Sex during pregnancy

The last week of the first trimester might pleasantly surprise you. Now that you’ve mostly got rid of your morning sickness and fatigue, you will start feeling more energetic and you should be in a much better mood. Also, it’s likely that your sex drive will come back at this point. Here’s what you need to know about sex at this point in your pregnancy…

Sex does not affect the foetus

Many women notice an increase in their sex drive starting with week 13, but they try to suppress this desire because they’re afraid that sex might hurt the baby. But it’s normal to have sex during pregnancy, and it doesn’t affect the baby.

First of all, the foetus is protected by the amniotic fluid surrounding it, and secondly, you’r partner’s penis won’t stretch to the baby so enjoy your intimate moments while you can – as you get bigger in your third trimester you’ll probably feel less like sex.

If you haven’t had sex during pregnancy before, then you’re in for a pleasant surprise. You may orgasm much quicker and more often than before, because you have increased blood flow through the genital area and hormonal changes will help to ramp orgasms up too.

When is sex not allowed?

There are cases where sex isn’t okay during pregnancy:

  • If you experienced premature labour or birth in the past;
  • If you experienced bleeding during pregnancy;
  • If you’re having a high-risk pregnancy;
  • If you suffer from placenta praevia, a condition which means that the placenta grows in the lower part of the uterus and covers the opening of the cervix;
  • If you suffer from cervical insufficiency, a condition where the cervix starts opening before the pregnancy is carried to term;
  • If you or your partner have a sexually transmitted disease.

If you have any doubts or concerns about sex, don’t hesitate to talk about it with your doctor and follow their recommendations.