Sex During Pregnancy

Sexual activity can remain the same throughout pregnancy, unless indicated by your physician. Many pregnant women and their partners have questions about this topic; however, they are reluctant to ask. We hope you find this information useful.

Desire To have Sex In Pregnancy:
It is common that the sexual feelings will change in pregnancy. The hormone changes that occur in pregnancy can either increase or decrease your sex drive. Some women do not experience any change in their sexual desire. Your body and emotions are going through rapid change in pregnancy. Losing interest in sex in the first trimester is quite common, due to the nausea, vomiting and fatigue.

How to Stay Comfortable:

  • Change position
  • Water-based lubricant (Astroglide® – Over-the-Counter at pharmacies)
  • Talk with your partner

Does It Affect The Baby:
The uterus and the bag of water protect the baby. Although the baby may become more active, due to movement and/or sound, the baby is fine.

When Sex Is Not Safe:

  • Cerclage
  • Premature or early labor
  • Vaginal or abdominal pain
  • Bleeding
  • Broken bag of water
  • Untreated STD
  • If you have been placed on bed rest
  • If you feel you have any of the above, please contact your physician.

Communication and Intimacy:
You may experience mixed feelings about sex during pregnancy; however, remember your partner will too. Communicate with each other on what other activities you can do to promote intimacy. Spend quality time together. Once the baby arrives, it may be more difficult to do this.

Resuming Sexual Activity:
Usually 6 weeks postpartum, unless otherwise indicated by your physician.