Pregnancy Sex – 4 Important Things That You Should Know

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If you want to get pregnant, you have sex. But what about pregnancy sex? Will it hurt the baby? It’s not rare for pregnant women or their partners to be concerned about sex during their pregnancy.

Here is what you need to know about pregnancy sex.

Due to some bodily changes during pregnancy, many women may feel different while having sex. Certain changes take place; the increased blood flow to the lower parts of the body can heighten sensitivity in some women, while for many others vaginal fluid changes make for an easier time. But not all women are so lucky. Some may feel tired because of hormonal changes, and the influx of blood can make them feel uncomfortable and cranky.

Here are 4 typical questions that people always ask.

1. Is it Safe to Have Sex Early in Pregnancy?

YES. Sex is safe in most pregnancies for all nine months, including in the beginning.

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2. Can Having Sex Hurt My Baby?

While both of you get it on, your baby will rest safely inside the amniotic sac. And, for any partners who are worried that they may hit the baby in the head, stop — no 🍆 is big enough to even get close.

3. When Is Pregnancy Sex Not Safe?

Sex might be restricted under the following, and possibly other, circumstances:

  • If you have a history of preterm labour or premature birth or are experiencing symptoms.
  • If you’ve been diagnosed with an incompetent cervix or placenta previa.
  • If you’re experiencing unexplained vaginal bleeding or are leaking amniotic fluid.
  • If you are carrying multiples.
  • If your doctor does place you on a sex hold, ask a lot of questions. It is not the time to be shy.

4. What are the benefits of having pregnancy sex?

Sex during pregnancy is good for both you and baby: It can help you sleep better, lower your blood pressure, and even make you happier!

  • Sex is exercise: Sex assists your muscles to work strongly and effectively giving your pelvic floor a first class workout.
  • Sex Lowers Blood Pressure: Regular sex during pregnancy, particularly in the second trimester, is effective in lowering systolic blood pressure – which keeps preeclampsia away!  (Preeclampsia is a serious condition of pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure, protein in the urine and swelling of the hands, feet and face.)
  • Sleep more soundly and Lower stress levels: Having sex during pregnancy releases oxytocin, a hormone which can help to not only alleviate anxiety and stress by reducing cortisol levels in the body, but it lowers blood pressure
  • Pain Reduction: It has been found that genital stimulation increased women’s pain thresholds, most likely due to the release of endorphins.   Orgasms – though sex in general, really – releases high doses of oxytocin, which dramatically increase pain tolerance.
  • Boosts immune System: Sex is known to improve the immune system. Research suggests that the more sex a person has, the less sick days they experience. This is especially true for pregnant women whose immune system is suppressed by the growing baby! Increased levels of antibodies can help ward off colds and fevers.
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Parents, find more articles and useful information on Motherhood.com.my.

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