College can provide you a lot of sex education but no one answers questions as “Can I have sex when I am pregnant?”, “Will sex after pregnancy make my baby retarded?” to name a few among the weirdest questions that people ask the Internet. Although you may be a cupid we are sure you still have many questions about knocking when you’re already knocked up.
‘Yes, it’s perfectly fine.’ It’s perfectly fine poking without affecting the fetus. Take it from us, your baby won’t come out retarded. Now at this point, you might want to know more about it so we did our research to bring you some reassuring information. So couples cheer up, no more poking from the outside.
The baby is protected by muscular walls of the stomach and also the amniotic fluids present in the placenta from external shocks. The fluid is keeping your baby safe.
Let your Doc be your Pop…
If you are diagnosed with ‘placenta pervia’, a condition in which the placenta covers the cervix, having intercourse or even having an orgasm is a big no-no. Also, sperm contains a hormone called ‘prostaglandins’ which helps the uterus to contract. This is the reason doctors, on the general, advise avoiding sex in the final weeks of pregnancy.
Your doctor may advise you not to have sex if you have any of the following types of high-risk pregnancy:
- The risk for miscarriage or history of past miscarriages
- Preterm labor (contractions before 37 weeks of pregnancy)
- Vaginal bleeding, discharge, or cramping without a known cause
- The amniotic sac is leaking fluid or has ruptured membranes
- Cervix has opened too early in pregnancy
- You’re expecting twins, triplets, or other “multiples”
Theoretically, prostaglandins in the ‘sperm’ are the same hormones that ripen the gel in cervix inducing labor in women post-due pregnancy. So some doctors advise having intercourse.
Low libido, fine… High libido, make it count… but be safe.
Libido may not be high during pregnancy(though it’s rare :p). Pregnancy experiences are different for every woman. For some, it is a hit on self-consciousness due to the growing belly size while others find themselves more attractive with newfound curves that are raring to get busy. Prolactin secretion during pregnancy is another cause of low libido.
Libido will take a roller-coaster ride. There’s nothing wrong with feeling either way. Open up with your partner about the same, discuss and feel open to experimenting. The key is to feel comfortable and enjoy the most.
Sex positions don’t matter until you aren’t busting your own blood vessels with the baby’s weight. As always use protection. Pregnancy doesn’t protect against sexually transmitted infections — such as HIV, herpes, genital warts, or chlamydia — and those infections can affect your baby. So don’t be stupid. Contraception is not 100% effective blockers (Yes, that’s true. It’s written in extra small font-sizes on the packets. Thank me later.). Avoid sex until you’ve tested yourself for sexually transmitted infections (STI).
If everything is fine, and you are hot on knocking boots, may the force be with you.