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Many couples wonder if sex is safe in pregnancy and if intercourse will harm the baby. In most pregnancies, sex is considered safe and healthy. However, you should avoid intercourse or any sexual activity that results in orgasm if you are experiencing:

  • Vaginal spotting or bleeding

  • Uterine contractions

  • Ruptured membranes

  • Placenta previa

  • Or if you have been advised by your doctor


Note: You may notice light vaginal bleeding after sexual intercourse. Please call you medical provider if bleeding continues for longer than 30 minutes.

The woman’s comfort should be the most important guide during sex. As pregnancy advances, you and your partner may wish to have sex in positions that do not put pressure on the growing abdomen, such as the mother on top or by lying side by side. If you have any questions about having sex during pregnancy, talk with your medical provider.

The changes of pregnancy can affect sexuality and levels of sexual desire for both the woman and her partner. It is normal for a woman’s sex drive to change with the stages of pregnancy as the body image changes and discomforts come and go. Sexual feelings may also change as the pregnancy progresses. Discussing your needs and emotions with your partner will help you enjoy a happy and satisfying sexual relationship during pregnancy.

A pregnant woman should be aware that sexually transmitted infections such as Herpes, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis B, HPV, Syphilis, and HIV, can pass from a mother to her newborn. If you think you have been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection, please inform your medical provider. You can protect yourself and your baby from exposure to sexually transmitted infections by using condoms and limiting sexual partners.

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