Pregnancy

Can I have sex while I’m pregnant?

Pregnant couple feet with baby shoes in between

If you’re not having any complications during your pregnancy then the answer is yes!  This is a very common question and if you’ve been worried about asking, you’ve come to the right place.

With all of your hormonal changes you may experience an increased sexual desire or the opposite where you feel your interest in sex has flat lined.  If you can relate to the last situation, you may be hoping the answer is ‘no’.  But for most pregnant women, it is safe to have sex and/or orgasm while pregnant.

If you have any complications in pregnancy speak with your health care provider first.

Your next question may be “Well, how do I know it’s safe for me?”  If you’re not sure, speak to your health care provider about your specific concerns before you engage in sexual activity especially if you:

  • Have a history of miscarriage
  • Have a history of preterm labour or birth
  • Have any bleeding or leaking of fluid from the vagina
  • Are at risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection
  • Are feeling forced into having sex when you don’t want to

When you get the go ahead from your health care provider, keep in mind that as your body continues to change you may need to make some adjustments to stay comfortable.  Try out different positions and use pillows to support your body.  You can try having sex at different times of the day when you’re not experiencing fatigue, nausea or heartburn.  Remember that you can also express your affections by hugging, kissing, caressing or other ways that you enjoy.  The bottom line is to do what feels right for you.

 

 

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