Sex during pregnancy: What to do (and not to do)

Sex and pregnancy. It’s a delicate topic for many expecting couples made more difficult due to hormonal swings, embarrassment, body image issues, natural shifts in sexual desire, and fears that penetration could harm the new developing life. In addition, sexual activity is not recommended when certain disorders are present which can negatively affect the pregnancy. But when complications or disorders are not present, sex doesn’t pose any real threat to the mother or the baby. In fact, sexual activity can help strengthen the bonds between partners in this new phase for the couple.

To help reassure, the Mayo Clinic, one of the most important American medical institutions, has a created a page of “do’s and don’ts” about sex and pregnancy. They begin with the most important questions: Is sex safe for a pregnant woman? As you expect, the answer from the specialists is a positive one.

In the absence of placenta problems (which are uncommon) or other complications, for which it is advisable to contact a specialist, sex does not pose a significant risk to the fetus. As it is protected by the amniotic fluid and the strong muscles of the uterus, there is really no risk of a miscarriage. Up to the point that both partners feel comfortable, there is no need to stop fantasizing and trying new things.

The use of condoms is, obviously, no longer necessary for a pregnant woman unless it is still necessary for the couple to consider contracting STDs. For this reason, it is recommended to use them only if the partner suffers from a sexually transmittable disease.

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