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Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

Is sex safe during pregnancy? Do we need to take any precautions?

Re: Is sex safe during pregnancy? Do we need to take any precautions?

The Bump Expert

Sex during pregnancy (or, let's face it, anytime) is certainly a sensitive topic, but as long as everything is normal and everyone's healthy, sex is safe from that first positive HPT right up until your water breaks. Don't worry about sex harming baby -- the amniotic sac that surrounds the fetus and the thick mucus plug outside the cervix act as protective barriers.

If you're at particular risk of preterm labor or miscarriage or notice unusual pain, discharge or bleeding after sex, your doctor might recommend certain precautions or limits. And, even if your pregnancy is perfectly normal, warn your husband to never blow air directly into your vagina. In rare circumstances, this can lead to an air embolism fatal to both you and baby. And of course, make sure you know your partner's sexual history and that he's been tested for STDs and HIV. (Yes, we know, you learned this one in seventh grade... but it's just that important.)

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Paula Kashtan

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Q: I've heard of Irish twins before and was wondering if we should be using protection while I'm prego. What are the odds of getting pregnant while I'm pregnant if we don't use bc?

AJluvsLI |

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that's a question I've been wondering about as well!

blessings1 |

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I used to work with a lady who actually had twins that were concieved at different times. Imagine her surprise! Basically, her son was born full term and her daughter was born premature (about a month and a half if I remember right). Her doctor told her that if you're still having periods, you're still ovulating, and therefore, you can still get pregnant. I wouldn't worry about it if your periods have stopped, but my cousin continued her periods almost her entire pregnancies with both of her children, so I had fun teasing her that she could have had a litter! :)

Sailor_Princess |

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I just looked on Wikipedia.com about getting pregnant while you're pregnant and it's contriversial, some believe it can happen and some believe it can't. They agree that if you have two uteruses(or uteri??) it is possible, but that's a rare condition.

BlueEyedBaby |

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Irish twins are siblings born within a year of each other. It is not having kids conceived at separate points and being born as twins on the same day.

nomadicprincess |

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My BIL and SIL went into false labor after having sex, how far along should you stop having sex?

Trainor11 |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

In regards to the not blowing air into the vagina my boyfriend and I have sex and he some times pushes air into me almost like a pump. Should I be concerned about this?

KickFace6 |

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You don't typically need birth control while you're pregnant. If you did then the birth control pill would be ineffective since it mimics the first month of pregnancy in your body over and over again

Anonymi |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

I am 18 weeks and me and my man have ad sex threw my whole pregnancy and we have had no proplems with our baby besides that I am anemic but there is no way its from that and as far as air being blown into my area it sometimes happens accurse on accident but it happens. I haven't got as far as labor yet but I have heard of a lot of people actually going into labor from having sex .

bryson111288 |

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I'm 9 weeks preggo today...my first few weeks i totally did not care for sex..but for the past week or so OMG i cant get enough of my hubby!! I've also heard that having sex can help you go into labor...

keyonablake |

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Sex is generally safe in pregnancy with a few exceptions- if you have abnormalities in your placenta (ie a placenta previa) or a subchorionic hemorrhage noted on ultrasound (that's where there is a small hemorrhage noted beneath where the baby implanted in your uterus- its quite common, and usually resolves without any problems.) Sex can induce contactions of your uterus- "false labor". If that happens lay down, and drink lots of water. Its usually not enough to send your body into actual labor (where your cervix begins to dilate) until you're pretty far along in the pregnancy. And if you're having sex with different partners make sure you use condoms- STDs have been associated with preterm premature rupture of the membranes (where your water breaks before its time). Otherwise- have fun!!

klutzygrl26 |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

It is possible to conceive twins at two different times. It's called superfetation. Basically, you concieve one then ovulate later on like you are haivng a regular menstrual cycle and get pregnant all over again. It is apparently fairly common in animals but really rare in humans, although there are several documented cases. Basically, two pretty difficult things have ot happen in order for it to occur. First, you have to ovulate in spite of your hormones telling your body not to do it anymore. Second, the embryo has to implant itself successfully in the lining of your uterus even though it's thickened in order to prevent this. Your body is designed to prevent this from happening so it's highly unlikely.

