HEY BESTIE: I’m 24 weeks pregnant and I’m worried about what it’s doing to the baby when I have sex, will it have any effect? Should we stop at some stage of the pregnancy?
Congrats on your pregnancy and all the best with delivery as well. You are officially well past the halfway mark and the baby growth will speed up quite a lot in these last few weeks and months.
The good news is that having sex during pregnancy is safe and won’t hurt the baby.
The amazing news is that you are now flush with PREGNANCY HORMONES!
Yep. . .the hormones throughout pregnancy can increase blood flow to your genitals and make sex that much more enjoyable! Some call this a hormone overload but this can be sexual bliss.
As your belly (and ultimately you) grow throughout the weeks, you might find that you are uncomfortable in positions that were once comfortable and so you might need to get creative with your sexual positions.
Try standing, adding pillows around you or your belly for comfort and support. Some ideal positions are anything that makes your stomach feel supported, woman on top or side-by-side with your partner in a spooning position might be ideal so that you can control the depth of penetration.
If you are not in a mutually exclusive relationship, I would recommend using condoms as sexually transmitted infections during pregnancy can cause serious health issues for both you and the baby. You can also use sex toys throughout pregnancy – just make sure that they are cleaned well after each use to avoid potential infections.
Are there times during pregnancy in which sex should be avoided? Yes! Those times can include:
- If sex is causing unexplained pain.
- If you are experiencing vaginal bleeding.
- If you have a history of pre-term labour as orgasms and hormones within semen can cause uterine contractions and
- If you think your waters have broken.
Be open when discussing your body and sex throughout pregnancy with your partner as their feelings towards wanting to engage in sexual activity with you might also change throughout the pregnancy, especially if they feel that they might harm the baby.
Please reassure your partner that the baby is well protected and that the use of fingers, sex toys or a penis will not cause harm to the baby.
Although sex might feel different during pregnancy, take the time to find what works best for you.
If you feel that sex isn’t for you during pregnancy, that’s also okay.
Allow your body to guide you. After all – you want to be comfortable at all stages of your pregnancy, especially whilst enjoying sex.
Amanda Lambros is a sexologist and relationship coach with almost two decades of experience who takes pride in her “no b-s” approach to solving your problems. She is also a certified speaking professional and has written several books on relationships, health and business which have sold more than 150,000 copies.
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