Pregnancy Sex Basics

The lowdown on sex during the next nine months.

Now that you're pregnant, there's no doubt that your sex life will change. But just because you have a burgeoning belly doesn't mean that you have to spend the next nine months living like a nun.

Safety Issues

Sex during pregnancy can be both safe and enjoyable. Your baby is perfectly protected in your uterus, and most couples can safely continue having sex right up until the baby is born. That said, there are a few situations in which your doctor will probably advise you against intercourse. These include:

  • Preterm labor
  • More than one miscarriage
  • Placenta previa (a condition in which the placenta blocks the opening of the uterus)
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Breaking of the amniotic sac or leaking amniotic fluid

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