Can I have sex while pregnant?

If you feel up to it and your doctor has not specifically told you to avoid it, then have at it!

While some women cannot fathom having sex while pregnant, others actually notice an increase in their libido.

Sex is certainly possible, though, as you move further along in your pregnancy, some creative positioning may be needed to stay comfortable! That said, there are conditions where having sex can be dangerous. These include (but are not limited to) having a placenta previa (where the placenta lays over the opening of the cervix), concerns for preterm labor, a broken bag of water, or undiagnosed vaginal bleeding. If you aren’t sure, check with your doctor. Trust me, they’ve gotten the question before!

Men often worry that they will harm the baby with vaginal intercourse, and they should be reassured that the cervix and amniotic sac provides plenty of protection to baby. Lastly, the cervix can be a little more sensitive in pregnancy, so you may notice some spotting after sex. If it is heavy, there are any clots, or it does not resolve quickly, you should definitely check in with your doctor.

Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, December 2018

Comments

  1. At a certain point it just tends to become uncomfortable and my husband always felt a little uneasy towards the last few months. I do have to say though that towards my due date I thought it would help move labor along, which I don’t think it did but I did have my first baby two days early.

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  2. And it is so uncomfortable!

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