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Can Sex Cause a Miscarriage?

on Apr 28, 2013

by Alyssia Granger

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Can Sex Cause a Miscarriage?

The truth is, as long as your pregnancy is progressing normally without any real problems, sex during pregnancy is completely safe.

Sex During Pregnancy

Pregnancy can change a woman’s thoughts on sex. Some women can’t get enough sex during pregnancy, and other women decide they never want to have it again (for awhile at least!). But, the truth is, as long as your pregnancy is progressing normally without any real problems, sex during pregnancy is completely safe. There is no research that shows that sex during pregnancy causes any harm to mother or baby. This doesn’t mean that every couple feels comfortable with having sex during pregnancy, or that every pregnant woman even WANTS to have sex during pregnancy. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Can Sex Cause Miscarriage?

There is no evidence that sex during pregnancy can cause a miscarriage. Miscarriages that normally occur within the first few weeks of pregnancy are usually due to chromosomal abnormalities and things like that, and are not something that could be prevented one way or another. During pregnancy, the baby has not only the amniotic sac but also the strong walls of the mother’s uterus surrounding and protecting it, so sex during pregnancy should not have any affect at all on the baby. That being said, some doctors ask that women avoid “rough sex” during pregnancy, and anal sex also, since it could aggravate hemorrhoids, which are super common during pregnancy.

When To Avoid Sex During Pregnancy

Most of the time, if there is a reason for you to avoid sex during pregnancy, you will already know about it and chances are you have already discussed it with your doctor beforehand. Some reasons that sex might need to be avoided during pregnancy are if you have a history of premature birth or preterm labor, or if your doctor thinks you might be at risk for preterm labor. Also, if you’re leaking amniotic fluid or have unexplained vaginal bleeding you should avoid sex until your doctor can be sure of what is going on. Also conditions such as placenta previa mean that sex should be avoided during pregnancy, but as mentioned before, you will know about these conditions if you have them, and chances are you will have already talked with your doctor about sex during pregnancy.

The Bottom Line

The truth is that a lot of couples, especially ones who have experienced pregnancy loss before, might feel nervous about having sex during pregnancy, and might be afraid of “hurting the baby.” While there is no scientific evidence to back this up, if a couple is afraid of having sex during pregnancy, they should not feel pressured to do so. Some couples will be able to have sex after the first trimester only, when they feel like things with the pregnancy are more secure. Either way, if you are worried about sex during pregnancy, talk with your doctor for some reassurance.

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

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