Sex During Pregnancy - Questions Answered

By Great Sex Coach, Cynthia Perkins, M.Ed.

Like a lot of other sexual issues, sex during pregnancy is not a widely discussed topic.

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Myths and old wives tales usually have the day whenever this topic comes up. However, a lot of people are looking for real facts and truthful answers to the questions they have on this subject.

Below are some of the most common questions on sex for pregnant couples and factual answers that meet the approval of medical experts.

Can pregnant couples have sex?
The straight answer to this question is yes. As with any other situation, a pregnant couple can and should have sex whenever they want. Only health concerns should stop a pregnant couple from enjoying the pleasures of sex. These situations include where bleeding has occurred, where the woman has a weak cervix or the placenta has been shown to be very low. A doctor may also recommend abstinence for a certain period during the pregnancy due to health concerns. However, as long as there are no health issues, couples can enjoy sex from the first to the last day of pregnancy.

Does sex pose a risk to the baby?
As long as you are not into any extreme forms of sex, normal intercourse will not harm your baby in any way. You can continue to enjoy sex in different positions as long as there is no straining or discomfort for the woman. Sex during pregnancy can only pose a risk to the unborn baby if it causes strain and pain for the mother or where it is done against the advice of your doctor. Under normal circumstances, couples can have as much sex as they want during the pregnancy.

Do we need sex during pregnancy?
While some women may experience hormonal changes that cause them to want to go off sex completely during pregnancy, it is important to remember the important role sexual intimacy plays in your relationship. Even where intercourse is not possible for health reasons, there needs to be a mutual outlet for sexual release. In short, you need sex during pregnancy for the same reasons you need it at any other point of your relationship.

Do men find their pregnant spouses sexually attractive?
This is one of the common concerns that drive pregnant women away from sex. They fear that their partners no longer find them attractive and may be forcing themselves when it comes to sex. However, the truth is that a lot of men actually find pregnant women very sexy. Men tend to keep this fact to themselves since they are afraid of being considered perverts or sexual deviants. The fact is that men generally find pregnant women to be very sexy.

Where can I get correct information about sex while pregnant?
This one question will answer all the other concerns you have about sex during pregnancy. The first and best place to get reliable information on sex for pregnant couples is from your doctor. This is the best and most reliable source which you can also use to verify info from other sources. You can also read magazine articles and books about pregnancy and sexuality. The Internet is yet another excellent place to look for information relating to this subject. However, when buying books, magazines and searching for info on the Internet, always remember to verify the reputation of the author and company behind them.

So, in a nutshell, sex during pregnancy is not much different than any other time of your life. Couples can feel free to maintain sexual intimacy and if you have any other issues that you need clarified on the topic of sex for pregnant couples, you should get in touch with your doctor or online experts who are available 24 hours a day.

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