Can We Have Sex During Pregnancy?
There is a lot of information on the subject and everyone is talking to women. But what about the to-be fathers?
For some men, pregnancy may trigger the desire to have sex. For others, it may put it on the back burner. We are giving you the ‘long made short’ and the dos and don’ts of sex during pregnancy.
- Remember, it is normal for a woman to feel uncomfortable or find the idea of sex during pregnancy unappealing. Either way, this is NOT a cue to seek sexual gratification outside your marriage.
- Always put your partner's desires first and be open to their needs. If your wife isn’t feeling it, try alternative ways of developing intimacy. Kissing, cuddling and a massage are ways to help keep the fire burning without putting undue pressure.
- Your partner’s healthcare provider may ask you to avoid sex if there are certain complications or pre-existing conditions that could affect the baby or the course of the pregnancy.
- Unless told otherwise, sexual intercourse won’t affect your child as they are protected by the amniotic fluid in the uterus. It also won’t provoke a miscarriage.
- If you have an active or recently diagnosed STD, make sure to use a condom. Sexually transmitted diseases during a pregnancy can be of serious consequence to both your wife and your unborn child.
- Let your partner guide the choice of sexual position. Their comfort and pleasure are paramount, and most positions are okay.
At the slightest sign of discomfort, encourage your partner/wife to call their health care provider or take them to see a medical care professional.
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