It’s natural to wonder if you can have sex during pregnancy.
Pregnant women who want to continue having sex often wonder if it’s safe.
Some question whether it will result in miscarriage or harm the unborn baby.
So is there actually anything to worry about? Here’s everything you need to know.
Is sex safe during pregnancy?
Having sex during pregnancy is completely safe, unless your doctor or midwife has warned against it.
They will tell you if you have, or develop, any complications which will hinder you having sex.
In fact, it is safe to have sex right up until your waters break.
You won’t harm the baby – and having orgasms doesn’t increase the risk of going into early labour or cause miscarriage.
The baby is protected by the amniotic sac and the strong muscles of the uterus.
A thick mucus plug also seals your cervix, which guards against infection.
The penis doesn’t go beyond the vagina and can’t reach the baby.
Later in pregnancy, sex, or an orgasm, can set off something mild uterine contractions.
These are known as Braxton Hicks, and while they can be slightly uncomfortable, it is perfectly normal.
If this happens you just need to relax, or lie down until the contractions pass.
However, it’s important to not feel pressured into having intercourse during pregnancy.
Some couples find it very enjoyable right up until they are due, while others don’t want to.
It’s normal for your sex drive to change.