Sex can be just as good during pregnancy. There is no reason why you cannot continue to have sex when pregnant unless otherwise advised by your midwife or obstetrician.
The main thing to remember is that unless you are completely sure neither you or your partner have an STI, use a condom every time. It is also a good idea to turn to safer sex options.
Although the idea of sex can sometimes feel a little odd when you are pregnant, keep the following things in mind.
The baby has no idea what is happening and will be perfectly happy and well protected. Don’t worry about hurting the baby – the womb does a fantastic job of keeping baby safe.
Changes in Pregnancy
As the pregnancy hormones flood in, what you like and dislike might change. Sometimes you might find your sex drive has increased, and the next week you might not feel like having sex at all. This is perfectly normal. Listen to your body and go with the flow. Remain open with your partner about how you feel. Talk about what feels good and what doesn’t and how he can help.
As the pregnancy progress to the later stages, you might need to try out some different positions to find one which is comfortable and enjoyable for you.
Many women, particularly in the late stages, begin to feel uncomfortable. Conditions such as haemorrhoids are very common, so it is best to avoid things like anal sex.
If you find yourself overdue, sex can be helpful in kick-starting labour.
Many women experience contractions during and after sex. These are rarely anything to worry about and may start as early as the second trimester. They are not strong enough to start labour unless you are ready to give birth.
When it comes to STIs, different types of sex carry different risks.
Of course, sex can never be considered totally safe unless both parties have tested STI-free. There are sexual health sites such as https://www.bexleysexualhealth.org/ which offer STI testing in London and other areas. It is also possible to order a home testing kit from https://www.checkurself.org.uk/order-a-test-kit/.
High-risk activities include vaginal sex, anal sex and oral sex without using a condom. Group sex or having more than one partner will also carry additional risk.