Getting it On
There’s a lot of information out there about sex during pregnancy. Sifting through the wives’ tales, urban myths, and other questionable information to get to the truly reliable information poses a bit of a challenge.
There are a number of misconceptions about sex during pregnancy. Here are a few of them that health care professionals are often questioned about:
- Some believe that sex can cause miscarriages early in the pregnancy. The truth is that no sex-no matter how good it is- is going to get through the amniotic sac to hurt your baby or cause a miscarriage. Early carriages are caused by problems with your baby’s development such as abnormal chromosomes. They are not caused by sex.
- Sex late in pregnancy can harm the baby. Again, the amniotic sac and the fluid in it will protect the baby. Under normal circumstances, as long as you’re not having sex on the delivery table, your baby will be fine.
- Having frequent sex will cause a baby that’s overdue to be born. Having sex won’t hurry the baby’s grand entrance. On the other hand, if it makes you feel like you’re being proactive and doing something to help baby make his way into the world, it won’t hurt him either. Best of all, you probably won’t get any objections from your partner.
Fortunately, most people-and all medical experts-agree that it’s perfectly safe to continue having sex while you’re pregnant. There are, of course, some instances in which special circumstances cause sex to be unsafe for you or the baby, but these are fairly rare. Your health care provider will advise you if there is any reason why you should not be having sex during your pregnancy.
It has long been believed-and recent studies offer some fairly convincing evidence-that sex can help ease morning sickness. The general idea is that your body will adjust better to having your partner’s baby inside you by acclimating to greater amounts of his semen.
The bottom line is that it’s safe to have as much sex as you and your partners are comfortable having. As with anything else, of course, you should consult your health care provider if you notice anything out of the ordinary. If you are leaking amniotic fluid, experience bleeding from the vagina (during sex or otherwise), or have had a premature or preterm baby before, let your doctor know and follow her advice regarding sex during your pregnancy.