Your sex life will likely ebb and flow during pregnancy. Be sure to be both respectful of your partner and vocal of your own needs and desires.
Though it may seem like pregnancy has thrown your entire life into upheaval, one thing that doesn't have to change right now is your sex life. Unless your doctor has told you to refrain from intercourse, having sex won't harm the baby. Some couples even report that lovemaking is more enjoyable during pregnancy because there's no need to take birth control pills or fiddle with diaphragms or condoms.
You may have more or less interest in sex than usual; both are normal. Likewise, your partner's libido may change during your pregnancy. Be open with each other about changes in your sexual desire. If you have any reason to believe that your partner has been exposed to a disease that can be transmitted sexually, practice safe sex or abstain from sex. If you think you may have been infected with a sexually transmitted disease, see your doctor so you can get treatment.
Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.
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