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 Sex during pregnancy
Pregnancy is a beautiful phase in a couple's life. It affects all aspects of a couple's life, including their sex life. And yet sex during pregnancy is a subject that is rarely addressed. Let's discuss things related to this aspect one by one.

Sexual intercourse during Pregnancy (Sex during pregnancy)

There is nothing wrong with enjoying an active sex life during pregnancy, unless there are indications from a doctor or midwife that there may be a risk to the developing foetus. The foetus is well protected inside the amniotic sac (the fluid-filled bag surrounding the foetus), and the cervix is sealed with a plug of mucus. The penis does not come into contact with the foetus during sex.

Safety Precautions
  1. Putting the penis into a well-lubricated vagina will not cause any harm to the baby. However, a couple should never put anything else such as a vibrator, inside the woman's vagina while she is pregnant.
  2. A man should be thoughtful and tender, moving his penis gently inside the vagina without powerful, deep thrusting.
  3. The couple should try more comfortable positions for intercourse instead of men-on-top position.

When to avoid Sex
  1. If a woman has had a previous miscarriage.
  2. Spotting or light bleeding occurring in the first weeks of pregnancy.
  3. Painful cramps in the abdomen may indicate the possibility of miscarriage in early and middle pregnancy, of problems with the placenta in middle pregnancy, or of premature labour in later pregnancy.
  4. In late pregnancy, if the waters have broken (the membrane around the foetus has raptured) it is advisable to avoid intercourse, even in order to stimulate labour, because the foetus is no longer protected against infections reaching it via the vagina.
  5. a history of pre-term labor (you've previously delivered a baby before 37 weeks) or signs indicating the risk of pre-term labor (such as premature uterine contractions) .
  6. placenta previa, a condition in which the placenta (the blood-rich structure that nourishes the baby) is situated down so low that it covers the cervix (the opening of the uterus).
  7. incompetent cervix, a condition in which the cervix is weakened and dilates (opens) prematurely, raising the risk for miscarriage or premature delivery multiple fetuses (you're having twins, triplets, etc.).

Alternatives to sexual intercourse
During pregnancy, as at any other time in a relationship, there are other ways that a couple may choose to give each sexual and sensual pleasure other than through having sexual intercourse.
Kissing, cuddling and caressing brings a couple close to each other

Massage is specially helpful in relaxing a pregnant woman and providing relief for any aches and pains Masturbation, either of one partner or mutually, can provide sexual relief and satisfaction when other forms of sex are not possible or desired.

Oral sex (provided care is taken not to force air into the vagina and thereby into the mother's bloodstream) Sucking ad licking a woman's nipples during lovemaking may be highly pleasurable and may also help to prepare the nipples for breastfeeding

Emotional Aspect
There is no right or wrong attitude to sex during a normal pregnancy, although whether in practice a couple continue sexual activity depends on a number of issues A woman may feel too ill, exhausted or uncomfortable to have sex, especially in the early and late months of pregnancy.

A couple may feel-especially in the later months of the pregnancy-that the baby is there and 'watching' what is going on.

There may be worries that having sex will trigger labour or harm the baby. In a normal pregnancy these fears are unfounded.

Some women may feel unhappy about their body shape and attractiveness; some may feel 'turned off' by the whole process of pregnancy. Also the woman may feel that pregnancy and motherhood are incompatible with sensual and sexual behaviour.

Enjoyment and exploration of sex during pregnancy can help not only to bring a couple closer during a particularly emotional time in their lives, and reduce any stress and tensions that pregnancy might bring, but also enhance their future sex life.

When to Call Your Doctor
Call your health care provider if you're unsure whether sex is safe for you. Also, call if you notice any unusual symptoms after intercourse, such as pain, bleeding, or discharge, or if you experience contractions that seem to continue after sex.

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