Sexual Life During Pregnancy
Many women find it inconvenient to have Sexual Life during pregnancy. These are due to hearsay and misinformation from the environment. Do not be afraid that the penis will harm the child, the labor will start early, or the water will come early. You can have a relationship with your spouse during pregnancy, except for some special cases (some risky pregnancies). The baby is well protected with strong uterine muscles in the amniotic sac and fluid. The strong plug in the cervix prevents infections from passing on to the child.
If you have had a miscarriage before, it may be better not to have intercourse in the first 3-4 months. To date, there is no publication stating that the relationship causes miscarriage. Although it is known that the majority of miscarriages are due to chromosomal abnormalities, progesterone deficiency, and infections, if your previous pregnancy ended with a miscarriage, we think it is better and safer not to have intercourse during these months. Because many parents attribute the relationship and blame themselves if they had a pre-abortion relationship.
Sometimes, in the late stages of pregnancy, you may find that orgasm causes contractions called Braxton-Hicks. Although it is uncomfortable to feel this during an orgasm, it does not harm you or the baby. But if you have given birth prematurely before, your partner should not discharge because the prostaglandins in the semen can cause dilation and labor pain.
The frequency of sexual intercourse should be arranged according to the physical and psychological needs of the mother. Psychologically, pregnancy concerns, feeling less attractiveness, fear of harming the baby, may decrease sexual desire. The important thing is that you can share and talk about these unwarranted worries and feelings with your partner. Physically, the first trimester (3 months) nausea and vomiting, third-trimester weight gain, breast tenderness, increased vaginal discharge, fungal infections may reduce the desire for intercourse. With the effect of the pregnancy hormone, vaginal secretion increases, but there may be a sense of pain during intercourse due to edema in the vagina as well as in the whole body. In the second half of the pregnancy, the mother feeling the movements of the baby starts to dominate and the sexual desire decreases. Hormonal activity and increased blood flow in the pelvis may cause an increase in sexual desire at certain periods during pregnancy.
It may be helpful to try different positions throughout pregnancy. For example, the way the man is on top will cause discomfort to both the mother and the blood circulation of the child due to the pressure of the abdomen in late pregnancy. Rather, positions, where the woman is on top or on the side and can direct the woman’s movements, can be preferred.
If you had a premature birth before, stimulation of the nipples may initiate labor pains.
Situations in which the relationship should be avoided:
Placenta previa, lower placenta
Preterm birth threat
Unexplained vaginal bleeding or discharge
Unhealed herpes lesions in the mother or father