Wellness What every woman should know about sex during pregnancy

It is okay and safe to have sex once your pregnancy is in a healthy state.

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The beauty and healthiness of sex is often experience in a loving relationship.

This fact cannot be denied in anyway whatsoever.

However, there's always a question that arises among partners whenever sex is being talked about. It is whether if it is good or safe to have sex during pregnancy?

Is it okay and safe to have sex during pregnancy?

It is okay and safe to have sex once your pregnancy is in a healthy state. In fact, there are safe sex positions you and your partners can use comfortably.

And the use of these safe positions will make it possible for you and your partner to enjoy the pleasure that comes with sex during this period.

It is, however, important to state here that sex doesn't hurt the baby in any way because there is a fluid in your uterus known as amniotic fluid. This fluid helps to protect the baby during sex.

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However, if peradventure your pregnancy suffered some complications in the past or you're presently experiencing one, be it major or minor, then having sex may not be safe.

Here are some of the sex positions that are best during pregnancy

1. Woman on top

With this position, there is no pressure on your belly. And also, you’re in total control of how fast, slow and comfortable you are during sex.

2. Spooning

Lay sideways with your partner lying behind you. This position does not only make for more shallow penetration, it also position also helps lower the amount of pressure placed on your belly.

3. Woman on hands and knees

This position lowers the pressure placed on your belly, and  it works best during the first and second trimester. However, as your belly gets bigger, you may find this position uncomfortable.

Note

Positions that work before pregnancy and early in pregnancy may be uncomfortable or even unsafe during later stages of pregnancy.

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For example, lying flat on your back (also called the missionary position) after the fourth month of pregnancy puts pressure on major blood vessels because of the weight of your growing baby.

Here are some other ways you can stay connected with your partner without sex

It is not a must for you to have sex to be loving with your partner. You can be intimate by:

  1. Cuddling

  2. Kissing

  3. Massage (This is when you and your partner gently rub each other’s bodies).

  4. Mutual masturbation (This is when you and your partner touch yourselves to bring yourselves to orgasm).

  5. You should also try to talk about your needs in an open and loving way to stay connected with your partner.

  6. Try to make pleasure and comfort your guide. And change whatsoever you're doing if something doesn't feel right for either of you.

However, if you're worried as to whether your pregnancy is affecting your relationship with your partner, see your doctor.

What you should do if you cramp after sex

Don't freak out if you start cramping after sex. An hour or two of mild cramps isn't unusual because both orgasm and the prostaglandins in semen can cause uterine contractions.

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What you should do is to put your feet up and drink three large glasses of water. But should the cramping gets worse, call or see a doctor.

The same goes for spotting. Increased blood flow makes blood vessels more fragile on the cervix surface, and they may bleed a bit if your partner's penis rubs against the cervix.

However, menstrual-period-like bleeding warrants an emergency because the placenta could be breaking away from the uterus.

Also, call if there's fluid discharge because your water may have broken or may be leaking. But don't let any of this dampen your sex drive-- it's all unlikely to happen.

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