leaf tea, baby clubs, early pregnancy test and etc. If you are searching for free baby stuff, please visit us at Emmasdiary.co.uk.