|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.
When to avoid Sex
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
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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