Is It Safe To Have Sex During Pregnancy?

Worried about having intercourse during your pregnancy? Pregnant women think that sexual intercourse will result in miscarriage.

But the fact is that it doesn’t cause any harm during your pregnancy.

Unless you are told by your doctor or midwife about the particular risk, it is fine to continue sexual intercourse.

For women with normal pregnancy, sex is considered as safe at all stages of your pregnancy.

Now you will get a doubt about what is normal pregnancy. A normal pregnancy is considered as a stage that has low risk for complications like pre-term labor or miscarriage. So, to know about your condition, you need to talk with your health care provider about whether you fall into this type or not.Sex during Pregnancy

As sex during pregnancy is safe, it doesn’t mean that you necessarily have it. Most pregnant women find that their wish for sex varies in certain stages of pregnancy. Some women feel it as uncomfortable as their bodies becomes larger.

During these times, you need to discuss it with your partner about the sexual relationship. Find out other ways in order to satisfy your needs for relationship. Instead of having sex in missionary position, try other positions in which you will feel more comfortable.

Most of the women lose their desire towards sex late in their pregnancy. This is because of their size and also they are anxious about their impending delivery and with the thrill of becoming new mother.

When it is not safe to have sex during pregnancy?

Mainly two types of sexual behaviors are not considered as safe for any pregnant woman.

Engaging in oral sex:

When you are participating in oral sex, you should not allow your husband to blow air into your vagina. This causes an air embolism as it can be more harmful for you and your baby.

Participating in sex without knowing his sexual history:

Don’t have sex with a person whose sexual history is not known or a person who is suffering from STDs like Chlamydia, genital warts and genital herpes. If you become infected with any of these conditions, they can easily transmit to your baby and cause potentially dangerous problems.

When to avoid sex during pregnancy?

  • A history of miscarriage
  • Having a record of pre-term labor
  • Suspicious vaginal bleeding, cramping, spotting or discharge
  • Multiple fetuses i.e. having twins or multiples
  • Amniotic fluid discharge
  • Placenta previa – It is a condition in which placenta is situated down where it wraps the cervix.
  • Incompetent cervix – This is the state of having weakened cervix and opens prematurely. This condition increases the risk for miscarriage or premature delivery.

Usually the responses towards sex during pregnancy differ from person-to-person. Some pregnant women find that the sex life will be improved with pregnancy. The reasons for this include:

  • Pregnant women enjoy the days greatly as they are free from periods.
  • No need to worry about contraceptives.
  • Some pregnant women can be easily aroused as there is improved flow of blood to the pelvic region.
  • Your partner will enjoy the changes that occur in your body.

Keep these conditions in your mind while participating in sex during pregnancy. Remember that normal pregnancy won’t cause any complications when participate in sex also.


  1. Still, some couples experience difficulty becoming intimate during pregnancy. The most sensible way is of course, to take your partner with you to the doctor and let your doctor assure your husband that sex during pregnancy is very safe. (As long as you have a normal pregnancy that is not high risk) You partner will not damage the baby.


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