Sex is a healthy part of pregnancy
While visiting with a doula client today, the topic of sex during late pregnancy came up. “How safe is sexual intercourse late in pregnancy?” Perfectly safe* and vital for your relationship. Sexual intercourse during any part of pregnancy is as important as eating well, staying hydrated, preparing your birthing muscles, learning to breathe deep and relaxing. Each time the expectant mom has an orgasm her body is flooded with oxytocin, which stimulates mild uterine contractions. Those mild uterine contractions are excellent practice for the uterus. Each time dad makes a “deposit” of semen; the prostaglandins found in semen gently soften the cervix. The cervix will gradually soften preparing for birth.
OK, mom’s let’s pause for a collective “eye roll”! I know some women do not feel very sexy during pregnancy. The hormones coursing through the body during pregnancy may put a damper on mom’s libido. Which is why it is important to discuss feelings and improve the intimate relationship. Yes, sex while pregnant sometimes takes a bit of work and planning. Most women need to feel connected before feeling sexy. Most partners need to know the baby and mom will be safe during intercourse. Check out these links for more information on the safety of sex during pregnancy: Mayo Clinic on Pregnancy Sex and March of Dimes on Pregnancy Sex.
*Sexual intercourse is safe during late pregnancy unless your OB says otherwise.