Sex During Pregnancy?
Having your first child is an exciting and wondrous experience. It is also a time to question and worry about whether you are doing or not doing what you should to keep your pregnancy safe. If you have an active sex life with your partner, you may be wondering if it is safe to continue sex while you are pregnant. There is no reason not to continue the intimacy you share, except in a few cases. Here are some guidelines on having sex while you are pregnant.
There are several myths floating around out there about pregnancy and sex. You may have heard that sex can be harmful to the baby, or that the baby knows what you are doing. Both are untrue. The baby is protected by the amniotic fluid, and of course he or she has no idea what is going on. Another myth is that sex can be painful or harmful to you. There are some instances where sex can be unsafe. If a woman has a risk or history of miscarrying, has placenta previa, is leaking amniotic fluid, or has an incompetent cervix, or if there is bleeding or cramping. Otherwise, with some modifications with positioning later in the pregnancy, there is no way sex should be harmful or painful. Check with your doctor to be sure if you are experiencing any of the above situations.
Your sex drive may fluctuate up and down during your term. Many women experience an increase, especially women who love the new voluptuousness in their bodies. It’s common during the first trimester to feel a bit of a decrease due to the mommy to be trying to handle morning sickness, feeling more tired, and soreness in the breasts. Sex may be the last thing on your mind as you deal with the changes going on in your body.
By your second trimester, you are feeling so much better, you may even be in sexual overdrive. Blood flow to the nether regions even helps with orgasms and heightens the desire. Physically, you are still small enough to be comfortable during sex.
In the third trimester, sex may be the last thing on your mind. Your increasing belly makes things a bit unwieldy, and you probably will feel a bit distracted by a million thoughts going through your head about birth and bringing baby home. If you just can’t handle sex at this time, don’t worry. Be intimate in other ways with your partner. Keep communication lines open and be honest with how you are feeling.
As your belly gets bigger and bigger, most couples find that the woman on top position helps you guide the tempo, the spooning position puts less pressure on the abdomen, and the hand and knees position is good for keeping pressure off the belly, but by the third trimester this position may be uncomfortable.
Talk to your partner about what is happening with your body and how your needs are changing. Let mutual pleasure be your guide. Keep a good sense of humor, work together and you can have a good sex life through your pregnancy.