SEX DURING PREGNANCY

Source: www.africanakua.com| Dr. Olasemo Ayodeji MaOzi, Nigeria

This post is for pregnant women and their partners (as well as other interested parties) on how best to have a good time during the pregnancy period.

HOW SAFE IS IT TO HAVE SEX DURING PREGNANCY?

Most people are often scared to have sex during pregnancy.

I must state that sexual intercourse will harm neither the pregnant woman nor her baby.

Also, contractions associated with orgasms are entirely different from labor contractions.

SEXUAL POSITIONS TO EXPLORE

How women feel about sex during pregnancy varies. For some, sexual desires are reduced, for others they are increased.

It is important you tell your partner how you feel. There is also an increased need to play with sex positions especially later in pregnancy (2nd and 3rd trimester).

It is advisable to avoid lying flat on your back “missionary” during the stated period to prevent compression of major vessels.

You may try sideways missionary or cowgirl variations.

WHEN TO AVOID SEX IN PREGNANCY

-Previous history of miscarriages or at risk of miscarriages.

-Previous history of preterm labor (contraction before 37 weeks).

-Low lying placenta in the uterus.

-Previous history of vaginal bleeding, currently bleeding per vaginum or vaginal discharge without a known cause.

NOTE

– If you are not confident about your partners sexual history, use condoms, pregnancy doesn’t protect against STIs which can affect your baby.

– If your doctor says “no sex”, please listen to him/her and that includes anything that involves orgasm or sexual arousal, not just intercourse.

-“Play with position” is not a license to bend her out of shape. “Play with responsible positions”

HAVE FUN AND PLAY SAFE.

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