amykins1283 |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

As long as you have a low risk pregnancy sex is healthy and normal until your water breaks or you are in labor. Semen has prostaglandins in it which can cause contractions either preterm or term. If you start contracting after sex and are preterm. Drink a lot of water, not just a glass, but push extra fluids and rest. If contractions don't stop after an hour or so call your doctor.

mollyfsu |

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i'm 6 weeks pregnant is it safe to have sex?

jsushma |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

The ability to have "Safe Sex" is dependent upon you and ONLY your doctor can tell you for sure but, normally it's safe. Though you may want to use different positions, definitely NOT HIM ON TOP!

Angelica_N_Ray |

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Everyone has an opinion in regards to sex during pregnancy, including practicing doctors and old wives tales. I say listen to your instincts -- it seems that people have forgotten how instinctual pregnancy truly is. It's a time to acknowledge this Goddess that is within and without us. Not to sound cheesy but we are given the gift of pregnancy as a way to heighten our intuition.

JessicaEleven |

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I think that you should do what your doctor says is best. As long as you arent having any spotting etc and he/she says its okay then you are perfectly fine. Some positions are not as comfortable when you are pregnant. Personally speaking i havent had any problems with any positions and we have sex frequently. So, everyone is diffrent....bottom line just check with your doc.

DivaMommy10 |

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I think sex is awsome when your prego! totaly safe!! xD

mommy421 |

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I'm 15 weeks and have noticed that after sex my uterus feels harder than usual....?

j_domascieno |

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I'm 5 weeks, and I in no way feel like having sex. I feel so bloated, and my chest is so sore! I wish I wanted to, but I dont at all. My poor husband! He is being so awesome about it though :) Cant wait for this feeling to pass. Hopefull by my first U/S I will feel more at ease!

newtothis2010 |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

I had some bleeding a few weeks ago and I was adivsed not to have sex if it continued, but it stopped so sex is okay again. They told me to stop having sex if i continued bleeding because I could lose the baby. Aside from that it gives me a good excuse to turn down sex. Who can get turned on with the nausea, constipation, and being so tired.

lina1205 |

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My doctor said sex is completely safe during pregnancy unless you are advised not to by your doctor. I have loved sex throughout my entire pregnancy. Especially recently, its aloooot better. But you can have contractions after you have sex, thats why your uterus feels all hard. Or if you're having cramps, same goes for that. Its completely normal as long as the hardness and cramps go away. :)

ashleymadison |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

It IS only possible to get pregnant while you are pregnant if you have 2 uterus's. My best friend has 2 and it is an extremely rare condition. A lot of women don't ever have many symptoms or complications so they wouldn't know if they do have 2 until they get doubly pregnant or have other problems...but again it is extremely uncommon.

cuteness_129 |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

this is my first pregnancy and i want to have sex, but i am really nervous about losing the baby. we would both feel really bad if we caused something to go wrong with the pregnancy and wouldnt be able to forgive ourselfs for seeming selfish. i am 8 weeks pregnant is there any way of putting this behind us.

kmhensley21 |

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My doctor said it is generally safe. But if your partner typically hits your cervix, then sex should be avoided or a "full entrance" should not be made. It is not safe for the cervix to bit hit repeatedly. So depending on your partner's length, the safety can very.

TrailRunner2002 |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

Although depending on the trimster, sexual situations may be uncomfortable. Although safe it is always best to consult with your personal physician concerning such matters. Sex can still be wonderful so long as proper care is taken during said actions.

crashedd |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

I am about 27 weeks along. my bf and I still have sex. with a lot of communication to make sure I am still comfortable and gentle...omg its so incredible. dr hasn't suggested that we stop and as long as I'm in the mood I'm gonna go for it!

rainrebel613 |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

my daughter was born perfectly healthy and happy and has grown into a beautiful eleven month old. my fiance and i had sex all the way through my pregnancy and when i was on my due date with no signs of labor my doctor suggested i have sex to try to induce it!!! she was born two days later!!!

