Might as well get in as much nookie as you can before baby arrives! Just take a few simple precautions.
- Step 1: Don't hold back; the contractions caused by orgasms are not harmful.
- Step 2: Be patient. Contrary to popular belief, you can't hasten your baby's arrival by having intercourse; in fact, research shows you may actually delay it slightly!
- FACT: In a survey, nearly 20 percent of expectant parents said their sex life got hotter during pregnancy.
- TIP: If you use sex toys, make sure they're made of nontoxic materials.
- Step 3: Don't let your partner blow air into your vagina during oral sex. In rare cases, it could cause a life-threatening embolism. And don't have anal sex, which could transfer bacteria from the rectum to the vagina, causing an infection.
- Step 4: Have sex any way that's comfortable for you; no position is off-limits. Side-by-side, woman-on-top, and man-behind-woman work well during the third trimester.
- Step 5: Don't be alarmed if your body reacts differently to touch. Some women's breasts and genitals become more sensitive during pregnancy; others become less sensitive.
- Step 6: Ask your doctor if you can have sex. In most cases, there's no reason not to right up until delivery. But your ob/gyn might advise against it if you're at risk of going into labor early, have unexplained vaginal bleeding, or other medical issues.