Hormonal changes during pregnancy also affect libido. For some women, it goes up, while for others, sex is the last thing they would want to do. Whichever category you fall into – it’s totally normal!
IS IT SAFE FOR THE FETUS?
If your pregnancy is normal, sex is allowed. The fetus is protected by the amniotic fluid, uterus and abdominal muscles, therefore it cannot be harmed. As your pregnancy progresses and your belly grows, you will only have to experiment more. However, the most important thing is that everyone is comfortable and having fun.
SHOULD I USE A CONDOM?
Yes, if your partner has recently had a sexually transmitted infection or is currently having one. Condoms are also required when you are with a new partner. This rule applies to vaginal as well as oral and anal sex.
WHEN SHOULD I AVOID SEX?
Breast stimulation, orgasms, and prostaglandins in semen can cause uterine contractions. In a low-risk pregnancy, they are not a problem. However, in some cases, your doctor will advise you to refrain from having sex. These include – bleeding, placenta praevia, history of miscarriage or premature birth, cervical incompetence, etc.
SEX AFTER PREGNANCY
It is perfectly normal if sex isn’t a priority after childbirth. Post-delivery discomfort and new challenges of parenthood should not be ignored. Most gynecologists recommend abstaining from sexual activity 6 weeks after delivery. Of course, for every woman, this period varies because not only physical but also emotional readiness is important.
Breastfeeding can only prevent you from getting pregnant again for the first 6 months. In addition, it should be practiced frequently – every 4 hours during the day and 6 – at night. If you are not planning to increase the number of family members soon, we recommend discussing your contraception options with your doctor.