If your pregnancy is normal and you don’t have any problems, having sexual intercourse during pregnancy is considered a safe activity. However, there are some things that must be observed.
Changes in body conditions early in pregnancy such as hormonal changes, breast hardening, nausea, ups and downs of emotions, and fatigue can reduce the desire to have sex. When the uterus enlarges, sexual desire may still go down due to back pain and weight gain felt by women. But apparently in other women, an increase in sexual desire associated with increased hormone production.
Facts about Having Sex During Pregnancy
If your pregnancy is normal, sexual intercourse during pregnancy will not be dangerous. Here are some facts that you deserve to see.
- Your baby is protected by strong uterine amniotic fluid, so sexual activity will not harm him. This protection is aided by the muscles of the uterus and thick mucus that covers the cervix to avoid infection. Penises that enter during intercourse will not reach the baby.
- All sexual intercourse positions during pregnancy are generally safe as long as you feel comfortable. You can try adjusting your position with changes in your growing belly. For example, instead of lying on your back, maybe you and your partner can lie face to face, or you are in the upper position.
- Generally, miscarriages are not caused by sexual intercourse, but due to abnormal fetal growth.
- Oral sex generally also tends to be safe during pregnancy. Only, make sure that the couple does not blow air into the vagina because there is a slight risk of air embolism, which is air that can close blood vessels. This condition is dangerous for you and the fetus. Meanwhile, anal sex is not recommended because it can cause bacterial infection from the anus to the vagina, and especially if you have hemorrhoids.
Communicate the changes you feel to your body and emotions to your partner, so that you two can find the best way to have sex. In addition, also communicate if you are feeling uncomfortable for sexual intercourse. Intimacy can be built through chat, hugs and kisses.
Changes in body shape also make you may no longer be confident when having sex. In fact, most men think that his wife becomes more sexually attractive while pregnant.
Conditions to Avoid when Having Sex During Pregnancy
Although generally safe, but there are conditions that make you and your partner need to limit, even avoid sexual intercourse during pregnancy, namely:
Avoid sexual relations, including oral sex, if your partner has a dangerous infectious disease such as oral herpes, sexually transmitted diseases, or HIV. Latex condoms can also be used to protect yourself.
Avoid sexual relations if you have experienced heavy bleeding during pregnancy. In this condition, sexual intercourse can increase the risk of heavy bleeding.
- Avoid sexual relations when the membranes rupture because it can increase the risk of infection.
- Sex during pregnancy is also recommended to be limited when you are pregnant with twins.
- Avoid sex when the cervix starts to open more quickly.
- Avoid sex if you have experienced preterm labor.
- Postpone sex if you have placenta previa because of the risk of causing bleeding.
Cramping after sexual intercourse during pregnancy is normal. However, consult a doctor if the cramps do not subside after a few minutes or if you experience bleeding. In addition, consult a doctor immediately if you experience bleeding or odorous discharge from the vagina after sexual intercourse. This liquid can be a sign of infection.
In conclusion, having sex during pregnancy is a safe activity as long as there are no problems with the pregnancy. If you are in doubt, consult a doctor.