Pregnancy Sex – What You Should Know

 

 

 

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How to maintain intimacy with her during pregnancy even though at times, sex may not be possible? These and other common questions and concerns about sex during pregnancy will be the topics for discussion in the following paragraphs.

 

(1)   Is it safe?

 

This is probably the first question that comes to most people’s minds. In case of normal, low-risk pregnancies, the answer is safe. If significant complications with a woman’s pregnancy are expected or detected by her doctor, he or she is advised against having sex. Common risk factors include history of premature labor or birth, history or threat of miscarriage, unexplained bleeding, discharge or cramping, leakage of the amniotic fluid surrounding the baby, a weak cervix which opens prematurely raising the danger for miscarriage or premature delivery and placenta previa, which is a condition in which part of the placenta is covering the cervix.

 

If after being checked by the doctor that the chances of these risks happening are low, it is normally safe to have intercourse. Some doctors recommend that all women stop having sex during the advanced stage of pregnancy, just to play safe, because semen contains a chemical that may actually stimulate birth-related contractions.

 

(2)   How to cope with changes in sexual desire

 

Decrease in sexual desire normally happens during the early and later part of pregnancy as a woman’s body adjusts to pregnancy and prepares for delivery. Her partner’s desire for sex is likely to increase or decrease as well.

 

Some men feel even closer to their pregnant partner and enjoy the changes in their bodies. Others may temporarily lose sexual interests due to anxiety about the burdens of parenthood, or get concerned about the health of both the mother and unborn child. The male partner may have a problem trying to reconcile his spouse’s identity as a sexual partner with her new identity as an expectant mother.

 

Communication will be of great help in dealing with these issues. Pregnant women may want affection from their partners without having sex. Guys may feel that the lack of interest as a sign of rejection. It is therefore important to communicate your needs and to discuss other ways to satisfy your desire for intimacy such as oral sex, massage or masturbation.

 

(3)   Is it okay to masturbate during pregnancy

 

Self masturbation is a great way to release sexual tension and energy for both men and women. It is also a good way to stay sexual without penetration or when the expectant mother is not in the mood for sex. For partners who want to experience the passion of sex without penetration, both partners can mutually masturbate.

(4)   Is it safe to engage in oral sex during pregnancy

 

It is okay to have oral sex while pregnant. However, the male partner must not blow air into the vagina. If there is a concern for infection, dental dam can be used to increase the safety of oral sex. Swallowing semen during pregnancy is allowable as long as the partner does not have any sexually transmitted diseases. As there is increased discharge during pregnancy and if either of you are bothered by this, just simply wash up the area before oral sex.

 

(5)   Is anal sex dangerous during pregnancy

 

The anal canal is blood rich and anal sex can disturb the soft tissues of the anal canal and causing bleeding. Also the only thing that separates the vagina and the rectum is apiece of skin and this may make anal sex more painful during the advanced stage of pregnancy. If you do not engage in this before pregnancy, I do not see the need to experiment with it during pregnancy.

 

(6)   How about using sex toys while pregnant

 

Sex toys can be used during pregnant as long as the toys do not cause harm to the cervix or the vagina. Using external toys increases the risk of infection; therefore make sure the toys are disinfected before and after each use.

 

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