Sex During Pregnancy
In most cases, sex during pregnancy is safe. In fact, with your physician/midwife's approval, sexual relations can continue until delivery.
However, fluctuating hormone levels and certain pregnancy symptoms such as nausea and tiredness can temporarily reduce a pregnant woman's libido (sex drive). In addition, visible changes in the woman's body may affect sexual desire. Always consult your physician/midwife concerning any questions you may have about sex during pregnancy.
Sexual intercourse may have to be avoided if the following symptoms occur:
- Heavy vaginal bleeding
- Leaking of amniotic fluid
- Contractions after intercourse that do not resolve
Check with your health care providers if you experience any of these symptoms.
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Last reviewed: 5/18/2013