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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Is It Safe To Have Sex During Pregnancy?

It's strange that there's always a lot of talk about sex in general, but there's far less talk about the topic of having sex during pregnancy, maybe cause expectant mother's aren't typically connected to sexuality because they've attained a kind of divine level because of the child they're carrying. The truth is that most parents to be have a lot of questions regarding the safety of sex and what's considered normal and comfortable during pregnancy. The good news is that there's no reason to change your sex life unless your OB/GYN has advised you you to. Following are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding sex during pregnancy.

Will intercourse or having an orgasm during pregnancy hurt my baby?
The answer is no unless you have a medical issue that can cause problems because the baby is nestled safe and sound in the womb by the amniotic fluid that surrounds it. If you have a history of miscarriages, your physician may recommend that you abstain from sex early in pregnancy. In addition, sex may also be restricted if you have complications during pregnancy that may include bleeding or pre-term labor. If you have any doubts, have your doctor clarify what he means by "restrictions" if applicable.

Will my sex drive change during pregnancy?
In most cases yes and the changes vary from person to person. Changing hormones cause some women to lose interest in sex while pregnant while others experience an elevated sex drive. Some women lose interest in sex during the first trimester because they're uncomfortable and exhausted, while other's sexual desire remain the same as they were before getting pregnant.

I can't imagine making sex comfortable during pregnancy. Is it possible?
Yes it is if you play attention to your body. As your pregnancy progresses, you'll probably need to change to more comfortable sexual position. Most pregnant women feel nauseated and dizzy when they lay on their back after the fourth month of pregnancy, caused by the weight of the expanding uterus pushing on major blood vessels. During sex, you shouldn't feel pain, but a water based lubricant can be used to make things easier. If your intense orgasm contractions are painful, let your doctor know right away. If you experience heavy vaginal bleeding or your water breaks, call your physician immediately. It's important to note that once the water breaks, nothing should enter the vagina.

Having sex is the last thing I want to do at this point in my pregnancy? How can I keep my partner happy?
If you're not in the mood for sex, or your physician has restricted your sexual activity, you should still make time to be intimate with your partner; by intimate we don't mean that you have to have sex. You can express love and affection in several ways and it's important to do so, reminding yourselves of the special bond that led to having a baby. Set aside some one on one time, give each other a soothing back rub, enjoy a romantic candle light dinner together, take a nice walk, all great ways to nurture the love you share, along with some understanding of what the two of you are going through.

During this very important time in your life, it's more important than ever to talk to each other about sex during pregnancy and how you both feel about it. Communicating during pregnancy will help you both better understand your feelings and desires.