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Sex during Pregnancy FAQs

Learn everything you need to know about having sex during pregnancy from childbirth educator Elizabeth Mangum-Sarach in this Howcast video.


There may be all kinds of things you've heard about regarding having sex during labor. The truth is having sex during pregnancy is relatively safe for the most part. Sex may cause problems if you've had vaginal bleeding or spotting during pregnancy or if you have a new partner and are exposed to an STI. Every woman responds differently to their changing body, as does every woman's partner. So communication is key. It's important to talk about your feelings in regards to your changing body and for your partner to talk about your feelings as well. Sometimes you might feel your libido decrease or increase. Really you take this time during pregnancy to experience yourself and be true to yourself and what you need. A lot of time people ask me if sex or intercourse affects the baby. The only way that sex or intercourse affects the baby is if you're at risk for miscarriage and/or preterm labor. When you're having sex, if you have an orgasm, or even if you don't have an orgasm, oxytocin is running through your bloodstream and your uterus is contracting. If you're at risk for a miscarriage or preterm labor this could cause your body to go into labor prematurely. A lot of people are concerned about whether intercourse will affect the baby in terms of, will the penis touch the baby's head? The truth is, no. Your mucus plug protects your cervix, which is the opening of your uterus, from anything foreign entering into the cervix.

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