Sex and Pregnancy

Let’s get real ladies. When it comes to sex and pregnancy, we fall into a few different camps. First there are those of us who, once the deed is done, have no interest in sex again until the baby enters college. Then there are those of us who feel we are the most voluptuous creatures who ever graced the planet and want sex all day and night. Finally, are those of us who figure sex is what got us pregnant in the first place and can take it or leave it for the next several months. Don’t forget, however, that your partner might have some distinct feelings about your pregnant body too! He or she might be incredibly aroused by your increasing girth; he or she might also act as though afraid to touch you.

Whichever group you fall into, here are some things to keep in mind while you’ve got that bun in the oven.

One, sex will not hurt you or the baby. The little squirt is safely tucked into its water bed for the next several months, and as long as your medical provider gives you the go ahead, you should feel free to, well,  go ahead.

Two, one of the fun things about having sex while pregnant is experimenting with different positions as your favorite standbys become uncomfortable or impossible with your burgeoning belly. You might also find as your pregnancy advances that intercourse is less comfortable. After all, you do have a small bowling ball sitting in your pelvis! But, this does not mean intercourse is out of the question. It just means trying different things.  Heidi has some great suggestions here.

Three, your breasts will feel different.  Here we fall into two main camps: “My breasts are HUGE and sexy and I can’t get enough of you touching them”, and “Ouch! Get away!”.  You will realize pretty quickly which of these you fall into and can communicate with your partner.  Also, it is normal to start having a yellowish, milky discharge around your seventh month of pregnancy.  This is the colostrum that your body makes to feed the baby its optimal nutrition for the first few days of its life outside of your uterus.  Inside, milkshakes and cheeseburgers really are the preferred cuisine.

Four, what got junior in, can help junior get out. There is research that suggests intercourse and orgasm can help get labor going or progressing. You should not put anything into your vagina once your water breaks, but up until then, sex is a perfectly legitimate way to attempt a labor induction. And a whole lot more fun than Pitocin.  Semen contains prostaglandins, which help to dilate your cervix and a good orgasm, obviously helps with contractions.  Even if these don’t work to induce your labor, is there such a thing as a bad orgasm?

Dr. Sears has some really useful information here.

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