Maybe it's one of the most common questions, asked by couples during their visit to doctor. Is sex during pregnancy associated with any complications and can it bring harm to a baby? In general, you can be engaged in sex activity without any problems, if don't have certain risk factors.

Your baby is surrounded by protective amniotic sac, which contains special fluid. So you won't hurt the fetus during intercourse. Medical specialist may recommend you staying off the intimacy, if you have history of premature labor or if your placenta covers lower part of the uterus, called cervix.

It may be also better to avoid sex, if you have painful contractions or heavy vaginal bleeding after or during intercourse. Sometimes amniotic membranes may be ruptured too early. Remember that nothing should be put into your private part, if water is broken.

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Actually women feel different about sex during pregnancy. Some of us experience decreased libido, especially in the first trimester because of uncomfortable nausea, fatigue and drowsiness. At the same time other pregnant women say that their sex drive has become even more powerful than before.

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Changes in interest to intimacy may be also caused by hormonal fluctuations, which usually accompany pregnancy.

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In the theory, pregnant women should have lower risks of sexually transmitted infection and pelvic inflammatory disease, as womb is protected from ascending infection by mucous barrier. Nevertheless, your risks are still high, particularly in the first trimester. Chronic infection of reproductive system can return during pregnancy.

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While having relations is safe for most pregnant women, it may appear not so easy. You need to find the best positions with the partner, as you may feel dizzy and nauseated, when lying on the back. The reason is that pregnant uterine puts pressure on the blood vessels and impair blood flow. That can even lead to loss of consciousness. That's why lying on the side might be more comfortable for you.

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In addition to this, orgasm on the third trimester may induce uterine contractions, boosting risks of preterm delivery. It's really important to communicate with your partner and understand each other's feelings. Consult with your doctor about possible risks of intimacy and necessary precautionary measures to carry the pregnancy without any problems.

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Sources: Medscape, ncbi.nlm.nih, Emedicinehealth, WebMD

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