Sex During Pregnancy: Is It Safe?
Author, sex coach, international speaker, magazine columnist and sexologist Trina Read is here to answer your relationship questions!
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Reader Question: I’m recently pregnant and want to make sure sex during pregnancy is okay for me and the baby.
Trina says: If your pregnancy is proceeding normally, it’s okay to have sex as often as you like. Your developing baby is protected by the amniotic fluid in your uterus, as well as the strong muscles of the uterus.
The Bad News
That said, hormonal fluctuations, fatigue, nausea and breast tenderness in the first trimester can lower desire. Going into the second and third trimester, weight gain, back pain and other symptoms may dampen your enthusiasm for sex. Add to this, the roller coaster of emotions, and it can all take a toll on your sex drive.
The Good News
As your pregnancy progresses, there will be increased blood flow to the pelvic region, making it much easier to become aroused and orgasm. Also an increase of oestrogen means you will, probably, produce more lubrication.
The ‘Best’ Sex Position Is To Be Comfortable
As your pregnancy progresses, it’s important to experiment to find what positions work best. For example, rather than lying on your back, you might want to lie next to your partner sideways, or position yourself on top, or in front.
Best (Surprising!) Sex Tip
It’s not uncommon for a man not to want sex during his partner’s pregnancy – sexual activity should go back to normal once baby arrives.
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