JJChechalk |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

Sex may and maynot be safe it all depends on individual circumstances. What i know for sure is that having sex late in pregnancy will have a higher chance of early delivery. The sperm helps induce labor, for those who are 3+ days past ur due date sex is recommended, that night or the next day u will deliver

lifesjoy |

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I think it is safe...

asd1213 |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

I'm 36 weeks along now, and I just stopped having sex with my partner, there haven't been any problems for me, it just takes a lot of communication.

alexisb233 |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

I've read that it is recomended not to have sex on the days your suppose to have your period in the first 3 months if it is your first pregnancy and if you don't know if you miscarriage easy... So I avoid those days and will do so till the 12 weeks are passed! But other than that sex feels so good (so sensitive) and I hope it will continue to feel that way for the 40 weeks!

vickduff |

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I'm 34 weeks. My private parts have already changed so much that sex for both me and daddy feels strange.

melodybaber |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

My husband asked me this question and I figured it would be here... I want to have sex whenever possible. I am 8 weeks pregnant and all I think about is food, sleep and sex.. Not that he is complaining about the latter. :)Good Luck and have fun Ladies

mrscheese15 |

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Is sex safe in your 40th week? Before your plug breaks?Up until when can you have sex?

babygirltba |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

for me having sex with my husband gave me a scare. we had sex in he morning and later that day i started bleeding ending up in ER. thankfully nothing was wrong. but i began bleeding again three days later and we still hadnt done anything since. Dr said most likely a blood vessel around the sac ripped causing the bleeding. But now I dont think I'll be having sex, for safety of my baby, until i give birth.

santillana_aguilar |

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I'm 22 weeks. Sex hurts-it feels like the first time: soar mostly. Should I stop having sex? my partner still wants to and promises to be gentle, but it's always soar after.

babyolive |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

In regards to the not blowing air into the vagina my husband and I have sex and he some times pushes air into me almost like a pump. Should I be concerned about this?

aflood6610 |

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when having sex does it matter how fast you go or do you have to have sex slow while pregnant.

ginaz08 |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

I am 14 weeks and I get bad cramps after sex in my pelvic area. I am worried about this and will have to talk to the doctor next visit. Anyone else get cramps? I told my hubby no more until we see what's going on.

Katie3383 |

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As far as the having 2 twins at different times talk.....National Geographic has a series called In the Womb Multiples and it talks about this very thing. It can only happen if you drop two egg in an ovulation cycle. Once an egg is fertlized it takes 72 hours for the uterus to close. In this window if another egg drops you can get it fertlized with left over sperm(since it lives for 5 days). Now on that show it also talks about how 1 in 400 fraternal twins born have 2 differnt dads. This mena multiple parterns got the mom pregnant within that 72 hour window. Now there is some thing to ponder!

bifbab |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

I had moderate bleeding after sex the other day. I am 17 weeks and very healthy. My doc said if you get too rough or if your partner hits the cervix repeatedly, it can be harmful. Because of this, the placenta slightly tore away from the uterus - not great, but usually heals with no problems. Be careful!!

taylorha21 |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

During my first trimester, my libido went into overdrive and my fiance and I went at it like jack rabbits. One morning we woke up and found a little blood and went to the doc. She said to stop because orgasms can cause a miscarriage so early in pregnancy. Reality Check!! I'm 25 weeks now and the urge has died down quite a bit, but it doesnt stop me from having fun when I want it (which is usually once or twice every other week). Just be careful ladies because the orgasms cause some contractions in the uterus that you may not need right now.

babypooh629 |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

CHECK YOUR TOYS!!! I used to work for a local couple's store and make sure that your toys are high quality...if they smell like a shower curtain DO NOT USE. It is a chemical called phalates and causes autism and infertility in babies... I recommend a medical grade silicone they run more expensive (usually $100+) but sooooo worth it...Like anything DO YOUR RESEARCH!

x0xashleyx6x |

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oops that was for the toys question...sorry =)

x0xashleyx6x |

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How bad is him on top for the baby or going to fast? scared of squashing the little one. Scared of going to fast...

