Sex while pregnant is safe for most

Good news for expectant couples: having sex while pregnant is almost always safe, according to new report published on January 31.

Appearing in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the report states that except for the case of high-risk pregnancies, most couples can freely engage in sex to their hearts' desire up until the due date.

"Sex in pregnancy is normal," the researchers wrote. "There are very few proven contraindications and risks to intercourse in low-risk pregnancies, and therefore these patients should be reassured."

What about triggering early labor (especially during the third trimester) or harming the fetus? Researchers from Mount Sinai Hospital and the University of Toronto reviewed the research and said there is no reason to worry, unless the pregnancy is already high-risk. Patients should discuss their situation with their doctors.

A few high-risk conditions that might interfere with your sex life are pre-term labor, or when women who are carrying more than one fetus or who have a history of early labor may be at risk for giving birth too soon. Women with pelvic inflammatory disease, or an infection of the uterus, fallopian tubes, or other reproductive organs, should also talk to their doctor first. Another condition cited is placenta previa, when the placenta grows across the cervix. In some cases, it's not advised to blow air into the vagina during oral sex, which can cause an extremely rare air embolism, a burst of air blocking a blood vessel, which could be life-threatening to mom-to-be and the baby.

The Mayo Clinic states that for some women, hormonal fluctuations, fatigue, and nausea may squelch your desire for sex. However, during the second trimester, increased blood flow to your sexual organs and breasts may spark the fire, while third trimester weight gain, back pain, and other symptoms may again sap it. Some couples may need to be patient, open-minded, and willing to try new positions for better comfort during various phases of pregnancy.

Experiencing fluctuations in your sex drive during pregnancy? Want to know what position works best while pregnant? Get more information here:

http://www.babycenter.com/sex-during-pregnancy-overview
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sex-during-pregnancy/HO00140

Accessing the journal report requires a subscription: http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/content/citation/cmaj.091580v1?ijkey=907c2be66ddfd299c1c4c2a7a387b84bb06ed79e&keytype2=tf_ipsecsha

A few tips on sex while pregnant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aC-99Ga2kHc

 

Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookPart of The Independent’s new eBook series The Great Composers
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    Ashdown Group: Front-End UI Application Developer

    £30000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Front-End UI Application ...

    Recruitment Genius: Digital Account Executive

    £18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...

    Recruitment Genius: Service Engineers - Doncaster / Hull

    £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Domestic Service Only Engineers are requ...

    Recruitment Genius: Employability / Recruitment Adviser

    £23600 - £27500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Employability Service withi...

    Day In a Page

    Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

    The secret CIA Starbucks

    The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
    Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

    How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

    The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
    One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

    One million Britons using food banks

    Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
    Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

    2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

    Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
    The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

    The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

    The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
    Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

    Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

    A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
    Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

    Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

    They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
    Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

    Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

    The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
    The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

    The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

    Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
    How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

    How to run a restaurant

    As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
    Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

    Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

    For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
    Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

    Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

    The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
    10 best tote bags

    Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

    We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
    Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

    Paul Scholes column

    I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
    Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

    Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

    The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...