Safe Positions and Tips for Intercourse During Pregnancy

Submitted by Pregnancy and Baby Care team on August 16, 2012

Sex during pregnancy is permissible depending on other conditions during pregnancy. In some cases the doctor may advise that the couple refrain from any sexual intercourse during pregnancy as there may be a chance of a complication. During pregnancy intercourse the penis does not come into contact with the baby as the baby is well protected inside the amniotic sac and additionally the plug of mucus act as a secure covering for the cervix. There is however certain safety precautions that need to be undertaken during pregnancy ...


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.intercourse such as never inserting anything inside a well lubricated vagina such as a vibrator other than the penis when she is pregnantn The man should also avoid any deep or powerful thrusting during pregnancy intercourse and should instead ensure that the pregnant woman is comfortable during the actc

Sexual intercourse during pregnancy should be avoided if the woman has had a previous miscarriage or if there is any spotting or bleeding observed during the first few weeks of pregnancyc Similarly women who have a history of pre term labor should also avoid intercourse during pregnancyc One of the conditions of pregnancy observed in some women is an incompetent cervix wherein the cervix dilates prematurely as it is weakenede In such cases intercourse should be avoided as it may increase the risk of a miscarriage or a premature deliveryr As an alternative to sexual intercourse the couple may massage each other and stimulate themselves manually to provide sexual relief to each othere

Ideal Position

The ideal position for intercourse during pregnancy is the spoon position wherein the couple lies on their sides with their legs bent upwards and facing in the same direction with the man lying behind the womana This position is considered to be a very gentle one where neither partner is putting any weight on the other and is most ideal for making love to a woman when she is pregnantn The missionary position wherein the man is on the top of the woman should be avoided and instead the woman on top position can be adopted so as to reduce any pressure on the woman's abdomene It is generally advised to avoid intercourse from the sixth to the twelfth week of pregnancy as during this phase women are more prone to a miscarriageg Men should also understand that women tend to go through tremendous emotional changes during pregnancy and hence should try and support them through the various conditions of pregnancy and be as supportive as possiblel

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