While sex does not put your fetus at risk, it is important to reduce the risk of infection during intercourse. Engaging in vaginal sex immediately following anal sex can greatly in-crease the risk of infection. In addition, if your partner has been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease, all forms of sex should be avoided until you speak with your OB/GYN.
Some women may also experience a more active libido during certain phases of pregnancy. Increased blood flow can increase breast and genital sensitivity making sex even more pleasurable. As your body continues to change, you may find some positions more comfortable. Communicate with your partner and experiment to find positions that work well for you.
It’s also normal to have a reduced libido during pregnancy. Be open with your partner about your sexual desire and talk with your OB/GYN if you experience pain or discomfort during sex.
There are times your OB/GYN may recommend you avoid intercourse. Some factors include a prematurely open cervix, placenta previa, a history of preterm labor, carrying multiples or unexplained vaginal bleeding. If your OB/GYN has advised you not to have sex, all activities that involve orgasm and sexual arousal are included.
If you have any questions regarding sex during your pregnancy, your OB/GYN can help.