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Many couples are unsure about how safe it is to continue having sex during the months of pregnancy. Here are some FAQs on sex during pregnancy:
Can sex during pregnancy harm the baby?
Generally, it is safe to have sex during all stages of a normal pregnancy. The baby is well protected in the amniotic sac inside the womb. However, in certain cases where a doctor has specifically advised against it, sexual intercourse during pregnancy can be dangerous.
When is it unsafe to have sex during pregnancy?
Having sex during pregnancy should be avoided if your doctor has advised you against it. This is usually so in a high-risk pregnancy. Your doctor might advise against sexual intercourse if:
- Your spouse has a history or threat of premature labor.
- Your spouse has suffered a miscarriage earlier.
- Your spouse experiences bleeding or discharge from the vagina.
- Your spouse experiences leakage of amniotic fluid.
- Your spouse has a low-lying placenta.
- Your spouse’s cervix is weak and has a tendency to dilate prematurely.
- You or your spouse suffer from a sexually transmitted disease.
- Your spouse is carrying twins or triplets.
Is it true that having an orgasm can cause contractions or miscarriage?
No. The contractions experienced by a woman during intercourse are different from the contractions that bring on labor. There is no way orgasm can bring on labor or cause miscarriage.
What are the signs to watch out for while having sex during pregnancy?
Consult the doctor immediately should your spouse experiences any abnormal pain, discharge, or bleeding from the vagina.