Is Sex During Pregnancy Safe?

Many women and men alike wonder if sex during pregnancy safe?  Sure for some women, the thought of sex while they are pregnant is the last thing on their mind.  Especially when they are dealing with nausea, vomiting, and overwhelming fatigue.

Yet others crave sex during pregnancy.  Not to mention, most men find their pregnant partners incredibly sexy!  

Dr. Salasche, an obstetrics/gynecology associate professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine assures that sex during pregnancy is extremely safe for most women with uncomplicated, low-risk pregnancies. 

So what’s the hold up?  You got two thumbs up from your OB but you are still freaking out?  Relax, sit back, and let me debunk yet another myth on sex during pregnancy.

MYTH #1: SEX WILL HURT THE BABY aka THE PENIS WILL POKE THE BABY

OH please!  Sex is not harmful for your baby.  The fetus is so well protected in the amniotic sac that virtually none of the acrobatic moves you two may be capable of will effect it! 

Let me say this again: the thick mucus plug that seals the cervix will prevent your partner’s penis – no matter how well endowed – from ever coming into contact with the baby.

MYTH #2: SEX CAN INDUCE LABOR

First of all, as the pregnancy progresses, women have all sorts of contractions.  Not to mention, they never end up going into labor!  The stimulation of female breasts during sex can speed up the production of oxytocin, causing contraction when a woman is near a term.  But often that’s all they are – a bunch of contractions. 

As a rule of a thumb, it is important to ask your OB if it is safe to have sex close to term given your health history.  Why?  Because some women are at high risk given their history of premature labor, early cervical dilation, placenta previa, premature rupture of the membranes or vaginal bleeding. 

MYTH #3: IT WILL HURT MY BELLY

No worries.  Sure as the pregnancy progresses, the traditional man-on-top aka missionary position is more uncomfortable for pregnant women.  This just gives you an opportunity to get creative and practice other sexual positions such as sex from behind aka spooning.  Not to mention an array of other positions such as woman on top or sitting in your partner’s lap. 

MYTH #4:  SAY GOODBYE TO ORAL SEX

This myth is partially tied to an actual medical truth.  Did I say partial?  Let me explain.  First, oral sex during pregnancy is completely OK.  That is – if the act itself - does not involve your partner blowing air forcefully and directly into vagina. 

Yes, I am scratching my head too, trying to figure out why would anyone attempt to inflate vagina as one would a helium balloon?!

Having said that, Dr. Foreman warns, “if oral sex is performed on the pregnant woman while blowing air into the vagina (I am still scratching), the woman can develop an air embolus, which can travel to the lung and have potentially fatal consequences.”

Sources

Sex During Pregnancy: Is It Safe?  WebMD.  http://www.webmd.com/baby/features/sex-during-pregnancy-is-it-safe?page=2

Dare to bare and share if you craved sex during pregnancy?  What about partners?  Did you find your pregnant mates sexy?