Vaginal intercourse can be continued as usual if your
pregnancy is uncomplicated. Discuss any concerns or questions with your doctor.
Sex during the first
trimester will not cause any problems, such as a
miscarriage. The fetus will not be harmed during sex, because it floats in amniotic fluid that acts as a cushion.
Your interest in sex may
change throughout your pregnancy. For example, nausea and fatigue in the first
trimester and physical discomfort from your enlarged uterus in the last
trimester may affect your desire for sexual contact.
the second or third trimesters will not usually cause any problems. Later in
pregnancy, you may find sex most comfortable when you lie on your side. Also,
orgasm close to your delivery date may start uterine contractions.
Your doctor will probably advise you to avoid sexual
intercourse if any of the following occur:
placenta covers or partially covers your
cervix (placenta previa).
(amniotic sac) has broken (ruptured
Contractions start earlier than 37 weeks (preterm
If you are infected with a
sexually transmitted infection (STI) during pregnancy,
it can cause serious problems for you and the fetus. If you are or may be
pregnant and are considering having sexual intercourse with a new partner or a
partner who may be infected with an STI, use condoms to protect yourself and
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