Having sex during pregnancy and beyond is one of those things that is trickier to prepare for. Let’s face it, things change. Body parts go wonky; emotions go haywire — and that’s all before sleep deprivation kicks in. Here are some facts you should know about having sex during this tricky period called pregnancy. And yes, also immediately after!
Generally, the recommendation is abstinence in the first trimester and then again in the last four weeks of pregnancy. But experts would ideally suggest first checking with the doctor as each pregnancy is different and a medical check is important to determine what is safe. A woman who has a recurring abortion history or premature delivery is advised against having sex during pregnancy. In the first trimester, the placenta implants and all foetal organs are developed. Excessive jerks or jostling could pose a risk to the pregnancy. It can also lead to a miscarriage.
In the last one month, if sex is unprotected then it can lead to infection probabilities especially if the water bag breaks. There is also a risk of premature labour. The baby is safe within the amniotic fluid covered by membranes so there isn’t any risk to it but too much movement and jerk can cause pain to the mother. Cuddling and foreplay can be just as satisfying – it is important to be emotionally connected to be able to welcome the newborn with love in this world.
Some safe sex positions are woman on top, doggy style and even man on top but with not much weight on the woman’s abdomen – if there is any discomfort during this, the couple should avoid it.