Will Sex Harm my Baby during Pregnancy?

Most couples are confused and scared about sex during pregnancy. It is a common misconception that having sex might affect the baby or cause preterm labour but doctors say otherwise. This article will help you unravel some of the common queries related to sex during pregnancy:


  1. Is it safe to have sex with the baby inside?

Yes. It is absolutely safe to have sex as the amniotic sac and strong muscles of the uterus protect the baby. The thick mucus plug that covers the cervix will protect the baby from any infection reaching in to the uterus. Your baby will not be affected in any way during intercourse.

  1. When is it safe to have sex?

If you are having a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy, then you can have sex in all 3 trimesters. Doctors say that pregnancy sex can continue till the expected delivery date because it is safe for women with normal pregnancy. However, most women have less sex drive in the first and third trimester due to fatigue and pregnancy symptoms.

  1. Can sex cause miscarriage?

No. Although most couples are scared that sex during pregnancy might cause miscarriage but it is not the reason. Generally, miscarriages are related to chromosomal abnormalities and other health issues. Thus, it is only an old wives tale and nothing to worry about it.

  1. Reasons to avoid sex during pregnancy

If you encounter any of the below symptoms, it is good to avoid sex:

  • History of preterm labour (from previous pregnancy)
  • Women having twins or more are prone to preterm labour so it best to avoid under doctor’s opinion
  • History of repeated miscarriages
  • Placenta covering the cervix which may cause bleeding (placenta previa)
  • Incompetent cervix – a condition where the cervix dilates and effaces without contraction in the 2nd or early 3rd trimester
  • Premature rupture of membranes (PROM) in which the amniotic fluid and sac bursts or have a hole prior to labour
  • If you experience bleeding or foul smelling discharge after sex which might be a sign of infection

Consult your health care practitioner about your health and take their suggestion to avoid any complications. Trust your body’s instincts and don’t be scared that sex might affect your pregnancy. If you feel uncomfortable, you don’t have to do it but if you like it then you can have intercourse with your spouse, which is completely safe and normal.


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