Dr. Apoorva Pallam Reddy, Gynaecologist at Mathrutva Fertility Centre, Bangalore, India advises on one of the commonest queries of expecting couples, “sex during pregnancy”.
It is not uncommon for couples to be doubtful when it comes to sex during pregnancy. Most of the couples are worried that sex might lead to miscarriage or harm the developing baby. Few women in their early pregnancy might not be too interested in sex due to hormonal changes, nausea or fatigue; other women might experience increased sex drive and enjoy indulging in sex.
Let us clear away these doubts:
- Unless and until your doctor advises against sex during pregnancy, there is no reason to refrain from it.
- You cannot harm the baby during sex as the baby is well protected by the amniotic fluid and strong muscles of the uterus.
- You need to find out sex positions that are comfortable for you and your partner.
Sex is harmful during pregnancy when there are complications during pregnancy like:
- Multiple pregnancies
- Signs of premature labour
- A weak cervix
- Placenta previa
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding
- A history of miscarriage
- Water breaking
“If you experience severe pain, cramps, leaking amniotic fluids, or heavy bleeding after sex, you must immediately see your doctor.”
Don’t forget to practice safe sex during pregnancy:
- Protect yourself against sexually transmitted disease with a condom.
- Do not let your partner blow air in the vagina, during oral sex. It can lead to air embolism that can cause a problem for you and your child.