Mangotree321 |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

I believe sex is okay during pregnancy. To answer the queston about going to fast or your partner being on top....This is my second pregnancy and both times my husband and I have had plenty of sex. Find a possession that works and is comfortable for both of you. As far as going to fast I asked my doctor and she said going "normal" speed is okay whatever your use to doing, try to limit hard,Fast, thrusts but as long as your comfortable and not in pain its okay, having sex is normal and baby is well protected so dont worry about your husand squashing the little one, pretty soon your hubby will feel like hes the one having major space issues :) I know mine did with our first child.

MarlanaB13 |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

Yes it is ok to have sex during pregnancy I asked my Dr. But she did say because of everything changing down there might be slight bleeding or discomfort. If that happens just hold off for another time. But my question is, Is it ok to use vibrators fir stimulation on the outside during sex?

rmbrock |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

everyone including baby books and my docter say yes...... so yes!!!! :)

andriaLOVESalex |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

Well, I don't have an answer to this but, I do have a question. My husband and I had sex last night and all day today when I go to the bathroom, there is dried blood on the toilet paper. I called my doctor and he said that it was normal, but it hasn't gone away. I don't know if I should calm down or if I should continue to freak out.

aslagle2 |

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i started bleeding immediately after, along with contractions...at 35 weeks. doc said not to worry, that my cervix was just sensitive this late in the game. now i'm 38 weeks, and it hurts to sit, walk, stand, or do anything, so i'm not too worried anymore. now i'm just trying to find a way to get through work every day without looking as sore as i feel.

timluvr1984 |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

im 34 weeks and it hurts me to have sex. My boyfriend hates it but it dont bother me not to have sex. I rather not have sex...but I still gotta please him while I can. After having my little girl I got to wait 6 long weeks.

Jae Jae Jones |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

I'm 17 weeks pregnant, and i had some spotting in weeks 11 and 13 of my pregnancy so far, i also had a misscarriage at week 9 of my first pregnancy (this is currently my second). i'm wondering if it is safe for me and my hubby to engage in sexual activity, or if i should be safe and refrain from any sexual intercourse/orgasms? please help!

laceyboudreau |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

Hi I'm 12 weeks pregnant and last time my husband and I had sex I noticed that when I was close to my big moment my body contracted which I know is normal but what worried me was that a little after I saw my lower abdomen what it looked to b my baby contracted on one side of my abdomen. We waited like 10 min and my little bump went back to normal. I'm not showing yet in fact I'm very thin. Could that be normal?? : s

loduca1686 |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

Sex is great during pregnancy!!!!! Especially during trimester 1 & 2. The first time I had sex after I found out I was pregnant, sex was weird and hurt a little. But, other then that, it's great, I am still having sex at 28 weeks, but I might quit at about 32 weeks for my babies safety, or maybe consult my doctor.

PerdewD |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

I heard from my doctor that it is. Just as long as you are not roughing it up. Exact words from my doctor lol

LaurenVillarrubia912244 |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

For me it was some of the very best I've had in my life so I hope so!

nikkibs |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

sometimes during sex I get a little sore, but that's always been normal,, one of my favourite positions is me on top, but it worries me because he is almost constantly hitting my cervix. can this cause problems or heighten chances of miscarriage? I'm around 6 or 7 weeks and my sex drive is sky high,, his on the other hand...... isn't. what to do?

guerabuckhernandez |

Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

You can call 1-800-733-4727 for free and confident information. I call them weekly with questions about things I can and cannot use while pregnant and they don't get annoyed. :)

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Q&A: Is sex safe during pregnancy?

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