Sexual intercourse during pregnancy: Is it normal?

Sexual intercourse during pregnancy

For a normal pregnancy, it is natural to feel sexually aroused which often leads to sexual intercourse. In such cases, the most important concern for any woman is the safety of the baby during penetration – it is safe! If your pregnancy is normal, the intercourse movements or penetration do not harm the baby. However, you have to be careful with the positions and may have to change a bit the way you perform sexual activities.

Gynecologists typically advise avoiding sexual intercourse during the third trimester of pregnancy. The contractions of orgasm may not be the same as labor contractions. However, for better safety as a part of precautionary measures, you should not have intercourse in the final weeks.

When you should you avoid sexual intercourse:

Your gynecologist may advise you not to have sexual intercourse if one or more of the following cases have occurred with you:

• The pregnancy is at risk of miscarriage
• You have had miscarriages before
• Pregnancy is at risk of pre-term contractions
• Discharge/vaginal bleeding/abdominal cramps without a known reason.
• Fluids are passing through the sac
• In the first few weeks of your pregnancy, the cervix has opened.
• It is a case of placenta previa
• It is a pregnancy with multiples

If your healthcare provider suggests not having sex during pregnancy, it also adds any activity that drives orgasm or sexual arousal.

Having said that, it is very natural to have intense sexual desire during your pregnancy. This can happen due to the body changes that you go through. Most women become self-conscious about as their belly and breast grow during pregnancy. If you are allowed to have sexual intercourse, you can play along.

In such cases, you should talk to your partner, tell him about your feelings. You may have to change positions after you conceive. You may have to become even more careful in the later pregnancy.

Do not lie flat on your back when having sexual intercourse, especially during the fourth month as it may have a negative impact on the weight of the growing baby. You can position yourself by sitting on the top or stay upright.

Before you plan to have sexual intercourse during pregnancy, it is advised to check with the doctor in every trimester. He may guide you on the basis of the status of your pregnancy. Consult your doctor about that, If you are feeling uncomfortable with a male gynecologist, you can consider speaking to a women’s healthcare specialist for the same.