Sex During Pregnancy: 5 Things To Keep In Mind

Many couples are confused if pregnancy is safe during pregnancy or not. Here’s what the expert says. 

Navya Kharbanda
Written by: Navya KharbandaUpdated at: Nov 29, 2022 18:10 IST
Sex During Pregnancy: 5 Things To Keep In Mind

There is a lot of confusion and uncertainty when it comes to having sex during pregnancy. You may have several questions, like whether it's safe for the foetus and just how frequently one should engage in sex. In the majority of the cases, there is no adverse effect of indulging in pregnancy sex, for you or your unborn baby. To know more about sex during pregnancy, OnlyMyHealth editorial team spoke to Dr. Ramna Banerjee, Gynaecologist & Obstetrician in Apollo, 24|7.

Sex During Pregnancy

Dr. Banerjee said, "A lot of people wonder whether it is safe to have sex during pregnancy. Well, it is. However, pregnancy may change your sex drive and how sex feels. So, it’s a good idea to keep some things in mind before attempting sex while pregnant." To assuage all your worries, here are five things you should keep in mind when thinking about enjoying pregnancy sex.  

1. Pregnancy Sex is Safe

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One of the biggest and most common concerns surrounding pregnancy sex is that it could hurt the baby. However, unless your midwife or doctor has given you specific reasons to not indulge in intercourse, these fears are baseless. Your baby is safely cocooned in the amniotic sac in the uterus and also protected by the strong muscles of your uterus. Moreover, your cervix is protected by the mucus plug.

So, sexual intercourse won't have any impact on your baby unless you are suffering from complications like placenta problems or preterm labour. Notably, pregnancy can lead to changes in the level of your sexual desire and comfort. Furthermore, studies reveal women who enjoy orgasms during pregnancy experience increased cardiovascular blood flow and calming hormones. Additionally, these benefits are even passed down to the baby. 

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2. Sex During Pregnancy Might Feel Different Than Usual

How sex feels during pregnancy varies greatly from woman to woman. More often than not, it feels different from usual owing to increased blood flow and pregnancy hormones. During pregnancy, blood volume increases by around 40%, which heightens sensitivity all through your erogenous zones, leading to more intense and sometimes even multiple orgasms.

However, for some women, the physical changes caused by pregnancy can make them feel less satisfied than they normally do. Hormones and increased lubrication may make some women feel like their vagina is a bit relaxed, while others might feel that their pelvic floor muscles are too tight making the intercourse uncomfortable. Moreover, the rest of your body might feel more sensitive. 

3. Don’t Restrict Yourself When it Comes to Positions

Another misconception associated with pregnancy sex is that certain positions should be avoided as they can harm you and/or the baby. However, you should know that the majority of the sex positions are okay as long as you're comfortable. Doctors often recommend side-by-side, doggie-style, and pregnant person-on-top positions. This is because some of these positions support your belly while others may allow you to control the depth of penetration as going deep can sometimes cause discomfort.

Moreover, it’s advisable to avoid the missionary position during your third trimester as in this position, your uterus can put pressure on your vena cava and aorta. This can increase your blood pressure and reduce blood flow to the heart, decreasing the amount of blood reaching your baby. 

4. Oral Sex is Safe Too

It is safe to engage in oral sex while you are pregnant as long as you have your doctor’s approval. However, as your due date looms closer, thinning cervical mucus and pregnancy hormones can make things quite messy. If that’s alright with your partner, by all means, go right ahead. 

While receiving oral sex, make sure your partner doesn't blow air into your vagina. Even though it's rare, blowing air into the vagina can cause an embolism, wherein an air bubble may block a blood vessel. This air embolism can be life-threatening for both the mother and the developing foetus. 

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5. A Change in Sex Drive is Expected

Being pregnant affects your sex drive. Increased blood flow to the genitals and pregnancy hormones can increase a woman's sex drive, especially in the second trimester. On the other hand, many women experience a decrease in sex drive due to fluctuating hormones, discomfort, physical pains, and reduced energy levels. 

Your pregnancy can also impact the sex drive of your partner. In some cases, strains and worries felt by a pregnant woman’s partner can reduce his sex drive. In such times, it’s vital to make sure that you communicate with each other about your preferences and comfort level. 

Pregnancy sex can be a wonderful experience for both women and their partners. All you need to do is make sure that you are both open and honest about how you are feeling. In case of consistent pain and discomfort, see a doctor right away to ensure all is well with your baby.