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Sex during pregnancy

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lthough it is unfortunately sometimes seen as a taboo subject, sex during pregnancy is a great thing if it feels right for you. Let's take a closer look today at what you need to watch out for during sex during pregnancy and which positions are best suited. So hold on tight, it's going to be juicy.

In principle, anything that feels good is allowed, and of course this also applies when it comes to sex in the bedroom. Pregnancy goes. Many couples continue to enjoy sex during pregnancy, as sex is known to promote relaxation and is one of the best things in the world.

If your pregnancy is progressing normally, there is nothing to stop you from making love as long as there are no symptoms. The parents-to-be can therefore continue to enjoy their love life as they please.

The sensation of pleasure is not always the same

However, pregnancy is quite a hormonal change for a woman. This can, of course, also be reflected in the sensation of pleasure. The hormonal change triggers nausea, discomfort, constant tiredness and an unpleasant feeling of tension in the breasts, especially in the first trimester of pregnancy, which can have a negative effect on your sense of pleasure.

So if the first trimester of pregnancy is not always characterised by a high libido, this often increases again in the second trimester when the initial symptoms slowly subside. Another plus point is that the pregnancy hormones ensure that the sexual organs are supplied with more blood. This makes the clitoris and labia more sensitive to touch, which is why some women are more easily aroused and reach orgasm more easily. Other women, on the other hand, find touching the genitals unpleasant. As you can see, your own pleasure is highly individual and there is no universal rule for everyone.

Did you know? The increased blood flow in the genital area is also the reason why light bleeding can often occur after sex during pregnancy. This is not normally a cause for concern. You should only consult your gynaecologist if it lasts longer or is heavy.

In the last trimester of pregnancy, it often happens that the desire curve flattens out again. This is understandable, as your mobility is already quite limited due to your large belly, tiredness and exhaustion increase and your thoughts are often more focussed on the approaching birth than on amorous adventures.

Can sex during pregnancy harm the baby?

We would like to take this opportunity to debunk a myth that still persists, namely that sex during pregnancy is harmful to the baby. This is absolutely not true! During sex, the penis can neither touch nor injure the baby. Firstly, the unborn child is in the amniotic sac in the uterus during pregnancy, where it is surrounded by amniotic fluid and is therefore well protected from impacts. Secondly, from a purely biological point of view, the cervix is still located between the vagina and the uterus, which is why it is anatomically impossible for the penis to touch the child. During pregnancy, the cervix is also closed with a mucus plug, which has the task of protecting the uterus from bacteria and therefore also from infections.

Good to know: Particularly towards the end of pregnancy, a woman can have so-called training contractions after sex. These are caused by the uterus contracting during an orgasm. However, if these contractions are not severe or occur at regular intervals, they are no cause for concern.

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Wait, can't sex during pregnancy trigger the birth?

That's a good and quite legitimate question. After all, the Sperm also prostaglandins in small quantities. These hormones are also used to induce labour, for example when a woman is well past her due date. However, the amount of prostaglandins in sperm is so small that they are not able to trigger a birth. The only exception is when the female body is so close to giving birth that the cervix is already slightly open. In this case, the prostaglandins can make the cervix even softer and trigger contractions.

When should you abstain from sex during pregnancy?

If you are well and it feels good, there is nothing to be said against sex during pregnancy. However, there are some situations in which increased caution is required and you should refrain from having sex:

-vaginal infections, 

-Infections of the partner, 

-haemorrhages,

-preterm labour,

-placenta praevia (an unusually deep location of the placenta),

-Signs of an impending premature birth (e.g. premature rupture of membranes, weakness of the cervix). If, for example, your waters have ruptured prematurely, there is a risk that bacteria could enter the uterus and cause an infection, which is why you should definitely refrain from sexual intercourse in this case.

-Open cervix. If your gynaecologist determines that your cervix has already opened prematurely, you should also stop having sex so as not to increase the risk of a miscarriage.

As with everything, as soon as you feel unsure and don't know whether you can have sex during pregnancy without hesitation, be sure to clarify this with your gynaecologist or talk to your midwife.

Sex during pregnancy: the 6 best sex positions

Now let's get a little more specific 😉

To give you inspiration for your Sex lifen during pregnancy, we have summarised the 6 best sex positions that won't get in the way of your belly, so enjoy!

  1. Rider position

In the riding position, the woman sits on top of the man and can therefore determine the depth and speed of penetration herself. The growing belly doesn't get in the way here either, which can make the classic missionary position rather uncomfortable, especially in the last trimester of pregnancy.

  1. Reverse Cowgirl

 Why not try the reverse cowgirl position? Here, the woman sits with her back to her partner, which not only gives him an enchanting view of his partner's back, but also gives the classic riding position a whole new twist.

  1. Doggy style

The doggy style is also very popular with expectant parents, as penetration from behind means that the baby's belly protrudes downwards during sex and the pelvis is not strained.

  1. The spoon position

Another popular position for sex during pregnancy is the spooning position. In this position, the couple lie cuddled up next to each other in the so-called spooning position. In this intimate position, the partner can penetrate their partner from behind and caress their baby bump at the same time.

  1. Reverse spoon

As with the riding position, this can also be modified by lying face to face. This allows you to look into each other's eyes during lovemaking, which makes the whole thing even more intimate. Here's how it works: the couple lie side by side and look into each other's eyes while the man carefully places his leg on top of his sweetheart's leg and off they go. Meanwhile, the baby bump can rest comfortably on the bed.

  1. The lotus position

If both partners are very flexible, the so-called lotus position is also a good option, as it works well even with a baby bump. The man sits with his legs crossed, i.e. cross-legged, and the woman sits on him and wraps her legs around him or stretches her legs out, depending on what feels more comfortable.

Finally, oral sex is also possible during pregnancy without any problems, as saliva does not increase the risk of infection.

With this in mind, we wish you a beautiful and enjoyable pregnancy. Take care of yourself, listen to your body, only do what feels good for you and talk to your gynaecologist if you are unsure.

Sources:

Pregnancy and sex (13.06.2024).

Sex during pregnancy (13.06.2024)

Sex during pregnancy (13.06.2024)

Wendler, Nicole (13/06/2024), Sex during pregnancy

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Tina is the Marketing Manager at femSense and firmly believes that great things happen when women support and empower each other, because in this "men's-world" there clearly needs to be more sisterhood. She lives in harmony with her superpower aka her cycle and writes about all the topics that matter.

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