Mums to be can often get worried about having sex while pregnant; well there is no medical evidence that having sexual intercourse whilst pregnant does any damage at all.
There are a few cases where your GP may advise you about not having intercourse:
- If you are Prone to miscarriages your GP may advise avoiding intercourse for first three months or at times when you would have been having your period when your hormones would be at their lowest.
- You may be advised to avoid intercourse in later stages of pregnancy if you have a history of premature labour
- Your GP may advise you to avoid intercourse if you have a low lying placenta
There is no need to worry about your baby being harmed by penetration of penis as it is well protected. This protection comes from Muscular wall of uterus, from mucus plug that seals neck of uterus, and from bag of waters.
Sexual intercourse will not start labour if body is not ready. However, if your baby is overdue, arousal of nipple and intercourse could help in starting labour. The prostaglandins in semen soften cervix, and hormones released by nipple stimulation encourage uterus to contract. Sexual desires during pregnancy differ from person to person. Some women may just feel too ill or tired for sex, or a man may worry about harming unborn child. Some women may just not feel sexually attractive whilst pregnant. In these cases it is best to talk as a couple to reassure each other of others feelings.