How Safe is Sex During and After Pregnancy?

How Safe is Sex During and After Pregnancy?

Sex during pregnancy. For some couples, it might come naturally, without a second thought. However, for some couples, sex during pregnancy can be a nerve wracking subject. Is it safe? Should you wait? Or should you just go for it? Read on to get all the answers you need! Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

When Sex Is Safe

Most of the time, sex during pregnancy is completely safe and natural. There is no harm to your baby during sex. The amniotic sac and your uterine muscles protect the baby during sex, so you don’t have to worry about that.

Some couples have sex right up until the mom’s water breaks, and some even use sex to bring on labor! Orgasm can produce uterine contractions that might help move labor along when it is in its very early stages. Sex is usually completely and totally safe during pregnancy, and you should have nothing to worry about the majority of the time.

When Sex Isn’t Safe

There are also a few instances during pregnancy that sex might not be safe. One of those situations is if you are having twins, triplets, or any other sort of multiples. Your doctor might recommend that you abstain from sex. If you are at risk for miscarriage, or preterm labor or birth, your doctor might suggest that you abstain from sex during pregnancy as well.

Some other reasons that sex might be off the table during pregnancy? If your placenta is too low in your cervix, if you are having cramping or bleeding, or if you are leaking amniotic fluid during your pregnancy. If you feel uncomfortable during sex, that is also a good sign that you should give it a rest during pregnancy.

Sex After Pregnancy

The rule of thumb is six weeks of no sex after pregnancy. At your post partum checkup, usually at six weeks, your doctor will give you the all clear (or not) for sex. However, many woman wait much longer than the recommended six weeks to resume sex.

You have to take into consideration a woman’s physical and emotional state after giving birth. There is really no black and white answer for when to resume sexual intercourse after pregnancy, it is something that every couple will have to figure out for themselves. However, you can ask your doctor for advice if need be.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.