SAFE SEXUAL PRACTICES (POSITIONS) IN PREGNANCY

What is pregnancy?

Pregnancy can be defined as a process by which sperm from a man fertilizes an egg after it’s released from the ovary during ovulation. The fertilized egg then travels through a fallopian tube down into the uterus, where implantation occurs. A successful implantation results in pregnancy, on average a full-term pregnancy, lasts 40 weeks in women. 

Safe sex in pregnancy 

Pregnancy is a bonding time of emotional and physical change, the personal history, symptoms, and attitudes about becoming a parent influence the feelings that a pregnant woman has about her body and about making love with her partner during pregnancy. The pregnancy might alter how a woman and her husband feel about making love, and differences in sexual need might arise at any point in time. 

For most pregnant women, sexual intercourse during pregnancy is fine as long as consent is gotten from both partners, and they are both comfortable. However, some problems can occur during pregnancy that puts the life of the fetus at risk for premature delivery, and if you are experiencing vaginal bleeding, preterm labor, or ruptured membranes, you should not engage in sexual intercourse and you should avoid having orgasms.

How safe is sex during pregnancy?

Unless your doctor has advised that during pregnancy you shouldn’t have sexual intercourse, right now revel in the knowledge that pregnancy sex isn’t just safe it is also good for you. 

Will sex during pregnancy hurt the baby?

Sexual intercourse will not harm the fetus at any stage during an uncomplicated pregnancy. The fetus is protected by strong uterine muscles, an amniotic membrane, and a mucus plug around the cervix.

Can sex trigger labor?

Many studies have concluded that sexual intercourse during pregnancy is not linked to an increased risk of preterm labor or premature birth. Although, if a medical doctor considers a pregnant woman to be at high risk, it should be recommended that the woman avoids sexual intercourse during pregnancy or just in the later stages. Orgasms or sexual intercourse might induce Braxton Hicks contractions late in pregnancy.

Braxton Hicks Contraction is a mild contraction that women experience towards the end of their last stage of pregnancy. Although, the contractions don’t indicate or induce labor so it should not be a cause for concern.

What are the safe sex positions in pregnancy?

During the last trimester of pregnancy beginning from the 27th week till the end of pregnancy, some sexual positions are advised to be done during sexual intercourse which will be listed below:

Side-by-side position: In this position, the man lies facing the pregnant woman, and her top leg is kept straight and to the side. Your partner will slide their leg over and enter at an angle. This helps in keeping any weight from coming down on the belly. It’s very similar to spooning, but in this case, you and your partner are facing each other.

Spooning sex: It’s a comforting position where the partner holds and usually penetrates the pregnant partner from behind while lying down, both facing away from each other, but whether you’re penetrating or not, always touch the clitoris as that’s where the pleasure center is in later trimesters, it may be comforting to hold the belly. 

Cowgirl: cowgirl involves you, or the pregnant partner, straddling the other and is a good option in the first and second trimesters, Richmond says. This position ensures clitoral stimulation, this is when the lady rides the penis by sitting on the guy’s lap and facing him. 

Woman on hands and knees, partner kneeling behind: This is a milder form of doggy, in which the woman is on her all fours then the partner kneels behind her and holds her belly as a form of support to the extra weight. This is advised to be done in the first and beginning of the second trimester of pregnancy.

Reverse cowgirl: This position allows the pregnant woman to be empowered by allowing the pregnant person to be on top and control the intensity of stimulation, turning her back against the guy.

Sexual positions and practices that are not advised during pregnancy

  1. Missionary position 
  2. Spanking the woman’s ass 
  3. BDSM 
  4. Hard fingering 
  5. Some find prone positions (lying flat on the stomach) uncomfortable
  6. Also, as noted by every doctor and pregnancy book you’ll ever read, don’t blow air up into the vagina.

Benefits of sex during pregnancy

Sex during pregnancy can have some benefits for a pregnant woman and her partner. Possible benefits include:

Better orgasms. Increased blood flow to the genitals could mean an increased number of more powerful orgasms for pregnant women.

Keeping fit: Sex burns calories and can help to keep both partners fit.

Bonding between partners: Some couples find that sexual activity during pregnancy brings them closer together.

Boost the immune system: A 2004 study found that sex increases IgA which is an antibody that helps keep colds and other infections at bay.

Increased happiness: Orgasms release endorphins that can help mother and baby feel happy and relaxed.

What does having sex during pregnancy feels like?

Experiencing easier orgasms: Some women may have orgasms for the first-time during pregnancy because of blood flow and hormones. Sounds amazing!!!But that’s not the whole picture. During pregnancy, your body changes, and each day, week, and month can feel different from the last

Genitalia becoming more sensitive: Due to hormonal changes, some women find their sexual appetites turn voracious. They just can’t get enough from the sex buffet. What stimulates that need? It is known that in pregnancy, increased blood flow happens this is when blood also goes to the vulva, vagina, clitoris, and pelvis, engorging the tissues. Depending on how the person feels either pleasurable, irritating, or somewhere in between. Men might say they feel more fullness in their wife’s vagina, even during the first trimester. 

The vagina becomes more lubricated: And if you feel a little extra wet, well you are. It’s common for increased secretions and more lubrication to occur, mostly to fight bacteria (and bacterial infection).

The rest of your body may be more sensitive, too: In preparation for milk production, your breast shape and size may change and increase by up to a cup size or two.

 

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