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Sex During Pregnancy -- What's Safe and What's Not

Allison Hutton


For most women, sex during pregnancy is safe. Unless your physician directs you otherwise, you and your partner can continue to have an active and full sex life. The baby is safely cushioned in an amniotic fluid-filled sac and unless you're having very rough sex, you have almost no chance of hurting the baby. In addition, the thick mucus plug that seals the cervix helps guard the baby against infection.

There are some circumstances, however, when sexual activity may not be encouraged. If you have a history of miscarriage, for instance, your physician may ask that you refrain from sexual intercourse until after the first trimester. Other instances where sexual intercourse may present a problem are:
placenta previa or a very low-lying placenta previous preterm birth unexplained vaginal bleeding or discharge cramping an incompetent cervixdilated cervix unhealed herpes lesion in either you or your partner, or the presence of any other sexually transmitted disease.

It's best to remember that your doctor will be the best source of information regarding your concerns. The use of common sense, and listening to your healthcare provider, will guide you in the right direction.

Making love, intimacy and romance should not stop simply because you are pregnant. They may need "revamped" a bit, but they need not stop. Discuss all of your feelings and concerns with your partner, and remember that where there's a will, there's a way!

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