Good news: unless you’re under medical orders, there’s no reason to avoid sex during pregnancy. More about week 17.
By now, your partner can visually tell that you really are pregnant. While some partners are thrilled by this, others get a bit squeamish—especially when it comes to sex. Sex during pregnancy is normal and healthy. The only reason to avoid it is if your doctor or midwife told you to (such as for certain high-risk conditions), or if you or your partner don’t want to. If you want to have sex and your partner is afraid of hurting the baby, rest easy—it won’t happen! Discussing techniques other than vaginal intercourse might help, too.
Read more about week 17.
Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, April 2020