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Sex and Pregnancy

Okay so sex did the trick and you got pregnant now you have a foetus growing inside you.

All of a sudden your partner is scared to have sex, you are scared to have sex, and if you do how long can you have sex until it becomes a risk to your baby. At what month should you stop - 8 months, 9 months?

Well, the word on the street is that it’s safe to have sex whilst you’re pregnant! Hooray! Unless there has been any problem during the pregnancy like current bleeding, or a low lying placenta, then it may be best avoided and/or your doctor or midwife have told you not have sex. So unless that is the case you’re good to go, your baby is protected by the amniotic fluid in your uterus, as well as by the strong muscles of the uterus itself, so go ahead and have sex!

Remember that your partner's penis can’t penetrate further than your vagina so your baby will not know what’s going on, just in case that’s something that is worrying you! Another positive is that you don’t have to worry about conceiving so you can throw those condoms out of the window unless you are concerned about sexually transmitted diseases of course, then carry on using them.

A bigger issue could be whilst you’re pregnant you may not feel like having sex or the sex positions you enjoyed before you became pregnant are no longer comfortable. If this is true, start to be creative and find the positions that are the most comfortable for you, and remember as your belly grows you may need to carry on changing positions.

If you still don’t feel like having sex, there are other intimate things you and your partner can enjoy. But the key is to talk about this, don't hold it in tell your partner how you feel, and together work out other ways of being intimate.

Sex releases endorphins that can help you and your baby feel happy and relaxed, it burns calories so can help towards keeping you fitter and although the act of sex does not in itself induce labour when the time is right, sex releases the love hormone oxytocin, which is needed for a speedy labour.

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