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It’s common to have questions whether or not sex is safe during pregnancy. Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, sex is safe. However, if after having sex, you have heavy vaginal bleeding, painful cramps or leaking amniotic fluid, call your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately. It’s also important to remember that nothing should enter the vagina after your water breaks to prevent infection.
Does having sex harm my baby?
If you have a healthy and normal pregnancy, having intercourse will not hurt your baby. Your baby is well protected by the amniotic sac in the uterus and the mucous plug. Your partner’s penis doesn’t make contact with your baby during sex.
What are the best sex positions during pregnancy?
Most sexual positions are OK as long as YOU are comfortable. Experiment and make adjustments to find what is best for both of you. Talk to your partner about other positions if the way you usually have sex is uncomfortable or no longer feels good. Here are some pregnancy sex positions to try:
- Woman on top. This position puts you in control of how fast, slow and comfortable you are during sex.
- Lay sideways with your partner lying behind you. This position helps lower the amount of pressure placed on your belly.
- Woman on hands and knees. This position works best during the first and second trimester because it lowers the pressure placed on your belly. As your belly grows bigger, you may find this position uncomfortable.
Sex should be avoided if
- You have unexplained vaginal bleeding
- Your cervix begins to open prematurely (cervical incompetence)
- You are at risk of preterm labor
- Your placenta partly or completely covers your cervical opening (placenta previa)
- You’re leaking amniotic fluid
How soon can you have sex after your baby is born?
Pregnant women and their partners often wonder when they can resume having sex after delivery. After giving birth, your cervix needs time to close and any tears during birth need time to completely heal. The resumption of intercourse should be dictated by a woman’s level of comfort. There’re no set “waiting period” or specific guidelines about when to resume intercourse. However, some doctors recommend waiting 6 weeks after giving birth.
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References and Resources
- Mayo Clinic – Sex during pregnancy
- March of Dimes – Sex during pregnancy
- Womenshealth.gov – Staying healthy and safe: Having Sex
- Mayo Clinic – Sex after pregnancy: Set your own timeline