By the time that you have found out that you were pregnant, you must have been very excited about the fact of having a new baby. It is usual for expectant mothers to assure that every single thing that they do will be safe for her and for her developing baby.
It might have crossed your mind if it is safe to have sex during pregnancy. Intimacy between you and your partner is important to both of you. However, you must also assure that if you engage in sex during pregnancy, it will not harm your child.
When health professionals such as obstetricians-gynecologists are being sought for advice regarding sex during pregnancy, they can discuss many factors related to the changes that occur to a woman’s body during the course of her pregnancy.
First, they say that the fluctuating hormonal levels occurring during pregnancy can influence a woman’s desire to engage in sex during pregnancy. Some women reportedly lose their desire to engage in sex during pregnancy, especially during the last months of their pregnancy, when their bodies enlarge and there are positions that are awkward to do because of the enlarging belly.
If this is the case for you, it is important that you establish open communication with your partner that you might just find other ways to express your intimacy other than sexual intercourse.
Another thing that medical professionals can discuss with you about sex during pregnancy is the importance of knowing if your pregnancy has low-risk or high-risk for complications. If you have low-risk for complications, then you can be assured that you it is safe for you to have sex during pregnancy.
Rest assured that for low-risk pregnancies, the fetus cannot be harmed by sex during pregnancy because it is protected by the amniotic sac and the muscles of the uterus.
However, if you find out that you are at a high-risk for complications, then you must decide to abstain from sex during pregnancy. The following are signs that you have a high-risk pregnancy:
- Having multiple fetuses
- Having an incompetent cervix, wherein the cervix of the uterus is weak and prematurely dilates
- Experiencing unexplained uterine cramps, vaginal bleeding or abnormal vaginal discharge
- History of previous miscarriages or threatened abortions
- Placenta previa
You can discuss your concerns about sex during pregnancy further with your medical doctor for you to be properly advised if your pregnancy is low-risk or high-risk and for you to be educated on the positions that will be more appropriate for you.