Sexual intercourse during early pregnancy

Sexual intercourse during early pregnancy

Pregnancy comes with a lot of dos and don’ts. You will have to make changes to your diet, your lifestyle and many other aspects of your life. Knowing how everything is going to change, you may be wondering how your sex life will be affected. Sexual intercourse during early pregnancy is possible if you know how to do it right.

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Early pregnancy and sex

Sexual intercourse during early pregnancy will be affected primarily by hormones. During pregnancy, estrogen and progesterone production rises, and these fluctuations will affect your libido or sexual desire, your appetite, and your general well-being. No two people are the same, which means that while one woman will enjoy sexual intercourse during early pregnancy, another may have no desire for sex.

Factors that may turn off the woman’s desire range from include:

Sore breasts

Morning sickness

Fear for the baby’s wellbeing

Hormonal fluctuations that may affect libido

Physical discomfort arising from the changes in her body

Fatigue, drowsiness and malaise

It is normal to worry about the effects sex could have on your baby. The most common questions from pregnant women about sex are:

Will I miscarry if I have sex?

Can the penis hurt the baby?

What’s the link between sexual intercourse during early pregnancy and birth defects in babies?

Is it bad that my sex drive is too low or too high?

These concerns are all valid, but for the most part, you’ll find that you’re worrying for nothing.

Is it safe to have sexual intercourse during early pregnancy?

Unless there is a threat of miscarriage, sex during pregnancy is mostly safe. In healthy pregnancies, the baby is too small to get hurt by the penis. In advanced pregnancies, the amniotic sac saves as a protective barrier between the baby and the penis, so rest assured that the baby is safe even then.

The female orgasm helps work the muscles associated with labour and childbirth. Also, it is common knowledge that the body releases endorphins—happy hormones—during pregnancy. This hormone relieves stress and pain and relaxes the body.

Sexual intercourse during early pregnancy also ensures that physical intimacy between couples doesn’t diminish.

Overall, sex is okay in pregnancies where there is no threat of miscarriage and if the couple put some precautions in place.

The advantages of having sex during pregnancy

• Due to the increase of blood flow to the pelvic area, a woman can get intensive, larger-than-life orgasms

• Sex during pregnancy engages the muscles that are involved in childbirth, thereby strengthening them in preparation for the D-day

• It promotes good sleep and rest

• The release of oxytocin during sex can help improve your immunity

• Want to lower your blood pressure? Have sex during pregnancy

• It can improve your mood

• Towards the end of your pregnancy, sex can trigger labour in cases where the baby is taking too long to come

• Your growing belly will get in the way of your favourite positions, which could lead to exploring and trying other things in the bedroom

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Sexual intercourse during early pregnancy: when you shouldn’t have sex

Not everyone can have sexual intercourse during early pregnancy. Some women will have restrictions especially if they:

• Are pregnant with multiple babies like twins, triplets, etc.

• Have a history of miscarriages

• They have STDs and STIs

• If they experience vaginal bleeding or abnormal vaginal discharge

• There is a threat of miscarriage

• Have a low-hanging placenta or if there is a risk of a placenta rupture

You have to remain positive even if you get the news that you can’t have sexual intercourse during pregnancy. Try to remain positive and think of your wellbeing and that of your baby.

Are there good and bad sex positions during pregnancy?

Sore breasts and a rapidly growing belly might make sex uncomfortable. This means that you will have to rediscover sex with your partner. These are some of the positions you can try

• Spooning

• Woman on top

• Woman on all fours

While the above positions are comfortable, there are some positions you should avoid. These include:

• Missionary position

• The upright (standing position)

Sexual intercourse during early pregnancy doesn’t have to be interrupted unless in cases where it can disrupt the pregnancy. We have compiled a list of the things you should and shouldn’t do in the bedroom during this time.

Resource: American pregnancy 

WebMD

Read Also: What part of the breast hurts in early pregnancy?

Written by

Julie Adeboye