Contrary to popular belief, having sex during pregnancy doesn’t physically hurt your little one. Apparently, babies are fully protected by the amniotic sac and strong uterine muscles, with a thick mucus plug sealing the cervix. (However, it’s advisable to check with your doctor to make sure your pregnancy is indeed low-risk before intercourse.)
Like everything good in this world, pregnant sex has its pros and cons. Here’s the low-down:
- Having sex increases intimacy with your partner. Psychologists believe that a woman should lead a healthy sexual life, adding that an intimate relationship is an integral part of her life.
- Sex makes you happier. This helps release endorphins and relieve some of the stress that comes along with pregnancy.
- Sex is a great form of exercise. Working out while pregnant helps keep you and your baby healthy.
- Sex while pregnant gives you more pleasure. According to experts, expecting women have higher sex drives because pregnancy intensifies blood flow and increases secretions in the vagina. This can really make orgasms feel more intense.
- Sex helps boost immune systems. In case you didn’t know, intercourse boosts levels of IgA (Immunoglobulin A) – which is an antibody that helps keep us from getting sick.
- Sex relieves pain naturally. Having sex can really help sooth those nasty cramps and headaches.
- It prevents pre-eclampsia. Sex during pregnancy can do wonders to keep pre-eclampsia (which is a rise in the blood pressure sometime during the second trimester of pregnancy) in check. This is because sperm has a special protein called HLA-G (human leukocyte antigen G) that helps regulate body’s immune system and lowers blood pressure levels in a woman during pregnancy.
- Possibility of an infection. The immune system of a pregnant woman is fragile and any infection can cause complications in the fetal development.
- Sex may not be as exciting. Many women feel self-conscious about their pregnant bodies while they are expecting.
- Your go-to position may be too hard to do. You may also feel tired really, really quickly. (Tip: Practice has showed that the most comfortable position for pregnant women is a spooning one.)
- There may be a bit of bleeding. As aforementioned, pregnancy intensifies blood flow and increases secretions in the vagina. This can lead to some vaginal bleeding during sex.