Is It Safe To Have Sex During Pregnancy?

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The amniotic sac along with strong uterus muscles protect the fetus well enough, making sex during pregnancy safe. Also during pregnancy the cervix secretes a mucus that forms a mucus plug, acting as another layer of protection. This also protects the baby from any external bacteria or organisms. It is advised to avoid sex during the last few weeks of pregnancy though.

Curejoy Expert Gina Hodge Explains:

For all the soon-to-be parents, sex during pregnancy might be a daunting issue. It could be pleasing for most to know that sex during normal pregnancy (a low-risk pregnancy) is considered safe, unless your health care provider tells you otherwise.

Since, the amniotic sac (sac in which the foetus develops) and the strong uterus muscles will protect your baby, it is said that sex during pregnancy is quite safe. Also, during pregnancy, your cervix secretes mucus, which forms a thick mucus plug. This plug forms on the cervix, and acts like an additional layer of protection for your baby. Further, it also prevents any bacteria from getting into the uterus. Hence, during sex the penis will not come in contact with the foetus. But some doctors recommend avoiding sex during the final weeks of pregnancy, just as a precaution.

[Read: Is Home Birthing Safe If Your Pregnancy Is Low-Risk?]

Your doctor may advise against sexual intercourse if significant complications are detected or expected. These may include:

  • A history or threat of miscarriage
  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding, discharge or cramping
  • Placenta previa (occurs when a baby’s placenta partially or totally covers the opening in the mother’s cervix (the opening of the uterus). Placenta previa can cause severe bleeding before or during delivery. Hence any physical excertion is restricted.
  • A history of premature labor also called preterm labor. It’s when your body starts getting ready for birth too early in your pregnancy such as premature uterine contractions.
  • Leakage of amniotic fluid (a clear, slightly yellowish liquid that surrounds the unborn baby during pregnancy, contained in the amniotic sac).
  • Multiple foetuses (twins, triplets, etc.)
  • Cervical incompetence, a medical condition in which pregnant woman’s cervix begins to dilate (widen) and efface (thin) before her pregnancy has reached term ,raising the risk for miscarriage or premature delivery

 When Is Sex During Pregnancy Not Safe?

Three types of sexual behavior aren’t safe for any pregnant woman:

  1. During oral sex, your partner should not blow air into your vagina as it may cause an air embolism (a condition when an air bubble or air bubbles enter a vein or artery and block it), which can be extremely dangerous both for the mother and child.
  2. You should not have sex with a partner whose sexual history is unknown to you or who may have a sexually transmitted disease (STD) such as herpes, genital warts, chlamydia, or HIV. If you are infected, such diseases may be transmitted to your baby, which may lead to lethal consequences.
  3. It is not safe to have sex when pregnant if you have cervical weakness and heavy bleeding.

When to Call the Doctor?

Call your doctor if you notice any unusual symptoms after an intercourse, such as pain, bleeding, or discharge, or if you experience contractions that seem to continue after sex.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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YuvrajSinghJamwal 5pts

Please tell me as i am married 2 years age and i am not in a position to make my wife pregnant. Please tell me the time of sex duration with my wife, its position and in a week how much should i do sex with my wife and best position of sex.

Manu Klota
Manu Klota 5pts

Hahahahah this is best......\U0001f602\U0001f609\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602

Jody Boers
Jody Boers 5pts

Must be.. We did, and none of our 5 kids have a hole in their head...

Edwin Alosa
Edwin Alosa 5pts

Try it for the first time and NEVER tell someone the result

Zwart Geel Rode
Zwart Geel Rode 5pts

in Philippines,talking about sex to my mother is too awkward so we learn that from somewhere.My friends are not married yet.Since I married to European,I really asked for it because I still have the urge to do that.My doctor said,there is nothing to worry about.It was even helped me during labor because my child is too big.

Eli Hernandez
Eli Hernandez 5pts

Grossss, wait till after the birth u nympho s

Ayurveda 5pts

Haley Haynes It's good that you are aware. But not everybody knows - what's and why it's good. Shouldn't you be aware before the doc tells you?

Klaus H. Oberhofer
Klaus H. Oberhofer 5pts

You obviously don't know the difference between Sex and intercourse.

Justin Clarke
Justin Clarke 5pts

Francine Bertomeu so many thirsty women \U0001f631\U0001f605\U0001f602\U0001f4a6\U0001f633\U0001f445

Haley Haynes
Haley Haynes 5pts

What a dumb question. Only your doctor can answer that for ypu based on your pregnavy and past pregnancies. I can't believe this is even an article.

Melody Hines Byrd
Melody Hines Byrd 5pts

I couldn't get enough. I was told that it helps the vaginal muscles for a better delivery.

De Idarraga Marcia
De Idarraga Marcia 5pts

I feel the need bc I love him and feel attractive to him. Not bc I fear. Love and desire are two different things. If you have a healthy pregnancy; the obgyn gives you the OK; why not? My point is there's nothing gross about it.

Francesca Hall
Francesca Hall 5pts

Are people still asking this question!? What kind of education did people get to think it would be unhealthy or harmful!?

Indo Yogi
Indo Yogi 5pts

Its not recommended in indian yoga and ayurveda. The mother and father should practice Brahmacharya(self control)during pregnancy. Instead of doing that, mother should meditate, have nice thoughts, listen to light music.

ArulanandanLakshmanan 5pts

Dear Sir... Do you tell me which Yoga book or Ayurveda scripture describes this ?  I have done enough study on these two and i never seen such description anywhere. 

Indo Yogi
Indo Yogi 5pts

No. Indian yogic philosophy say no. Whatever activities done by mother during pregnancy will reflect on child's spirit and mentality. Its deep philosophy. I dont mean that other people are wrong.

Yooly Binthi
Yooly Binthi 5pts

Shiyaa I-minath ZeEk NerCir Aishath Fasaahath

Shannon Glass
Shannon Glass 5pts

Sure, as long as u don't have high risk pregnancies like I did. Go for it!!

Athena Ariel
Athena Ariel 5pts

Wow. "Even though I'm pregnant, I have to have sex with my partner because he might leave me" complex. I think it's gross too. Not every woman is gonna feel the need to f*ck her dude when pregnant. If you feel like you have to have sex with your guy every day, every minute, and every second because you think your guy will leave you then you have major issues and that guy doesn't truly LOVE you.

Ayurveda 5pts

:) That's good, pretty adventurous I guess..