can you…ummm…still have sex? yes!!!
Pregnancy sex can be difficult to think about but trust us: it is not going to be difficult when you do the nasty. The first thought that comes to your mind is that you might poke the baby on the head. Well, that is not likely as the womb is much further up than you think. So, you can just go at it the way you want.
However, the description given here is vague as pregnancy can be different for different women. Some may feel like it, and some may not. Sure, you can dance in the sheets until the water breaks, but for the mom, their hormones are all over the place during pregnancy. The best way to be careful is to consult your doctor about this because the medical professionals know what is technically going on in your body, and how much is too much, and how much is okay.
CAN HAVING SEX TRIGGER LABOR?
Nothing can make you go into labor until your body is ready (except medical intervention). But male ejaculations soften the cervix and can assist with dilation in a sense preparing the cervix for labor. There’s a whole lot of other things that have to line up to cause true labor, though. Anyway, so if having sex does put you in labor, then that just means your baby is ready anyway. Long story short, go at it and have fun, don’t worry about the baby. When it’s ready, it will come out, whether you have sex or not.
CAN PREGNANCY DECREASE SEXUAL DESIRE?
The body changes that come with pregnancy can also turn familiar territory into an unfamiliar one. Expectant dads can be affected too, not only because the mom looks and feels different, but because as the pregnancy progresses, he’ll see and feel the baby move. Most of what causes a change in sex drive is mental and emotional, rather than physiological.
WHAT IF YOU CRAMP AFTER SEX?
Cramping after sex might be an occurrence even if you are not pregnant. But in pregnancy, this can increase. If your partners start cramping after sex, don’t freak out. An hour or two of mild cramps isn’t unusual because both orgasm and the prostaglandins in semen can cause uterine contractions. But if the cramping continues it is best to seek medical help.
WHEN TO AVOID SEX IN PREGNANCY?
Your doctor will probably advise you to avoid sex if you’ve had any heavy bleeding during pregnancy. Sex may increase the risk of further bleeding if the placenta is low or there’s a collection of blood.
AVOID SEX IF:
Your waters have broken – it can increase the risk of infection
There are any problems with the entrance to your womb you may be at a higher risk of going into early labor or having a miscarriage
You’re having twins. You’ve previously had early labors
You’re in the later stages of pregnancy
While sex is safe for most couples in pregnancy, it may not be all that easy. You will probably need to find different positions. This can be a time to explore and experiment together. It may be better to lie on your sides, either facing each other or with your partner behind.