When Should You Stop Having Sex During Pregnancy?
Sex during pregnancy is no doubt a hot topic. Should you or shouldn't you? To answer this, you have to first know your body. Is your pregnancy high-risk?
For a woman to get pregnant, she would have processed lots of information about sex. Especially as it relates to getting pregnant. But there’s not much talk about how to handle sex during pregnancy. So, many women are left wondering if it’s a go or not.
For some women, pregnancy makes them want to get down all the time. But for some others, sex is the furthest thing from their minds. If you’re up for some bedroom action though, is there a time it’s not safe? When should you stop having sex when you’re pregnant, if at all? Experts have quite a bit to say on the matter, and basically it all boils down to the strength of your pregnancy. We’ve outlined below some of the times when sex may not be very safe for you or your baby.
When To Hold Off On The Sex During Pregnancy
According to pregnancy health experts, having sex during pregnancy is perfectly safe, barring any complications you may have. The baby has three layers of protection. The first is the amniotic fluid in the womb, next is your abdomen. Finally, there’s the mucus plug, which seals your cervix and helps guard against infections.
However, you should stay away from sex if you have a high risk pregnancy, or suffer the following conditions:
You’ve previously delivered a baby before 37 weeks, or signs indicating the risk of pre-term labour (such as premature uterine contractions).
Here, the placenta lies low in the uterus, covering the cervix. It affects about one in 200 pregnant women in the third trimester. Also, it’s more common in women who have previously had multiples, a cesarean birth, more than one child, or surgery on the uterus. There are three types of placenta previa: complete, marginal, and partial. A complete previa means the cervical opening is completely covered by the placenta, a partial is where a portion of your cervix is covered, and the marginal is where the placenta extends to the edge of your cervix. If you have this condition, your doctor has more than likely already talked to you about avoiding sex.
Additionally, if you’ve been put on pelvic rest, you definitely should not have sex. The most common reason pregnant women are placed on pelvic rest is bleeding during pregnancy. If women have bleeding in the first trimester, they are placed on pelvic rest until the bleeding resolves and they are out of the first trimester.
An additional reason to stop having sex during pregnancy is if your partner has an STD. It can affect you and the baby.
The others include:
- A history of repeated miscarriages
- Loss of mucous plug
- Leakage of amniotic fluid
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding or cramping
- incompetent cervix, a condition in which the cervix is weakened and dilates (opens) prematurely, raising the risk for miscarriage or premature delivery
- multiple fetuses
Some Styles To Avoid When You’re Pregnant And Having Sex
You may need to play with positions, especially later in pregnancy, to find one that’s both comfortable and stimulating for you.
Avoid lying flat on your back in the “missionary position” for sex after the fourth month of pregnancy. That way, you can avoid the weight of the growing baby constricting major blood vessels.
Another way to make sex more comfortable is to try lying sideways together. Or you might try positioning yourself upright or sitting on top.
If you have oral sex, your partner should not blow air into your vagina. Blowing air can cause an air embolism (a blockage of a blood vessel by an air bubble), which can be potentially fatal for mother and child.
9 positions to try
- sex from behind (also known as doggy style)
- you on top (also known as cowgirl)
- reverse cowgirl
- seated pregnancy sex
- oral sex
- anal sex
- side-by-side sex
The bottom line when it comes to sex during pregnancy is “to have fun, listen to your body, and be open with your partner.
Also read: Is it safe to have sex during pregnancy?