With your sexual experience you have achieved the conceivable. Now what? You’ve got nine months to abstain from certain health risks like alcohol and caffeine. And sex?
We’ll just cut right to the point – Even while sometimes it’s best to be cautious, most women can safely have sex throughout pregnancy.
Your health care provider might recommend avoiding sex if you have signs or symptoms such as unexplained vaginal bleeding, leaking amniotic fluid or if your cervix begins to open prematurely. If your placenta partly or completely covers your cervical opening or you have a history of preterm labor or premature birth, your doctor may recommend avoiding sex. Lastly, if you’re carrying multiples, it just might be a good idea to abstain for a while – at least toward the end of the second trimester and into the third trimester.
For the most part those are the warnings. You might have heard something through the grapevine that has you concerned about indulging in the bedroom while pregnant.
Here are some common myths about sex during pregnancy –
You don’t want to hurt the baby –
Don’t worry, you’re not going to hurt the baby. Your baby is protected safely inside your amniotic sac and separated from the outside world by a secure mucous plug in your cervix.
You think that your orgasm might trigger early labor –
While it’s true that orgasms do cause the uterus to contract, that’s okay. The contractions are not harmful to you or your baby nor are they a sign of labor (and won’t trigger labor unless your body is really ready to give birth).
You worry that your baby is watching –
Haha! The truth is that it’s not remotely possible for your baby to actually see what you’re doing, let alone remember it. And get this – your baby might actually enjoy the gentle rocking of your uterine contractions during orgasm.
You’re concerned that sex could infect your baby –
Of course, you should not engage in sexual activity with your partner if he is carrying a sexually transmitted disease. Some of the most common STDs include:
1. Chlamydia – Pregnant women with an untreated chlamydia infection are at a greater risk of developing complications such as risk of miscarriage, premature birth, or stillbirth.
2. Genital Herpes – Can spread to your baby and cause serious life-threatening complications
3. Gonorrhea – Often lends to the statistic of a higher rate of miscarriage, infection of the amniotic sac and fluid, preterm birth and preterm, premature rupture of membranes, though prompt treatment reduces the risk of these complications.
3. Hepatitis B – While a hepatitis B infection will likely not cause any problems for you or your unborn baby during pregnancy, it is important that your doctor knows as the baby will need two shots immediately upon being born –
- hepatitis B vaccine
- one dose of the Hepatitis B Immune Globulin (HBIG)
4. HIV/AIDS – Can be spread to your baby during the pregnancy, while in labor, while giving birth, or by breastfeeding.
5. HPV – In most cases, this will not affect your developing baby.
6. Syphilis – May travel through your bloodstream anytime during pregnancy and infect the placenta or may infect your baby during delivery. It is important to be treated for Syphilis early on.
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Moving on from these warnings, while varying positions may benefit the experience for both you and your partner, the best positions for sex during the third trimester are as follows:
- Spooning Position – Lay on your side with your knees folded in toward your mid section and allow your partner to enter you from behind. This position is most comfortable for you as your ‘baby bump’ can be rested on the bed.
- You on top – Lie on top of your partner or sit astride him and lower yourself onto him. This position allows you to control the amount of penetration.
- From behind – You get down on your knees and hands and your partner enters from behind. If you feel that the penetration is too deep, as your partner to hold back.
- Side by side – this is similar to the spooning position, in reverse order. Face your partner this time and lay your leg over your partner. This allows for mild penetration and again, your bump is supported by the bed.
So there you have it ladies… and partners. Sex during pregnancy is safe – so long as you’re comfortable and your doctor hasn’t provided any restrictions. Remember the warnings that are listed here. And lastly, Have fun – remember, you’re not going to be getting much time for this type of activity after the baby is born.