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Now that you are pregnant, you and your partner may have questions about the types of sex you can have and the positions that will best accommodate your changing body. You may also be wondering if pregnant sex will hurt the baby. Generally, as long as you are having a healthy pregnancy, you can have sex -- but check with your healthcare provider first.

An Overview of Pregnant Sex

One of the biggest questions asked during pregnancy is: "Can I have sex?"
The answer is usually yes, as long as you are having a healthy pregnancy without complications. Still, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider before doing so.
Pregnant sex can be a fun way to explore your relationship with your partner, and pregnancy should not limit your sex life. However, you may have to work through certain issues, such as:
  • Self-consciousness about your changing body shape
  • Your changing physical shape bringing new obstacles to your sex life
  • Worry about the baby
  • Morning sickness (actually "anytime sickness")
  • Changing sexual urges as the hormones increase.
Your partner may also have concerns, such as not hurting the baby or curiosity at your changing body shape. With a little communication and experimentation, these are all things that can easily be worked through!

Other Considerations for Sex While Pregnant

You probably have many questions about sex during pregnancy. Let's get started with the first few things that may come to mind:
  • Is sex safe during this time?
  • What positions will work?
  • What types of sex can I have while pregnant?
Safety of Sex While Pregnant
As long as you are having a healthy pregnancy, sex will be safe. If you have had bleeding or other complications, check with your healthcare provider first. Don't worry -- the baby is well protected in the amniotic sac. It will cushion the activity for him or her. One thing to keep in mind is to not have your partner penetrate too deeply, as this could irritate your cervix. Otherwise, have fun!
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