3 things you need to know about sex during pregnancy

July 16, 2013 12:00 AM by

It doesn't matter if you're a first time mother or you're an old champ at this babymaking game – as each trimester passes by, there's one thing you've probably been asking yourself each step of the way: Is it still okay to have sex?

Maintaining an active and fulfilling sex life is a major consideration for couples as pregnancy progresses, especially since it may be trickier once that little guy or gal arrives.

If you're adding another baby to the household, you may be used to working your sexy times around your duties as a parent, but that doesn't mean a new bundle of joy won't throw a wrench in those plans – at least for a few months anyway!

As a result, you may find yourself eager to make the most of your sex life while you're getting ready for baby, but there are a few things you should definitely keep in mind. The following are three important tips to be mindful of as you plan for sex during your pregnancy.

1. Sex during pregnancy is perfectly fine
The biggest stumbling block when it comes to sex while expecting is the belief that many moms-to-be have, which is that sex may not be okay during pregnancy. However, intercourse while carrying a baby is perfectly normal – and truthfully, could even be much more pleasurable, since the body is going through significant changes that can help increase sensitivity and your responsiveness to your partner.

2. Sex won't hurt the baby
Some moms-to-be get concerned that sex could have a negative impact on the baby when they're getting down to business. But the fact is, there are many barriers between your partner and your baby, who is also being protected by the amniotic fluid in your uterus. You can relax and enjoy yourself during sex – your developing baby won't even notice!

3. Talk to your doctor if you're worried
Sex during pregnancy can be as satisfying as it was before you found out about your special delivery, but in some instances, you may encounter issues. Certain intimate acts between you and your partner may leave you feeling less than great, in which case, you shouldn't hesitate to talk to your healthcare provider about the concerns you're having.

If you're experiencing unexpected bleeding, are leaking amniotic fluid or have a history of preterm or premature labor, you may want to avoid sex, at least until you can speak with your doctor and gain insight into what else may be going on.

But, in general, don't be surprised if you also notice a change in your overall sex drive while you're expecting – some women feel more desirable than ever before, while others may be less inclined to get down to business. No matter what, it's important for you to listen to your body and pay attention to signals that it may be sending. You don't want to miss out on the opportunity to connect closer with your partner!

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