What should you watch out for when having sex during pregnancy?

Most of the time, it’s okay to have sex during pregnancy. There are, however, a few things to think about in some situations to avoid the risk of premature birth and other dangers to the baby.

Sex during pregnancy – generally allowed

Since the baby is well protected from the outside world in the uterus and by the amniotic fluid around it, sex is usually okay. Because hormones cause more blood to flow to the genitals, the libido can be raised, especially in the second trimester of pregnancy.

Even so, many women who are expecting feel reluctant to give in. So, it’s not unusual for the way sex feels to change a little bit during pregnancy (e.g. more tender than wild).

Adapt positions to stage of pregnancy

It’s best to ease up on the intensity of the positions, especially in the last few months of pregnancy, so that you don’t accidentally start contractions. Most of the time, the women notice this because when they have a big baby ball, not all positions and entry angles feel good to them.

In these cases, please refrain from sex

When you’re pregnant, you should be careful about having sex, and sometimes you should avoid penetration altogether. Don’t worry; your gynaecologist or obstetrician should tell you about this. If you haven’t already, don’t be shy about asking; just do it.

Changes in the womb

If, for example, a pregnant woman’s uterus gets smaller than it should and her cervix gets softer, which can happen around the fourth month, they shouldn’t have sex. The same is true for the cervix opening early and amniotic fluid leaking. When these things happen, the chance of a baby being born early goes up.

Miscarriages in the past

Pregnant women who have already had miscarriages or premature births should avoid (intensive) sexual contact as much as possible.

Multiple pregnancies

Even in the case of pregnancies with twins, triplets or more, the risk of premature birth should be avoided by not having sex.

Absolutely pay attention to hygiene

Acute bleeding in women and infections in the abdomen are also clear signs that the drug shouldn’t be used. “It is known that infections can cause the cervix to open early and start labour,” says Dr. Christian Albring, a gynaecologist and obstetrician. “Because of this, it’s important to pay extra attention to hygiene when having sex while pregnant.”

During sex, it is important to keep bacteria from getting from the gut to the genital area (or even when showering). But don’t do too much cleaning! Please don’t use soap on the opening of the uterus or the labia. Instead, use only clear water. Before getting intimate, the partner should also take care of their own hygiene.

Sex at the end of pregnancy

At the end of a pregnancy, having sex with a man without protection can be a nice bonus. This is because the sperm contains prostaglandins, a tissue hormone that can speed up contractions right before birth and help stretch the cervix.

Pomer, Laura. “Worauf Ist Beim Sex in Der Schwangerschaft Zu Achten?” STYLEBOOK, 17 July 2022, www.stylebook.de/body-health/schwangerschaft/sex-schwangerschaft.

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