Sex During Pregnancy: Is It Safe?
Many couples ask their health care provider this question at some point during their pregnancy. In most cases it is very possible to have sex in a normal healthy pregnancy.
The baby is very well protected inside the amniotic sac surrounded by amniotic fluid and the cervix is covered by a thick mucus plug to prevent any infection from entering the uterus.
How will being pregnant effect your sex drive
Generally pregnancy will have one of two effects of a woman’s sex drive. Some experience a lessening of drive in the first and third trimesters, but a surge in the second trimester, and other experience a slow decline in the need for sexual intercourse. Although it has also been reported that some women feel a constant need for sex throughout their pregnancy. Some women, who experience a heightened sex drive, and some women even experience an orgasm or multiple orgasms during their pregnancy.
The change in sex drive during pregnancy is caused by the change in the level of hormones and the increase of blood to the pelvic area. However, it may not always be this way for the same women who have had more than one pregnancies, as some women who experience a surge in sex drive in one pregnancy, may feel the total opposite effect in the second pregnancy.
When should you avoid sex during your pregnancy?
You may be warned against sex during pregnancy in one of the following situations:
- If you have a history of premature labor
- A history of miscarriage
- If you suffer from placenta previa
- If you suffer from an incompetent cervix
What are the sex best positions during pregnancy?
- Lie sideways. Having your partner on top will demand an increasingly creative flexibility as your tummy gets bigger. However, lying partly sideways will allow your partner to keep most of his weight off your uterus.
- Using the bed as a prop. Your stomach wont be an obstacle if you lie with your back at the of the bed with your knees bent, and your bottom and feet perched at the edge of the mattress. Your partner can either kneel or stnd in front of you.
- On Top. This position puts no weight on your abdomen and allows you to control the depth of penetration
- Side-by-side or the spoon position. This position allows for only shallow penetration. Deep thrusts can become uncomfortable as your pregnancy progresses.